How to Cook Drumsticks in a Convection Oven

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A convection oven is a handy cooking tool to have because it cooks food more quickly than a conventional oven and yields more golden brown and juicy meat, according to the Fine Cooking website. Roasting chicken drumsticks in a convection oven isn't any more difficult than cooking them in a traditional oven, though you will need to use a lower temperature and expect a shorter cooking time.

Step 1

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Preheat the convection oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

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Place the chicken drumsticks on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Season the drumsticks with your favorite herbs and spices such as rosemary, garlic powder, cumin or thyme.

Step 3

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Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated convection oven. Place a shallow roasting pan on the rack directly underneath the chicken drumsticks; this will improve heat circulation in the oven.

Step 4

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Roast the chicken drumsticks until a meat thermometer inserted into the fattest part of the leg reads between 170 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit. The total cooking time can vary depending on how many drumsticks you're cooking at one time, however.

Step 5

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Remove the chicken drumsticks from the convection oven, transfer them to a serving platter and serve them immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking sheet

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • Herbs and spices

  • Shallow roasting pan

  • Meat thermometer

  • Serving platter

Tip

Your chicken drumsticks will cook about 25 percent more quickly in a convection oven than a conventional oven, according to the Fine Cooking website.

Place a separate baking sheet with vegetables, such as potatoes, turnips, carrots and onions, in the convection oven, too, and you'll have a ready-to-eat meal that's quick and easy to prepare.

Experiment with different herbs and spices to achieve different flavors of chicken drumsticks. You might also prepare your favorite marinade and marinate the drumsticks for several hours before putting them into the convection oven.

Warning

Always check the internal temperature of your chicken drumsticks before serving them. Undercooked chicken can increase your risk of certain food borne illnesses such as salmonella.

Transfer any leftover chicken drumsticks to the refrigerator as soon as they are cooled to room temperature. If left out too long, cooked chicken can grow bacteria that can make you sick.

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