Monday, August 30, 2010

Marinated Fried Drumsticks

Fried chicken legs marinated in a soy and hot sauce blend, dusted with flour and fried.

Marinated Fried Drumsticks

I suppose by now those of y'all who pop by here every so often have probably figured out what my two favorite parts of the bird are. Wings and drumsticks. Love them both, yep I sure do!  Don't get me wrong - I love the rest of the chicken too - those are just my favorites, and drumsticks are a breeze to fry.

This recipe is just a basic fried chicken recipe - yeah, yeah, I know ... it looks like my regular ole Southern Fried Chicken, but I swear it's not! New recipe. New picture. Promise.

Instead of a brine, it is marinated by dipping the drumstick into a mixture of canola and soy sauce, with a bit of hot sauce, seasoned salt and garlic salt for flavor, then dredging it in flour and left to sit in the fridge for awhile. This one was actually inspired by a recipe in Mama Dip's Family Cookbook. It adds a nice, delicate flavor and okay, the truth is, it's just another excuse for chowin' down on some fried chicken!

Depending on your taste for hot sauce and soy sauce, you might want to try it the first time with a lesser amount, say 1 to 2 teaspoons and then adjust to taste the next time you try these. Here's how to make them.

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Recipe: Marinated Fried Drumsticks

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Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 8 - 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • Canola oil for frying

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the oil, soy sauce, hot sauce, seasoned salt and garlic salt. Dip the chicken legs into the mixture and then dredge in the flour. Shake off excess and place onto a platter or plate. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Fill a 12 inch or larger cast iron skillet about halfway with canola oil (or use a cast iron Dutch oven to cut down on the mess) and using a deep fryer thermometer, heat oil over medium high heat until it reaches around 360 degrees F. If you don't have a thermometer, the oil is generally ready when a pinch of flour tossed in sizzles. Very carefully slide the pieces of chicken in, one at a time, and skin side down, slowly laying it into the hot oil. Remember, you are working with extremely hot oil on a fire here, so take care not to allow the oil to overflow as you add pieces, since the oil will rise with each piece you add. Also, don't overcrowd the pan - fry in batches if needed.

Cook on the first side about 8 minutes, trying to keep the oil around 300 degrees F by adjusting the temperature up or down; turn and cook another 6 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a rack over paper towels. Hold the first batch in a low oven while you finish the next batch if needed. Serve immediately.

Lemon Marinated Fried Drumsticks: Swap the soy sauce for freshly squeezed lemon juice.


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  1. I love fried chicken, and it's best in the south! KYC is crap compared to the chicken in the south!

  2. Mary, I bet your fried chicken (both recipes) would give the Colonel's KFC a run for their money. I like my fried chicken a little on the spicy side, so this would be so satisfying. Hubby goes for the drumsticks too, but I'm all about the breasts. Except for one thing that I can never pass up and that is hot and fiery drummies, especially for watching football!

  3. Great sounding and looking chicken, but I would expect that from a good southern girl. :-)

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  5. thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog about my parents, I truly appreciate your kindness. Also, this is a great recipe I love hot sauce, and the combo in flavors on these drummies sounds wonderful!

  6. Looks de-lish Mary! I love fried chicken!

  7. I husband would love me 10 times more if I made this for him. It looks so yummy!

  8. Oh - you have taken Grandmother's Fried chicken into the 21st century! I love all kinds of Fried Chicken - including the Colonels (being from KY - just down the road from The Colonel's lady and all) - but this sounds like it's a top 3 Fried Chicken Recipe in my book - now I just figured out what self-rising flour is really for!

  9. Wow! Those chickens legs looks good enough to eat :-)

    BTW, One of my daughters lives in Ocean Springs, Miss.

  10. Oh my gosh, that looks incredible! We don't fry chicken very often--in fact we don't eat chicken (or meat) very often! But for this? Yeah, Id totally make exceptions for meat, and for frying. Wow!

  11. My 11 y/o would be in heaven over this, he loves fried chix legs. Interesting marinade, I can imagine how the underlying flavors would be different than your run o' the mill fried chicken.

  12. Okay, I thought I was gonna make your buttermilk fried chicken but I changed my mind. The next time I make fried, it will be this recipe. Can I use other chicken parts? Thanx for your response.

  13. I LUV marinatedand fried anything so Ihad to try this. I've got my drummies floured and sitting at the bottom of the fridge right now. What I did was let them marinate in the liquids and seasonings first for about an hour or so, then floured them. Will start frying 'em about 7:15. I'll have to fry in veggie oil because I don't have any canola. Will post my results soon.

  14. I love this fried chicken! The flavor was amazing, and a very tasty twist. I used the entire tablespoon of hot sauce and it was the perfect amount of heat for us. I will be making fried chicken like this often! Thank you for sharing this one, excellent dinner :)


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