It's mashed potatoes meets fried chicken in one bite! Fluffy mashed potatoes, deliciously seasoned chicken, melty cheese crispy coated on a drumstick rivals anything you'd order at a restaurant.
For the Chicken – 2-3 lb chicken drumsticks about 5 drumsticks, skin removed – 1 teaspoon Litehouse Poultry Spice – 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika divided – 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder divided – 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste – 1 teaspoon sea salt more if needed – 2 tablespoons olive oil – 1 1/2 cup water – 2-3 large potatoes cooked with skin on, peeled & mashed – 2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated For Frying Drumsticks – 2/3 cup flour added to a bowl – 2 eggs whisked in a bowl – 1 cup breadcrumbs added to a bowl – oil for frying
1 hr 10 mins
Preheat, 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet over medium heat, add drumsticks and brown chicken on all sides until golden brown color (it's helpful to use oil splash protector while searing chicken). Next add water and cook chicken until it's cook thru, flipping once, about 35-40 minutes.
Next, remove the cooked meat off the drumsticks and finely chop the meat and place it in a mixing bowl. To the same bowl add mashed potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. And mix it until everything is combined.
Now, using wet hands grab a handful of meat/potato mixture into your hands and flat it out, add cheese in the middle and place the chicken drumstick bone over the top. Fold the mixture to form a drumstick. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Next, roll the drumsticks first in the flour, then in the egg wash and finally in the breadcrumbs. Then, fry chicken drumsticks it in the skillet, with 1 inch of hot oil ( I used olive oil), over medium heat until golden color, turning few times. Transfer onto a plate lined with paper towels.