How to microwave chicken drumsticks

Written by angela lafollette | 13/05/2017
How to microwave chicken drumsticks
Prepare chicken drumsticks in the microwave to cook them quickly. (Getty Thinkstock)

Chicken drumsticks can be prepared in a variety of ways, but microwaving them will save you time. You can flavour the chicken with your preferred spices or coat it with your favourite coating or sauce. When you cook chicken in the microwave, the internal temperature needs to be monitored carefully because a microwave oven will cook the chicken unevenly.

Place the chicken drumsticks in a glass dish that's microwave safe. Place the thicker part of the drumsticks so that they point toward the outside of the dish. The thin part should face inside the glass dish.

Spread 180 ml (3/4 cup) of buttermilk over the chicken. Sprinkle the drumsticks with whatever spices you wish.

Cover the drumsticks with cling film, then cook them on medium-high heat for 3 minutes.

Check the temperature of the drumsticks-- they need to reach an internal temperature of 75 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit) --then cook the chicken for an additional 2 minutes. Turn over the chicken and check the temperature again.

Place the thermometer in several parts of each chicken drumstick because a microwave oven will cook the chicken unevenly. Continue to microwave the drumsticks for intervals of 2 to 3 minutes until the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature of 75 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit).

Discard the buttermilk after you finish cooking the drumsticks. Allow the chicken to stand for 10 minutes before you serve it--remember that the chicken will continue to cook after you remove it from the microwave.


Coat chicken with butter to brown it in the microwave.


You must cook the chicken all the way in the microwave. Never cook the chicken, place it in the refrigerator and finish cooking it later. This will cause bacteria to spread. You must finish cooking the chicken once you place it in the microwave. Always wash the thermometer after you use it to prevent contaminating the chicken. Always defrost frozen chicken drumsticks in your microwave or in the refrigerator before you cook them.

Things you need

  • Microwave safe glass dish
  • 180 ml (3/4 cup) buttermilk
  • Spices
  • Cling film
  • Meat thermometer

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