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Cheap, easy to prepare, and hard to mess up, this collection of 9 Budget-Friendly Chicken Drumstick Recipes is sure to inspire you to change up your weeknight dinner routine.  Kid and family approved!

Chicken drumsticks are always a great budget protein and are always readily available.  But, let’s face it, chicken drumsticks can be a little boring and monotonous.  That’s why I’ve put together a collection of my favourite chicken drumstick recipes.  Nine is not a lot, but it’s certainly enough to get you out of your chicken drumstick rut.

First, how about a little sweet and a little heat with my Sticky Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks?  I love these and would rank them in my top five.  So easy to make and packs so much flavour!

Not a fan of spicy food?  You should try this Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe.  Again, easy to make and lots of great, fresh flavour.  The lemon is the key to this recipe and will be the dominate flavour.  Pair this chicken with steamed broccoli for the easiest of weeknight dinners!

If you’re looking for one of those all-in-one dinners, why not try my One Pot Spiced Chicken and Dirty Rice recipe?  The chicken is marinated for extra flavour and then baked with canned tomatoes and instant rice.  One casserole dish is all you need to clean up – who wouldn’t love that?

Easy Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken pairs ingredients you already have in your kitchen such as onion, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar.  No expensive ingredients here!

This recipe is a great way to transform the humble drumstick into something rather impressive.  Using pantry ingredients again, all you need is a food processor to make a great tasting basting sauce.  Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks will surely impress you and your taste buds!

My lack of an outdoor grill prompted the development of this next recipe.  I wanted spice and I wanted char, so allow me to introduce my Charred Chipotle Chicken.  I baked the chicken while basting it with a very spicy and sweet sauce.  It was so good, I had to re-make it again and perfect the recipe for Lord Byron’s Kitchen.

If you’re in a hurry, or on an extremely limited budget, you’re going to love this next recipe.  Orange Marmalade Barbeque Chicken uses just three ingredients – not counting the salt and pepper.  All you need is chicken, a jar of orange marmalade, and a jar of bbq sauce.  So easy, so good, so cheap!

My childhood chicken drumsticks came in the form of Shake and Bake.  As an adult, I still crave that seasoning and that crunch, which is why I made my own version.  Seasoned Panko Crusted Baked Chicken Drumsticks are super crunchy, very flavourful, and locks in the chicken’s moisture when baking.  This is the most popular drumstick recipe at Lord Byron’s Kitchen.

Are you seeing a pattern?  I love simple chicken drumstick recipes.  Here’s a four ingredient recipe that results in a very moist and tender drumstick, but is super sweet and super sticky.  This is my favourite summer picnic chicken, because it pairs so well with potato salad and coleslaw.  But, don’t wait for summer; Sweet and Sticky Four Ingredient Chicken Drumsticks can be enjoyed any time of the year!

There you have it, Dear Reader – 9 Budget-Friendly Chicken Drumstick Recipes.  Stock up when they are on sale and freeze them.  Then, transform those defrosted drumsticks into a delicious dinnertime main that everyone will love.  Creating a whole meal from chicken drumsticks is easy.  I like to add a side dish or two to make it a complete wholesome and hearty meal.

Steamed broccoli is one of my go-to sides, because we all love it.  But green beans are good too, and of course, so is the classic mashed potatoes or rice.  Even though I blog about food and it’s all homemade, I’m not ashamed to say that on some nights of the week, I rely on pre-made sides that make my busy life easier.

We love instant mashed potatoes and keep them in our pantry at all times for those nights when you just need to get something fast and delicious on the table.  And, the freezer section will carry prepared frozen veggies in a bag that you can just microwave.  We don’t own a microwave, so I usually steam them or toss them in a skillet to warm them through.

Dinnertime is not about extravagance or expense.  It’s about good food, relaxation, and catching up with family, friends, or even roommates, after a day at school or work.  So, I hope these 9 Budget Friendly Chicken Drumstick Recipes will inspire you to do just that, and in the meantime, it’ll keep most of your money in your wallet where it belongs!

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