Three Chicken Delights

Git Ready Cher,
Let's Geaux Tailgating

This post goes out to my Cajun girlfriend Marguerite, who lives down in da bayou country and whose blog Cajun Delights I follow religiously. Her recipes and fun loving ‘Joie de Vivre’ is good for the soul.

 Barbecue Hot Wings, Southern Grilled Drumsticks, Rajin' Cajun Sticks
Now when I got to thinking 'bout a recipe for my good friend, I immediately thought of shrimp. But she has more shrimp recipes than the Mississippi has mud. Moreover, I certainly am not going to throw out a Cajun recipe, no’mam, aucun, ain’t gonna happen, no cooyon here. And to even think of telling her how to prepare a seafood recipe would be like me trying to tell dem coonass fellas how to catch a gator. She has some of the finest, best tasting real Cajun-country recipes you will ever want to sink ya teeth into, folks ya just gotta try 'em.
photo from her Tailgating Fun post 

So it's only fittin' that I share some delectable chicken recipes as I know Marguerite is already shaking out da pompons and ready for some fine tailgating. I know she follows her alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and dem dar LSU tigers too. College football is only about 25 days away folks.

Oh, and I borrowed a little clip from her site just to show you what ya’ll been missing, merci beaucoup cher. There’s not too many festivals and fais do dos that Marguerite doesn’t miss. Here's one she shot featuring Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas and like a good tailgate follower, I hear she can shake a few tail feathers too. Enjoy, or as she often says 'Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler'!

Southern Grilled Drummers
Dis here’s a southern sleeper, not much kick really, starts out a little sweet like Marguerite then comes around with jes a little slap – dat’s from me…

10 chicken drumsticks, about 3 pounds
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons crushed black peppercorns
Real good shake of cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 garlic pods, minced
1 teaspoon Colman’s Mustard Powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Wash drumsticks under running water and pat completely dry. I like to make several slits with a knife along the skin to aid the marinade. Place drumsticks in a sealable plastic bag, add remaining ingredients, seal tight removing as much air as possible and toss to mix and distribute mixture among the chicken. Refrigerate overnight or at least for 2 hours.
Grill over medium heat turning often until juices run clear and skin is nice and brown.
Indoors > Remove from marinade, place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425 degrees F. oven for 30 minutes or until juices are clear turning about halfway.

Rajin' Cajun Sticks

Refreshingly sweet and spicy – with Louisiana’s best known pepper sauce

3 pounds chicken wings
1 cup Tabasco hot sauce (more for Marguerite)
1 -12 ounce Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more if you want it rajin'
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Wash the wings and pat dry. Cut off the tips and discard. Slice the skin at joints, bend popping the bone out of the socket and straighten out to form a stick.
In a wide saucepan, add ingredients except chicken and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, dip wings into sauce and let set a spell, about 15 minutes. Place wings in a sealable plastic bag and refrigerate until ready to grill.
Simmer sauce for about 40 minutes or until slightly thicken.
Grill wings about 30 minutes on medium low direct heat turning to brown evenly. Dip the wings in the sauce often while turning.
Indoors > Place chicken and sauce in a sided pan. Bake for about an 1 hour rotating the chicken every so often. Let the sauce cook down and the chicken brown evenly.

Barbecued Hot Wings
Grilled BBQ flavor made for dancing around on da tongue

20 chicken wings
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Tabasco

Wash wings and pat dry. Combine all ingredients in a sealable bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Grill on medium heat cooking until nice and brown. Brush with remaining sauce about half way while turning the wings.
Heat marinade and let simmer for about 5 minutes to serve as a dipping sauce if desired.
Indoors > Place the wings in a metal roasting pan with the sauce. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F or until the wings are nice and glazed. I use a turkey baster to glaze the sauce on the wings.

Note: When grilling chicken wings, use a grill basket if you have one as it works great for flipping over small chicken pieces.


  1. Do you deliver to Mexico? :)

    It all looks DELICIOUS!

  2. Time for BBQ! These look perfect....spicy and delicious...mmmm. Hope it doesn't rain....but it is :(

  3. I love wing recipes, these look great, I especially want to try the coke wings, I also heard of sprite and white pepper and some other spices wings. Want to try those too, so much food, so little time!

  4. My husband is a big drumstick fan. I love marinading chicken in buttermilk. It comes out so moist!

  5. all those chicken dishes are going on my must do list!! I love the coke in the wing recipe! I wonder how Dr. Pepper would work!

  6. Perfect recipe for tailgating....preseason started this sunday, so hubby is overly excited to have this sunday football food, and drumsticks are my girls fav, so tailgate and kid friendly...your a genius,

  7. Whos - looks like the party is happenin' in Alabama at Drick's place! Fabulaous looking food....sure to please my family :-)

  8. Three delights in one post. Good work is always!

  9. I think we're havin chicken tonight. Worcestershire makes everything excellent. I'm sure of it.

  10. How about that Drick! We both put up a chicken post on the same day! Every one of these looks like my kind of eating!

    Going to have to try that one with the soda, but I might use something like creme soda.

    Bon appetit

  11. Killer chicken recipes and great clip of people have some down home good times!

  12. Forget the chicken...I want the music! It's been a long time since I have hard some good Cajun tunes...we need to go to NOLA!

  13. Drick - I'd have a tough time choosing which to make first. They all look spectacular! Kate

  14. They all look so good, I was practically licking my computer screen. I love good chicken!

  15. Wow, Drick, you have totally outdone yourself with these great chicken and wing recipes! I especially love the Ragin' Cajun Sticks. Anything with one cup of Tabasco or more, would have to be good! They all look fabulous and you're right, I'm getting psyched-up for the new season and am really looking forward to it!

    And merci beaucoup, cher for your kind words and for the great shout out! You are the best!

  16. Do you deliver to Gainesville? These will be prefect for our Gator TailGATOR!!! Less than a month until the season starts. GO GATORS

  17. Very nice as always Drick! Looks like a good time and some great food.

  18. Wow, that's a lot of good food! As always so love your sauces...And the clip is great, saw on Marguerite's site but it froze on me,so thank you for another shot :) Music with soul :)


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