Do you like buffalo chicken? There is something so special about this dish, with the moist, juicy chicken, the hot buttery sauce, and the crunchy veggie batons and ranch dressing that often accompanies this dish. The following recipe takes buffalo chicken to the next level, using the barbeque as the cooking method. The barbeque is going to add a smoky accent to the dish which makes it even more delicious. The sauce we are using here is pretty spicy. If you want to make a milder sauce though, whisk a teaspoon of hot sauce with a tablespoon of maple syrup, a minced garlic clove, the zest and juice of a lime, and some salt and black pepper. That sauce is also good, especially if you prefer something milder.
The first thing to do is mix garlic and chili with some oil and then rub this all over the chicken. The garlic and chili add flavor while the oil helps it to stick to the chicken, and also helps to stop the chicken from drying out on the barbeque. You can leave this mixture on the chicken for a few hours or cook it right away, as you prefer. The barbeque should be medium-hot, so give it plenty of time to warm up. The drumsticks will take about half an hour. You can add the hot, spicy sauce next, using it to baste the drumsticks. They can then finish off on the barbeque. Chop some carrots and celery into batons and prepare some ranch dressing and blue cheese, to be served with the finished buffalo chicken. Another idea is blue cheese dressing instead.
The Appeal of Buffalo Chicken
Although buffalo chicken is usually made with the wings of the bird, this recipe also works nicely with chicken drumsticks, or you could even use chicken breast but there is not much fat in that cut, so it might dry out on the barbeque. That is why we recommend either drumsticks or wings. Wings are smaller of course, so the cooking time would be shorter for those. Buffalo chicken is a wonderful treat and when you make your own instead of getting it takeout, you are in control of how spicy you make it, as well as which sides you want to have, so feel free to make the sauce less or more spicy, as you prefer, use wings or drumsticks, or swap the ranch dressing for blue cheese dressing, or make any other changes to the recipe you want. This is guaranteed to get your barbeque dinner off to an excellent start, because these drumsticks are amazing.
Buffalo wings are a popular appetizer and bar food across the US and Canada. There are a number of large franchises offering them, and sometimes you can order boneless wings which are eaten with a fork, the reason being bone-in wings can create a lot of mess! Make sure you offer plenty of napkins when you are making our buffalo chicken drumstick recipe so people can clean up afterwards. Part of the fun of buffalo chicken is eating the drumsticks by hand and getting messy. You can always clean up afterwards. If you are new to making your own buffalo chicken, this recipe might soon become your favorite way to make chicken on the grill.
- 8 chicken drumsticks
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
- ½ stick melted unsalted butter
- ¼ cup hot sauce
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 4 halved celery sticks
- 1 peeled raw carrot, cut into 8 batons
- 8 oz crumbled blue cheese
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- Preheat the barbeque to medium-hot and lightly oil the grate.
- Rinse the drumsticks and pat them dry.
- Combine the oil, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and black pepper.
- Toss the drumsticks in this mixture.
- Cook the drumsticks on the barbeque for about 20 minutes, flipping occasionally.
- Combine the BBQ sauce, butter and hot sauce to make the spicy sauce.
- Baste the drumsticks with the spicy sauce.
- Cook them for another 10 minutes or until they are 185 degrees F inside.
- Let them rest for 10 minutes.
- Serve with the carrots, celery, blue cheese, and/or ranch dressing.
This chicken drumstick recipe is so good, and the buffalo sauce adds the perfect amount of spice. You will be able to taste the chili and garlic in every mouthful, and you will find that pairing them with blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing offers the ideal contrast. Add some crunchy carrot and celery too, and you have all the makings of a truly delicious feast. Why not add some coleslaw or potato salad to round out the meal? This recipe is very easy to make and you can swap the drumsticks for wings if you like, or even use some of each.
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