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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.

Robin Bashinsky
Recipe by Cooking Light July 2013


Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Stylist: Cindy Barr

Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 5 drumettes and about 1/3 ounce blue cheese)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

Nutrition Facts

310 calories; fat 16.3g; saturated fat 4.4g; mono fat 7.1g; poly fat 3.2g; protein 36.5g; carbohydrates 2.6g; fiber 0.2g; cholesterol 196mg; iron 1.6mg; sodium 599mg; calcium 87mg.