Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Faux Chicken Drumsticks

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Two years ago, my nieces sat down to dinner, thrilled that they were getting chicken pot pie and fancy frosted cupcakes for dinner. Until they took a bite. Alli was absolutely disgusted, well, maybe furious is a better word for it, that those cupcakes were actually meatloaf topped with neon mashed potatoes! After some explaining that it was just a joke, a very angry Alli stormed off to her room while Maggie giggled and continued eating. Funny girls!

Last year, even Alli managed to enjoy an April Fool's spread of hot dogs and french fries. Not sure what Breezi has planned this year, but I think some chicken drumsticks could be a quick crowd pleaser!

These guys are easy to make and quite tasty, if I do say so myself. Pretty much they're just chicken flavored rice crispy treats...april fool's! They're just regular old rice crispy treats, shaped into drumsticks and covered with a brown sugar glaze. The rice crispies naturally give them that crunchy breaded look. Mm!
Faux Chicken Drumsticks [click to print]
Makes about 22 drumsticks
For the rice crispies
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 oz. (one bag) marshmallows
  • 6 c. rice crispies (or other puffed rice cereal)
Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl. Stir in vanilla and salt. Add marshmallows and microwave until completely melted and gooey in 30 second bursts, stirring well between each nuke. Stir in rice crispies and spread mixture out loosely on large piece of parchment paper. Allow to cool.
For the brown sugar glaze
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 2 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 T. corn syrup
  • 4 T. milk
Melt butter in saucepan. Add brown sugar and bring to a boil, then continue boiling two minutes while stirring continuously. Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly stir in milk. Return to a boil and then remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm and slowly beat in powdered sugar and corn syrup. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the glaze reaches a pouring consistency. You only want a thin coating of glaze on your treats, so if it's still too thick, microwave it for a few seconds and stir until it's nice and runny.
To create the drumsticks
  • Grab a handful of rice crispies and shape into a drumstick. Continue until all crispies are formed. 
  • Set up your glazing station, aka set a wire rack over a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This will let you scoop and reuse the glaze that drips off so you have enough to coat all your pieces. 
  • Drizzle spoonfuls of glaze over each piece and allow to set. 
Source: Inspired by Party Pinching; Glaze adapted from Cupcake Project

1 comment:

  1. I looked at these before dinner...and my tummy growled. I am going to need to make these, even if they aren't really as a main dish! You fooled me!


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