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Eating a meal with your hands always feels like an exciting and novel experience -- even if it means way more napkins and a whole lot of cleanup ahead. Remember when you were a kid, and the whole silverware deal just wasn’t your style? Well, we’re here to help you bring that mentality back.

One of the most fun things to eat with you hands is a chicken drumstick. There’s something about wielding a large drumstick and sinking your teeth into it that makes you feel like a caveman, or a lord in the middle ages (don’t pretend you haven’t imagined that). Though some drumstick meals are easier eaten with a fork and knife, feel free to use your hands -- we won't judge. Here are a few drumstick-friendly recipes so that you can get in touch with your wild side.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

Chicken with 40 Cloves on Food52


Tamarind Chicken by Summer of Eggplant

Tamarind Chicken on Food52


Grandma Virginia's OvenFried Chicken by luvcookbooks

Fried Chicken on Food52


Spiced Roast Chicken with Za'atar Yoghurt by BurntCream

Spiced Roast Chicken on Food52


Chicken with Mustard and Red Peppers by Merrill Stubbs

Chicken wih Mustard and Red Peppers on Food52


Braised Moraccan Chicken and Olives by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Moraccan Chicken on Food52


Chicken that Fancies Itself Spanish with Lemons, Onions, and Olives by MeghanVK

Chicken that Fancies itself Spanish on Food52


Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes

Michael Ruhlman's Chicken on Food52


Chicken Adobo with Rice by Jackie Varriano

Chicken Adobo with Rice on Food52


Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar Sauce by ChefJune

Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar Sauce on Food52

Roasted Achiote Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli, and Tangerine Aioli by savorthis

Raosted Achiote Chicken on Food52

Tags: menu ideas, chicken drumsticks, chicken

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about 1 year ago Pam Shropshire

We all prefer dark meat at my house, so leg quarters is my favorite cut of chicken. Our favorite is a garlic lime chicken that cooks up in about 30 minutes, but I will definitely be added several of these recipes to the rotation.


about 1 year ago Linda Burkhart

Before you make a summer ratatouille start the chicken legs/thighs and then make your ratatouille in the same pan. You'll love it, especially with fresh from the farmers market ingredients. Add some dry white wine. It's heaven in a pan.


about 1 year ago Olypeninah

that's a great suggestion. Thanks!


about 1 year ago Allyn

I'm adding quite a few of these to my list. We tend to do whole chickens, but back when I was single I would often cook up a big batch of simple chicken legs (like Pioneer Woman's spicy roasted chicken legs (http://thepioneerwoman...) but I'd use Tony Chachere's instead of Hot Salt) and eat them through the week. Good hot, good cold straight from the fridge for breakfast, good shredded into something else... I need to start adding legs back into the rotation.