Drumstick Stew. An economical, delicious, warming comfort food meal that the whole family will love. A perfect cool weather dinner.
Our grocery budget is understandably higher than average because of what we do here on Rock Recipes. But that doesn’t mean we still shrug off a good deal at the grocery store.
This is doubly true when it comes to the weekly meat department sale items.
Living on an island in the cold North Atlantic does not come cheap. Having so much of our food shipped in by air and ferry naturally means bigger prices for even core grocery items like meats, vegetables and fruits.
Spouse and I have always been watchers of the weekly grocery flyers for the 3 main supermarkets in our neighbourhood. Truth be told, just like my Dad did when my he shopped for our family of six, we cherry pick the best deals from all 3 throughout the week.
Chances are one of those beautiful, but pricey, rib eye steaks you see on Rock Recipes was bought on sale.
Budget Friendly Meals
This past week, I added a new category for Budget Friendly Meals to the website because all of us need a little help stretching our grocery dollar. Prices are likely to stretch that grocery budget even further in the years to come.
Going forward I’ll be categorizing new recipes that fall into this category. I’ll also be labelling some of our older recipes that fit this category. There are quite a lot already there.
Today’s recipe for Drumstick Stew is one that I came up with when chicken drumsticks were on sale a couple of weeks ago. Even with 3 pounds of chicken drumsticks in the pot, the entire stew came in at under $12 and can easily feed 4 – 6 people.
Add a few of my dough boys (dumplings) for just a few cents more and you will have contented bellies all around.
Gravy tip for Chicken Drumstick Stew
Regular readers will know that waste is kept at a bare minimum in our household and even more so for food waste. In this recipe I’ve even used the chicken skin to enhance the flavour of the gravy.
The drumsticks in this recipe are braised without their skins, to cut the fat in the meal. I don’t throw out those skins though.
I take the skins and lay them flat onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake them in a 350 F degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and very crispy, like crisp cooked bacon.
All of the fat renders out of the skins and I then blot them with paper towels to remove any surface fat. I them chop them into fine crumbs of crispy chicken skin which I add to the pot when adding the vegetables.
The result is like adding a natural bouillon cube without the added salt. It really amps up the flavour in any gravy that you are making.
Nov 14 update: I was quickly reminded yesterday that I forgot to post a link to the dough boys recipe. Find it here.
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- 3 lbs chicken drumsticks skinned (see note below before throwing out skins)
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 2 red onions finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- salt & pepper to season
- 4 large carrots cut in coins
- 2 large parsnips optional, cut in coins
- 2 pounds red or yellow potatoes Cut in 2 inch chunks
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 4 cups low sodium chicken stock (1 litre)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste. I like a peppery stew
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning or 1/2 tsp powdered sage
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 Tbsp Summer Savoury Mt. Scio Farms Brand is best
- 4 tbsp flour mixed with 1/2 cup cold water as a thickening slurry.
Add the olive oil or butter to a large dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the onions and garlic, lightly season with salt and pepper and cook just until the onions begin to soften.
Place the skinned drumsticks on top of the onion and garlic and lightly season the top again.
Place the lid on the dutch oven and place in a 325 degree F Oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and add all of the vegetables, the chicken stock, black pepper, poultry seasoning, bay leaves and savoury. season with a little more salt if necessary. (If adding the finely chopped crispy chicken skin, add it now, See note)
Return to the oven for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.
Remove the chicken legs from the stew and strip all of the meat from the bones.
Bring the stew to a slow simmer on top of the stove.
Mix the flour and water together so that there are no lumps.
Slowly add to the simmering stew stirring constantly.
Add the chicken back to the pot and simmer for only a couple of minutes before serving. At this stage you could put the stew back into the oven if you were adding dumplings.
You can find our dough boys/dumplings recipe here.
Gravy tip for Chicken Drumstick Stew Regular reader will know that waste is kept at a bare minimum in our household and even more so for food waste. In this recipe I've even used the chicken skin to enhance the flavour of the gravy. The drumsticks in this recipe are braised without their skins to cut the fat in the meal. I don't throw out those skins though. I take the skins and lay them our flat onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake them in a 350 F degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and very crispy, like crisp cooked bacon. All of the fat renders out of the skins and I then blot them with paper towels to remove any surface fat. I them chop them into fine crumbs of crispy chicken skin which I add to the pot when adding the vegetables. The result is like adding a natural bouillon cube without the added salt. It really amps up the flavour in any gravy that you are making.
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.