Blackened Chicken Buffalo Drumsticks

by heidi on September 16, 2011

FoodieCrush Buffalo Chicken Legs

The air is crisper. The mornings are sadly getting darker and darker. And there’s a scent of pigskin in the air. No, not cooking. But litterally flying through the air.

It’s college football baby!

And what do we do when we watch football? We eat. A lot. And nothing that’s good for us.

One of my favorite recipes is a little ditty my man came up with, a teeny-tiny bit healthier thanks to his tenaciousness in removing the skins from the chicken. Are we talking wings? Well, sometimes. But these days, we like them on the leg. Meatier, more tender. More gooder.

Pass the napkins please.

Blackened Chicken Buffalo Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Dressing

Yield: serves 6

Blackened Chicken Buffalo Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Dressing


For the Chicken
1 dozen chicken legs, skinned*
1/8 cup cajun blackening spice blend, available in the spice aisle
2 T grapeseed oil
1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
1/2 stick butter
carrot and celery sticks for garnish and cooling effect
For the Blue Cheese Dressing
1 cup regular mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 T wine vinegar
1/ 2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
8 oz crumbled blue cheese, we like it chunky
Combine all ingredients and chill until ready to serve.


  1. Remove skin from chicken legs. Coat skinned legs with blackening spice. Place in refrigerator for one hour and up to 8 hours. Heat oil in a deep sided fry pan over medium high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. While legs are cooking, in a small saucepan or in the microwave, melt butter in the hot sauce and simmer. Pull legs and pan from heat and add hot sauce mixture to pan. Coat legs well and serve immediately.
  2. *If you're feeling fancy, make the chicken drumstick look like a lolipop. While removing the skins, score the skin and meat around the bottom of the drumstick in a circular motion. Pull the meat and skin to the top of the drumstick so the bone is exposed.

And as always, few different versions for your football viewing pleasure.

FoodieCrush magazine Sips & Spoonfuls Spicy Chicken Wingsphoto > Sips & Spoonfuls

Don’t be fooled by the number of ingredients giving Sukaina’s wings their high notes of spice, once the marinade comes together it’s just a few minutes to wing high heaven with Sips & Spoonfuls Spicy Chicken Wings.

FoodieCrush magazine Cook Republic Chicken Wings photo > Cook Republic

Drop the tailgate and pull up a cushion, you’re going to need to take a seat once you’ve set eyes on Cook Republic’s gorgeous wings. Sneh’s Asian-inflected Golden Chicken Wings with Ginger Caramel Chili Sauce have been marinaded, then baked and are best savored one delectable, finger-licking morsel at a time.

FoodieCrush Magazine Drool Factor Chicken Wingsphoto > Drool Factor

Looking for the easy way to game day? Give Drool Factor’s Octowings with Momofuku’s Octo Vanaigrette that are baked instead of hitting the steaming hot tub of oil and then ‘dressed’ in a rice wine vinaigrette. And is the winner of this posts most adapted recipe via Steamy Kitchen via Momofuku

FoodieCrush Magazine Sea Salt With Food Chicken Wingsphoto > Sea Salt with Food

Dipped in egg and then bathed in sweet potato flour and fried for a terrific crispy crunch, Angie’s Crispy Soy and Ginger Chicken Wings bring a bit of fried chicken with an Sea Salt with Food’s Asian flair to a day dedicated to the pig skin. I mean chicken skin.


Posted in: appetizers and small bites,chicken and turkey,food bloggers

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Bev Weidner September 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

I am seriously speechless looking at your blackened chicken wings.

As in, I have absolutely no idea what to say.

As in, the words have left my mouth.

As in, I’m dying.


Paula @ Dishing the Divine September 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

My husband loooooooves chicken wings. With your recipe, I wonder if I could actually pull it off? Seems simple enough, and I may get a massage out of the deal if they’re as delicious as they look!! :)


heidi September 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I was working on getting a new purse. Maybe I should mention THIS to my husband!


Kimberley September 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Chicken wings have long been on my list and I’ve yet to give them a try. I need to rectify that! Every one of those photos are gorgeous.


heidi September 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

So glad they’ve inspired you. Do it. You will not be sorry.


Deborah September 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I just ate lunch, but now I want to eat again!! They all look so good, but I’m partial to buffalo, so those are calling my name!!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

What gorgeous pics…wow! I don’t even eat chicken wings but can appreciate the gorgeous food styling and photography! Stellar shots!


Sneh | Cook Republic September 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Thank you so much for featuring Cook Republic amongst all these tasty morsels!! Cheers! :-)


heidi September 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

And cheers to you. Thanks for being a part of it.


Jt Clough | Big Island Dog September 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

We are gong to have a 1940′s cocktail party. Do you think these qualify for the era?

Have lots of cocktail recipes, but lacking in the food area!


heidi September 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

They are a bit retro, and are one-handed bites so great for cocktail parties.


CC September 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

If you want to serve them lollipop style, do you do this after they’re cooked or before?



heidi September 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You’ll want to make the lollipop while you are removing the skins. Pushing all the meat to the top makes them really nice and juicy. Thanks for pointing out the clarification, I’ve fixed it in the recipe.


Denise @ TLT September 19, 2011 at 6:11 am

Now I crave buffalo wings! Hot and spicy please:)


sasha September 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

heidi, your pictures are becoming more and more beautiful by the post! love the styling in this shoot. loooove.


Sarah at Mr. Food September 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Looking forward to eating – A LOT – this Sunday. I don’t love football, but I definitely love wings! Can’t decide if I want to try the Spicy or the Crispy Soy & Ginger first…tough call.


sheelu February 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

The chicken wings look so tempting!!!! gorgeous pics..


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Pushing all the meat to the top makes them really nice and juicy. Thanks for pointing out the clarification, I’ve fixed it in the recipe.


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