I was craving chicken today, but not a seasoned whole chicken, chicken breast, or KFC. I was craving a taste that I haven’t had in a while. That craving was for some good old barbecue chicken. So I went to the market, bought some drumsticks and bbq sauce, and started on it. This is actually really easy to make, and tastes good too.
I started off by putting some barbecue sauce on the drumsticks, and I let it sit in the fridge for about an hour.
Once my drumsticks were marinated, I cooked the outside of my chicken for a little less than 10 minutes on my cast iron skillet. Even at low heat, cast iron needs to be watched carefully. Don’t burn your drumsticks.
Once the outsides were slightly charred, I put them in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 35 minutes. When cooking chicken, make sure you check the inside temperature no matter how it looks on the outside. I re-applied barbecue sauce twice during the 35 minutes. Any barbecue sauce of your choice will do, but I went with Famous Dave’s original barbecue sauce.
I served my chicken with some avocados, and another successful meal was done. Although I used to run a restaurant, and was able to learn how to make rolls and cut fish pretty quickly, I don’t consider myself a good cook. Most of my life I ate out, so I never really needed to cook. Now that I’m trying to cook more and more, I learned the hard way that chicken is not that easy to cook. I had some disasters before when grilling marinated chicken, or even in a conventional oven. However this method, cooking the outsides on a cast iron grill, and letting the rest cook in a conventional oven is really hard to fail at. So whether you are a master chef, or just starting to try different methods and recipes like myself, this is a really good way to cook chicken. You can also put your cast iron skillet in your oven with the chicken inside which comes out really good too. I chose not to, because cast iron retains a lot of the tastes from what you cook on it. I use my cast iron skillet mainly for beef, and I didn’t want my beef to taste like bbq chicken too much the next time I use it. =) D.I