Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

  • 15MINS
  • 45MINS
  • 472KCAL

Our version of the fiery American classic served with a deliciously cooling blue cheese dip.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories472
  • Carbs9.1g
  • Fat24g
  • Saturates8.9g
  • Protein55g
  • Sugars7.3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

These Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks are our version of the spicy American classic dish. Coated in a tasty hot sauce mixture and baked in the oven, we’ve served them alongside a cooling, low calorie blue cheese dip and some celery sticks which makes them perfect for serving at a summer picnic or as a snack.

These Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks have a nice kick to them (hence their name!) but if you like your food a little milder, then you can just adjust the amount of hot sauce needed to 100ml. The cooling dip will also help to make these less spicy and adds a really nice contrast of flavour.

Once cooked and cooled, these drumsticks can be stored in the fridge and reheated in the oven if you’re making them ahead of time. They’re also absolutely delicious when served cold!

What diets are these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks suitable for?

These Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks can be made suitable for a vegetarian diet as long as you use a vegetarian substitute for the chicken.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green then you’ll need to count 9 Points per portion of this Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue then you’ll need to count 9 Points per portion of this Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple then you’ll need to count 9 Points per portion of this Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks?

Buffalo hot sauce is a hot pepper sauce mixed with butter. It has a really rich flavour and you can find it in most supermarkets.

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We’ve used a pastry brush to coat our drumsticks with the hot sauce mixture as it’s a bit quicker and cleaner than spooning the mix over them!

We like to serve our dips in serving bowls like these.

How many calories are in these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks?

There are 472 calories per portion in these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks which means they fall into our Weekly Indulgence category. 

These Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl add the chicken drumsticks, garlic powder, mustard powder, paprika, black pepper and salt, and mix well to coat the chicken.

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Step 3

Place the chicken on an oven tray and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Cook for 25 – 35 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear.

Step 4

In a saucepan add the honey, chicken stock, hot sauce, Henderson’s relish, soy sauce and the apple cider vinegar and bring to the boil. Lower to a simmer for a few minutes until slightly thickened and then remove from the heat and put to one side for later.

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Step 5

In a small bowl add the cream cheese, yoghurt, lemon juice and blue cheese and mix well.

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Step 6

Once the chicken is cooked, brush with some of the hot sauce mixture and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes.

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Step 7

Pour the remaining sauce into a serving bowl to use as a dip.

Step 8

Serve the chicken with the dips and celery sticks.

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What could I serve with these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks?

These Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect addition to any buffet table and they also make a great appetiser. If you want to serve them with an accompaniment for dinner then any of the following would work really well:

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How do you know when these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks are cooked?

You’ll need to cook your Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks until they’re cooked through and the juices run clear.

This should take 25 – 35 minutes but this can vary depending on the size of the drumsticks, so please make sure you double check!

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

They’re delicious served hot or cold so once cooked you can enjoy them however you’d prefer!

Can I freeze these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks?

These Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks can be enjoyed cold directly from the fridge, but if you’d like to reheat them then just follow the steps below:

From chilled: Reheat covered in tin foil in the oven at 180ºC for 15-20 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, then as above.

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Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Our version of the fiery American classic served with a deliciously cooling blue cheese dip.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    45 MINS
  • KCals 472
  • Carbs 9.1G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 9 Blue
  • 9 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken drumsticks skinned and all visible fat removed
  • 125 ml hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Henderson's relish
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • chicken stock cube made up with 100ml boiling water
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 3 g sea salt
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the blue cheese dip

  • 4 tbsp low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 34 g low fat cream cheese
  • 40 g blue cheese
  • ½ lemon juiced

To serve (optional)

  • 2 sticks of celery washed and cut into small sticks

We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes. Check out our oven temperature conversion guide.

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the chicken drumsticks, garlic powder, mustard powder, paprika, black pepper and salt, and mix well to coat the chicken.
  3. Place the chicken on an oven tray and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Cook for 25 - 35 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear.
  4. In a saucepan add the honey, chicken stock, hot sauce, Henderson's relish, soy sauce and the apple cider vinegar and bring to the boil. Lower to a simmer for a few minutes until slightly thickened and then remove from the heat and put to one side for later.
  5. In a small bowl add the cream cheese, yoghurt, lemon juice and blue cheese and mix well.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, brush with some of the hot sauce mixture and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Pour the remaining sauce into a serving bowl to use as a dip.
  8. Serve the chicken with the dips and celery sticks.

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Recipe notes

If you like your chicken a little less spicy then you can reduce the amount of hot sauce to 100ml.

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RachaelWednesday 27th January 2021

Hello! 🙂

Can you use Worcestershire sauce instead of the Henderson’s relish? I’m finding it hard to get hold of- but heard this is similar?

Thank you in advance 🙂

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    HollyWednesday 27th January 2021

    Hi Rachael, yep Worcestershire sauce works just great as a substitute. Hope that helps!

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Joanne spilsburyWednesday 16th December 2020

Hi….
These sound just perfect to put on my buffet thank you. Could you please tell me what hot sauce tou used please. Tia. Xx

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    HollyWednesday 16th December 2020

    Hi Joanne, any hot sauce would work for these Fiery Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks a few brands you could try are Frank’s , Bull’s Eye or Red’s. Hope that helps!

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