Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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

Step 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

Ratings & Reviews

Cliwar's Review

September 22, 2013
We really enjoyed this recipe, however I did seasoned the wings before I steamed them with a garlic herb mixture. I like the reduced amount of sauce as lately wing sauce recipes have gotten thicker and actually seems like a complete coating on the wings instead an accent. We have fallen out of favor with the traditional fried and even oven baked recipes because of the grease content. This was a welcomed alternative

sunnykate's Review

September 10, 2013

kellyannefitz's Review

July 13, 2013

wonderwab's Review

July 01, 2013
If I could give this zero stars, or even negative stars, I would! These were downright gross. After steaming them, they got this weird gamey-chicken smell to them, and it didn't go away after sautéing. I can see some potential in the sauce/blue cheese, but we couldn't even eat this. My husband took one bite, spit it out, and we threw the rest out. Bleh.

hilty1's Review

June 27, 2013
I made the Sticky Chili version and loved it, although will make next time with skinned thighs instead of drumettes, which are a pain to skin! Really good recipe though