Beer-Brined Chicken Drummies

Reach for this recipe when your party preparations get hectic—you'll need just minutes to get the drummettes in the brine, then rub and bake them. They'll turn out tender and terrific!

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

Brine and Chicken

2
cups water
2
tablespoons kosher (coarse) salt
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
2
cans or bottles (12 oz each) beer or nonalcoholic beer, chilled
24
chicken wing drummettes (3 lb)

Rub

3
tablespoons packed brown sugar
3
teaspoons salt
2
teaspoons garlic powder
3/4
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 In 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix water, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and the beer. Add drummettes. Seal bag; place in large bowl. Refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375F°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Remove chicken from brine; discard brine. Rinse chicken thoroughly with cool water and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in pan.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 teaspoons salt, the garlic powder and pepper. Brush oil over chicken. Sprinkle with rub mixture.
  • 4 Bake uncovered 45 to 55 minutes, turning after 25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

Expert Tips

You can use regular chicken wings instead of drummettes, if you prefer.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (3 Drummies)
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
1030mg
1030%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
15g
15%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.