In this recipe, chicken drumsticks are pan-fried until crispy. Simple, budget-friendly, Paleo and Whole30!
Cooking with a cast iron skillet is so much easier than I ever imagined. I feared cleaning my cast iron skillet incorrectly and having it rust, so I postponed using one for years. However, no worries, I have learned cleaning it is a cinch!
After cooking, just run it under hot water. Using no soap, lightly scrub the little pieces of food out with a scourer sponge. Towel dry, then place the skillet on the burner on med-high heat for a few minutes. When it cools, rub it down lightly with a little bit of your favorite oil (coconut or olive oil works great).
Now that I am comfortable with the cleaning, I use it often as it gives an even, hot heat…and no burning. Cooking can begin on the stove and then easily transfer to the oven using the same skillet. Only one pan to clean sounds good to me! This method is perfect for weeknight meals.
If you are looking to purchase one, I recommend a pre-seasoned 10.25 inch cast iron skillet as pictured above. The more you use it the better it gets!
Today I am sharing a simple budget friendly and delicious cast iron skillet recipe.
Chicken drumsticks are pan-fried until crispy. The dark meat gives a tender, fabulous flavor and does not dry out easily. Make it a meal and roast some vegetables with your oil of choice on a cookie sheet while the chicken is in the oven. Check your vegetables every 10 mins until they are done. Enjoy!
- 1.5 lb package chicken drumsticks (about 5 legs)
- 1 Tbsp fat of choice (I use ghee)
- 1 tsp seasoning of choice, optional (I like adobo)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Place a cast iron skillet with fat on medium-high heat on to the stove top.
- Season chicken with optional favorite seasonings, sea salt, and pepper.
- When hot, place drumsticks skin side down.
- Pan-fry for 5-8 minutes. Set a timer and be patient. The drumsticks should lift easily from the pan and be crisp.
- Turn drumsticks over and place skillet into the oven for 15-20 minutes. Length of time depends on the size of the drumsticks.
- Serve Hot!
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