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Bake time and temp for giant chicken drumsticks

luckyfatima Mar 23, 2013 04:48 PM

I couldn't find the small (normal!) sized chicken drumsticks for a soy sauce drumstick recipe, only the giant dinosaur drumsticks...they are nearly as big as turkey legs.

So, my normal drumsticks would be 350 degrees/40 mins or so, finished off with a quick broil. How long should I leave these large ones in the oven? I was thinking an hour.

  1. treestonerivershrub Mar 23, 2013 08:51 PM

    I know this might seem to be annoying advice, because I'm suggesting you go out and buy something, but really the best thing you can do for yourself is to purchase a digital meat thermometer, the kind that has a probe you can leave in the thickest part of the meat, close the oven door, and read the temp from the outside.
    The kinds that have an alarm you can set to go off when the meat reaches the desired temperature are especially helpful!

    Also I tend to do the broil first (to get the skin browned and crispy) and then cook in the oven at lower temp until it's done.

    If you have one of those thermometers, you will never overcook your meat, it will be juicy and delicious

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    1. re: treestonerivershrub
      luckyfatima Mar 24, 2013 05:40 AM

      It's not a bad idea to invest in one of those. Not annoying advice at all. Thanks for the suggestion.

    2. luckyfatima Mar 24, 2013 06:59 AM

      Last night I tested one drumstick on a flat baking sheet and it cooked in 40 mins. It browned well on both sides with no flipping and no broil-finish.

      So this morning I am preparing the whole lot and just did the first batch (can't fit all in the oven at once). I did these in a deeper baking pan. It took a full hour, did 40 mins on one side then saw they could use some more time and a flip. Then I finished them with a 6 minute broil.

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