Nigerian Chicken drumsticks are sometimes called Nigerian Chicken wings recipe. I agree that this two are almost the same. The difference is that the first is prepared with chicken laps and the latter is prepared with chicken wings.
The process is the same. You just need to swap the Laps with wings when preparing Chicken wings.
Nigerian Chicken Drumsticks Ingredients
- 8 chicken laps (chicken drumsticks)
- 1 small bowl of barbecue sauce
- 1 big stock cube (Knorr, Maggi etc)
- 1 teaspoon of thyme
- Salt (to give it taste)
- Black pepper powder (to enhance the taste)
- Onion powder (to increase the aroma n taste)
Notes on the ingredients:
Use a rooster or cock meat for this because it is soft chicken.
You can check out how to make Nigerian barbecue sauce or you can choose to buy barbecue sauce from supermarkets like Spar or Shoprite near you.
Ensure your thyme has fine particles. Use thyme from a shaker that has tiny holes so that only the tiniest particles pass through. The long pieces of thyme makes the barbecue chicken drumsticks look ugly when ready. Optionally, you can grind the thyme with a coffee grinder (or dry mill) before adding to the Nigerian baked chicken.
I recommend you use onion powder so as to prevent pieces of onions sticking to the barbecue chicken. You can add other fresh season you so desire ranging from garlic, onions etc. However, make sure they are well grinded so the pieces do not stick out.
You really do not need to add that much extra seasoning because the Nigerian BBQ sauce already has lots of seasoning benefits!
Directions for making Nigerian Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks
Take out your chicken, clean it, remove all tiny feathers and rinse thoroughly.
Pick a bowl and place it, add tiny pieces of thyme, ground black pepper, salt, onion powder, and stock cubes (crushed).
Massage the spices and seasoning into the chicken!
Make aluminium foil or thin [plastic film covering on the bowl. Once done, place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour to marinate. You can leave 6 hours or more (the longer; the better). This gives the spices and seasoning enough time to bond with the chicken. Therefore increasing the overall chicken taste and making it taste yummy.
When you are satisfied with waiting, take it out, set your oven to top and down heating (bake) and 220°C or 425F and leave to preheat for about 10 minutes.
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Use a baking sheet to line your oven tray and gently lay the marinated drumsticks flat on the sheet. Remember, you can also use aluminium foil if you do not have baking sheets.
Once in, bake in for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning the Nigerian chicken drumsticks on the other side from time to time. Once the drumsticks begin to brown, it is getting ready.
Pick a brush and apply one coat of barbecue sauce all over the chicken drumsticks
Once done, place it back in the oven for 5 minutes and apply another coat.
Repeat this process of applying a thin coat of barbecue sauce, putting it back in the oven to dry a bit and then taking it out to repeat again until you are satisfied with the results.
This Nigerian Chicken drumsticks popularly called Nigerian baked chicken is undoubtedly one of the best Nigerian grilled chicken recipes out there. You can serve it with Jollof rice, Classic salad, or as a snack with a chilled drink.