Pan-Fried Chicken Drumsticks (simple recipe)

pan fried chicken drumsticks

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These delicious chicken drumsticks are cooked in the pan, on the stove top. No oven, deep fryer, or air fryer is required. In my opinion, this is one of the best chicken recipes I have created so far and I am very excited to share it with you. This is one of those simple recipes that makes a perfect family dinner. 


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  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tsp organic raw sugar
  • 1/4 tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken stock



  • Chop onions, crush garlic, and add them to a large bowl.
  • Add tomato sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix until everything is well combined.


  • Transfer chicken drumsticks into the mixing bowl and mix so all chicken pieces are properly covered in marinade. Use your hands to massage the marinade into the chicken.
  • Leave the drumsticks to marinate for a couple of hours, but if you don't have time, it is fine to start cooking straight away. 
  • In a large frying pan heat some extra virgin olive oil on medium heat, add sugar, and stir until sugar melts. Watch it very closely, you don't want the sugar to burn. 
  • Once the sugar has just started to caramelize, add the chicken legs and stir them, so they get the oil sugar mix. Let the chicken cook for 3-4 minutes without mixing on low-medium heat. 
  • Turn the drumsticks around and let them cook on the other side. The chicken pieces should be golden brown all over.
  • Now add stock or water and once the liquid is boiling (it will only take a minute or two) mix everything well and cover the pan with a lid. 
  • Lower the heat down to low and cook for 30 minutes without opening the lid.

  • Once the time is over, your chicken is ready to be served. What a delicious meal, that your entire family will enjoy!!


Note: If you are worried that the chicken might burn, feel free to open the lid and add some more liquid if needed.

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