How to Cook Fried Drummettes

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Fried chicken drummettes are ideal for tailgating or casual meals with your family. These mini-drums, which are created by dividing the wings into two pieces, are perfect finger foods that are filling and satisfying. Buy a package of prepared drummettes, or save money by purchasing a large package of wings and splitting them yourself to prepare this classic comforting dish. Much quicker than frying larger cuts of chicken, drummettes are done in under 10 minutes a batch, making them a good choice for a quick meal or a large party.

Prepare the Drummettes

Step 1

Heat the oil in the dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pour flour into the bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Season the drummettes with salt and pepper. Begin dredging the chicken pieces in flour, shaking off the excess.

Step 3

Place floured drummettes on a separate plate and continue until you've coated all the pieces. Test the oil temperature by sprinkling a little flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles quickly and disappears, it's ready; if not, wait until it does before you start frying.

Fry the Drummettes

Step 1

Add several drummettes when the oil is ready, avoiding overcrowding the pot. Turn the drummettes once to enable even browning. When the drummettes are cooked through, they will float to the surface of the oil. But wait until they have a deep-brown coating to remove them from the oil, which should take about 6 to 10 minutes depending on the size of your drummettes.

Step 2

Remove cooked drummettes from the oil using tongs; arrange them on a plate lined with several paper towels to remove excess oil.

Step 3

Add more chicken pieces and continuing frying and removing them in batches until all the pieces are cooked. Switch paper towels for draining if needed.

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