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Old 01-28-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Tired of our routine chicken entrée

My dilemma is as follows: I am tired of our routine chicken entrees and assumed since we've had it so much (4 days out of six) that hubby would be too. I was WRoNG. I asked him to pick out the meat for supper tomorrow - he brings me a huge pack of chicken drumsticks. I don't want to fry them (unhealthy and all that). I'm thinking of baking them. I'd like to keep them intact. Now for help with some flavor. I love chicken, but I need help before my chicken love turns to chicken loathing. So here is the regular routine flavors I'm trying to avoid: hot wings, Italian marinades, teriyaki. Also would like to avoid marinara sauce. Ok, ready for suggestions.

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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Baking pan, layered with sliced onions and garlic. Drumsticks on top, lots of coarse ground pepper and lemon juice, sea salt sprinkled on. Cover with foil, Bake, remove foil last 10 minutes for chicken to brown. Serve on white rice, spooning the pan juices over with the onions.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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Shake n Bake (or your homemade version).

Brush drumsticks with mustard and then sprinkle seasoned salt on them liberally and grill or bake in oven.

Lemon pepper, some zest and onion powder then baked.

Coq au vin.

Lightly fried with gravy and buttermilk biscuits.

Sweet and tangy (1 cup ketchup, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup salsa and 1 Tbsp oregano) poured over drumsticks and baked in oven. Serve with rice.

Cacciatore.

Brushed with BBQ sauce?
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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I do them with a molasses/tomato barbeque sauce and then use the pan drippings to coat cooked rice for a sort of sticky rice. Not healthy but, tasty.

I also do an oven fry sort of shake and bake made with flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, pepper and various spices. I just wet the chicken and coat it then bake in an oiled pan.

Toss in some lemon juice and bake them on a cookie sheet with some melted butter.

Finally the old smother it with cream of something soup and use the gravy over noodles, potatoes etc.

Lately I have been buying a whole chicken and stuffing it with odds and ends for an old fashioned Sunday dinner type meal. The leftovers give me a little more variety for about the same price as the legs.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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It looks like we all need some inspiration!
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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i don't buy legs. thighs however are very good in crock pot with salsa. shred up to put on a tortilla, then add what ever you like, cheese, onions, lettuce etc.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #7
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I had leftover chimichurri sauce, put it under the skin of bone-on chicken breasts and baked it. It was awesome!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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My dilemma is as follows: I am tired of our routine chicken entrees and assumed since we've had it so much (4 days out of six) that hubby would be too. I was WRoNG. I asked him to pick out the meat for supper tomorrow - he brings me a huge pack of chicken drumsticks. I don't want to fry them (unhealthy and all that). I'm thinking of baking them. I'd like to keep them intact. Now for help with some flavor. I love chicken, but I need help before my chicken love turns to chicken loathing. So here is the regular routine flavors I'm trying to avoid: hot wings, Italian marinades, teriyaki. Also would like to avoid marinara sauce. Ok, ready for suggestions.
Here's one of my favorite out of the ordinary chicken recipes. Kayelle's Chicken Paprikash I use cut up chicken thighs but whole drumsticks could be adapted. I would brown them first.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #9
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I think drumsticks are the least desirable and most difficult chicken part to cook on a repeated basis. Think chicken wings. If you don't enjoy those recipes then at least switch to chicken thighs.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #10
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I think drumsticks are the least desirable and most difficult chicken part to cook on a repeated basis. Think chicken wings. If you don't enjoy those recipes then at least switch to chicken thighs.
I must agree with you Greg. I don't like drumsticks ever, and personally won't eat them, however the question was how to use drumsticks.
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