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Garlic-Buffalo Drumettes

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 5 drumettes and about 1/3 ounce blue cheese)
Garlic-Buffalo Drumettes are a real crowd-pleaser and a breeze to prepare. We eliminate the standard frying method for a no-mess two-step steaming-and-saute method that maintains the plump, juicy goodness of chicken wings. If the skillet gets crowded, brown the chicken in batches.


  • 20 chicken drumettes, skinned
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1.5 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1/3 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 310
  • fat 16.3 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • monofat 7.1 g
  • polyfat 3.2 g
  • protein 36.5 g
  • carbohydrate 2.6 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 196 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 599 mg
  • calcium 87 mg

How to Make It

  1. Add water to a Dutch oven to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a simmer. Place chicken in a vegetable steamer. Place steamer in pan over water; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low. Steam, covered, 10 minutes. Remove chicken from steamer; cool. Pat dry.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add garlic and chives to pan; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat; transfer chicken mixture to a large bowl using a slotted spoon.

  3. Combine pepper sauce and ground red pepper. Drizzle pepper mixture over chicken; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

  4. Variation 1: Sticky Chile Drumettes Prepare Garlic-Buffalo Drumettes through step 2, omitting garlic and chives and adding 1/3 cup chopped green onions and 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger instead. Combine 3 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce (such as Mae Ploy), 1 1/2 tablespoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong), 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, and 2 teaspoons fish sauce, stirring well. Drizzle chili mixture over chicken; toss. SERVES 4 (serving size: 5 drumettes) CALORIES 272; FAT 2g (sat 4g); SODIUM 520mg

  5. Variation 2: Mango-Serrano Drumettes Prepare Garlic-Buffalo Drumettes through step 2, omitting garlic and chives and adding 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 thinly sliced serrano chiles instead. Bring 1 (6-ounce) can mango nectar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Drizzle mango mixture over chicken mixture; toss. SERVES 4 (serving size: 5 drumettes) CALORIES 297; FAT 2g (sat 4g); SODIUM 415mg