How to Microwave Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time6-7 mins
Cooking chicken drumsticks in the microwave isn't just fast; it's a way to keep the meat tender and juicy. Forget the dry, tough chicken of the past; this is about moist, fall-off-the-bone goodness that'll make you question everything you thought you knew about microwave cooking.
Missing that crispy skin? Fry up the cooked drumsticks in a hot pan, or finish under the broiler for added texture. You can also try finishing drumsticks over a hot grill for 1-2 minutes per side.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
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|Microwave in an Anyday dish
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All You Need to Know About Microwaving Chicken Drumsticks
How long does it take to cook chicken drumsticks in the microwave?
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It typically takes around 3-5 minutes to cook chicken drumsticks in the microwave. To tell when this part of the chicken is cooked through, look for white (not pink) meat. The chicken should be juicy with no pink areas. You can also use an internal thermometer to check! It should read at least 165°F.
Can you cook frozen chicken drumsticks in the microwave?
Cooking chicken drumsticks from frozen is very easy! Just make sure the pieces are broken apart and not stuck together in one block. When cooking from frozen, we always recommend lowering the power level. It adds a few extra minutes of cooking time, but it’s necessary to defrost and cook without drying out the meat.
When cooking chicken drumsticks from frozen, consider microwaving them in a flavorful sauce, such as a store-bought curry. When you store foods in the freezer, there’s always a chance that the meat has dried out. When simmering something flavorful, you won’t notice the difference!
Why do I need to pierce the surface of the chicken before cooking in the microwave?
The cooking process makes the molecules of water in the chicken heat up very quickly. This creates steam vapor, which can make loud noises as it escapes the protein. Piercing the surface of the chicken with a fork all over will reduce this noise.
How to freeze cooked chicken drumsticks?
To freeze chicken drumsticks, first, cook the chicken as desired. Allow to cool completely and transfer the drumsticks to an airtight container or freezer bag in a single layer. For best results, remove the meat from the bone before freezing. Freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 months.
How to reheat frozen cooked chicken?
To reheat the frozen cooked chicken, put it into a microwaveable container, preferably an Anyday dish, cover it with the lid (knob lifted), and cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes for 2 pieces, or until heated through. You might consider adding a splash of chicken stock for best results.