Buttermilk Chicken Legs

Now that is chicken Kenny Rogers

I can’t take credit for this it’s from Nigella Lawson and we saw it over at Happy Domesticity. (I did add mace and make some minor changes, but it’s almost identical.) While it’s below, you should definitely check out Alison’s site, she cooks like mad, which we hear is the thing to do if you’re ever in the wilds of Canada. A little planning is required for this dish. That said, it’s very easy to prepare and quick to cook. Since it needs to marinate for at least a day, it is ideal for a weekday meal. Pull it out of the fridge, bake a few potatoes and whip up a salad and dinner is done. This marinade would also work perfectly with pork chops.

Buttermilk Drumsticks

  • 1 package chicken drumsticks (about 12)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ΒΌ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped roughly
  • 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • Pinch cumin
  • 1 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup

In a container large enough to hold all drumsticks in one layer or a large zip-lock bag, mix all ingredients, but chicken. Add chicken to marinade and coat each piece well. Place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 2 days. Line a baking tray with foil and layer chicken in a single layer shaking off any excess marinade. In a 425 degree oven place the pan and cook until chicken skin is browned with parts beginning to scorch about 35-45 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

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29 Responses to Buttermilk Chicken Legs

  1. I’m a huge fan of Nigella’s chicken recipes. This one looks like a winner as well.

  2. This is wonderful recipe. I knew I saw this from somewhere before. I think Alison will love that you posted this :)… she’s amazing. I have to say, you are turning into half of a southern gentleman lol. Wonderful recipe as always.

  3. My daughter would LOVE this! Thanks for an easy weekday meal. That’s always appreciated and I have really enjoyed looking around your blog. Can’t wait to start becoming more familiar with it and thank you for stopping by mine as well. Have a great weekend! TGIF.

  4. Caroline says:

    AH! This chicken looks heavenly. I love the addition of maple syrup.

  5. saminacooks says:

    Wow, that picture looks amazing! I think I know what I am going to cook on Tuesday for dinner. Love this!!!

  6. Tanvi says:

    OMG..these look heavenly..and look at how succulent looking these drumsticks are!My hubster would go crazy over these.Thanks for sharing n stopping by!

  7. Alison says:

    Thanks for the name check! These look great!! I love your photography, so well lit and everything looks so delicious.

  8. nancyc says:

    Those sound really good! I really like using buttermilk in recipes–it gives everything such a good flavor!

  9. Kas says:

    I can’t wait to try this!!!

  10. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow those chicken looks so finger licking good! I never tried maple syrup and butter milk in chicken I guess its really somthing I should try soon!

  11. Wow! That chicken looks delicious! Your kenny rogers comment made think of the Seinfield episode with the kenny roger’s chicken sign! lol – Mikki

  12. Yuri says:

    This chicken looks delicious!

  13. Su-Lin says:

    This looks fantastic and I love its simplicity! I’ve not even got any mace – must go out and find some.

  14. I love buttermilk! These look yummy!

  15. These look lovely. Buttermilk is something I have never bought, but it may be worth tracking down for these.

  16. buttermilk + chicken = heaven on earth

  17. Wow, this looks amazing. I love chicken, but I think you just took it to a whole other level.

  18. suezumout says:

    I’m loving the look of that chicken! Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside? My pasta dinner doesn’t look so hot anymore. πŸ™‚

  19. Nicole says:

    This sounds so good!

  20. I can imagine biting into that drumstick right at the front there. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m definitely going to try this one out.

  21. I made these and the baked beans last night! They were both delicious, thanks for the post!!

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