No matter what the occasion, it’s always a good time for smoked chicken drumsticks. It’s a dish that is hard to resist, and if you’re looking for simple and yummy finger food that will entice your guests, this is definitely the dish you should go for.
Everyone loves chicken drumsticks. Sure, it’s probably not the best dish to eat on a first date unless you don’t mind getting messy, but it is undoubtedly a fun dish to have none the less. When it is done right, it is a dish that will draw a crowd.
What is Smoked Chicken Drumsticks?
Rest assured, the dish has nothing to do with the musical instrument. Drumsticks or the lower part of a chicken leg are a favourite part of the chicken for many. To make the smoked chicken drumsticks, the chef would typically marinate the chicken in a dark sauce such as barbeque sauce or hot sauce along with garlic powder for a minimum of a few hours. After marinating the meat, the chicken drumsticks are then smoked and cooked in a barbeque pit until tender and juicy. Some chefs would glaze the meat again before serving to ensure that the flavours are fully absorbed.
The History of Smoked Chicken Drumsticks
Poultry has been a large part of human’s diet for the longest time and smoking as a cooking technique is also one of the oldest cooking methods there are in the world. It is said that smoked meat first existed during the Paleolithic Era and was used as a way to add flavours and meat preservation. In ancient times, many methods were developed to prolong the shelf-life of food as refrigerators and freezers did not exist back then.
It is believed that when meat is smoked and cooled, it provides antimicrobial protection to the meat allowing it to be consumed days after cooking. Typically, the meat is smoked by using hardwood. In the modern world, the type of wood you use impacts the flavour of the meat. The most common wood used to smoke chicken includes Acacia wood, Hickory Wood (also used with red meat), Appletree wood and Pecan wood.
Nutritional Benefits of Smoked Chicken Drumsticks
Let’s not lie and say that smoked chicken drumstick is the healthiest dish to go for because we know it’s not. Chicken breast is the healthiest and leanest part of the chicken. But the cooking method of smoking is a healthier way of cooking compared to deep-frying.
Plus if you’re a gym junkie, this might be the energy boost you need after a hard workout as it will still give you the protein you need to heal and build muscles. To top it off, a standard meal of smoked chicken drumsticks typically carries about 400 calories (for a 250g serving), and it still gives you 47g of protein. In fact, it’s double the amount in a typical scoop of protein shake.
Where to Get the Best Smoked Chicken Drum in Malaysia
If you’re ready to chicken it out, make your way to Burnin Pit in Bukit Damansara where they have the best-smoked chicken and meat in their special sauce. Rock Bottom located in Bangsar also has a wide selection of barbecued and smoked dishes to choose from, if you’re a fan of fancy food.
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