Cook Time: 40-45 min
Drumsticks are second only to chicken thighs when it comes to flavor, straight up. Perfect fat to protein ratio. And they absorb flavors extremely well and almost always turn out flavorful and juicy unless you royally F up. But you won't, because this recipe is easy peasy :)
Heads up: This recipe uses my Yin and Yang all-purpose seasonings which work amazingly together in tandem, especially on protein like chicken. You're the Yin is smoky, rich, marinade-esque flavor profile, while To My Yang brings it home with a garlicky, full-bodied, savory punch.
What you need:
5-6 chicken drumsticks
1½ cups chicken broth
4 tbsp Emmpeccably Seasoned: You're the Yin
3 tbsp Emmpeccably Seasoned: To My Yang
2 tsp Smoked Paprika
2 tsp Cayenne
4-5 cloves garlic
7 tbsp Butter
1 bunch thyme
5-6 sprigs rosemary
*heat your oven to 380° F and line a medium baking pan with aluminum foil.
1. Season your clean drumsticks with the cayenne, smoked paprika, and ground pepper. Gently pat the seasonings on the chicken making sure they are integrated in every crevice of every drumstick. Then sprinkle with the To My Yang all-purpose seasoning followed by the You're the Yin all-purpose seasoning. I like to add the You're the Yin last because it helps the chicken develop a savory crust while cooking.
2. While the chicken is resting and soaking up the seasoning goodness, chop up up two cloves of garlic. You're going for larger ¼ to ½ inch pieces.
3. Heat up a medium-large pan or jumbo cooker on medium to high heat and toss in 3 tbsp of butter. Once it starts melting, toss in the chopped garlic and sautee lightly to flavor the butter and get the aromas going. Chop up your shallot, rosemary, and thyme as well.
4. Turn up the heat and add in the chicken. Cook on one side for about 8 minutes till it crisps up and then flip and cook for another 8. This won't be nearly enough time to thoroughly cook it, we just want a crispy and flavorful crust to develop. Using You're the Yin makes this a breeze.
5. After you get a nice color take the chicken out of the pan (leave the crispy bits behind) and place in the pre-lined pan and put it in the oven for 20-25 more minutes
6. While that's going, heat up the pan you made the chicken in along with the crispy bits which we're leaving in for flavor. Pick out any super burnt pieces. Once the pan is hot enough, you're going to toss in the rest of your butter.
7. Once the butter is melted enough, pour in the chicken broth and toss in some salt, the rosemary, thyme, shallot, garlic and squeeze half the lemon in.
8. Let this simmer on low, while stirring regularly for about 15 minutes. At around 20 minutes take your chicken out of the oven and place them in your lemon herb sauce. Baste frequently and squeeze in the last of the lemon and marry the flavors.
9. After simmering for 10 minutes, your chicken is done. Garnish with more fresh thyme and rosemary. The drumsticks are great alone, but I enjoy them immensely with a side of rice.