Vegan chicken drumstick recipe with ranch and veggies on a white plate and background.

Vegan Drumsticks

These chicken vegan drumsticks will soon become your guilty pleasure! They are meaty, succulent, tender and crispy.

Companies like All Vegetarian, Be Leaf and May Wah all make a version of the chicken drumstick. More or less, they are of the same quality, have similar texture and when treated right, can produce the right flavor. The real magic lies in the preparation!

The Best Way To Cook Vegan Chicken Drumsticks

I’ve taken up the challenge of figuring out how to make the best vegan drumsticks like my reputation depends on it. Studiously, I’ve batch tested a few methods and taken notes so that you don’t have to.

While trying out different methods, I’ve found that when vegan meat is treated with the same patience and care that chefs put into traditional meat options, it can be elevated to the same flavor level.

My preferred preparation uses steaming to soften the vegan meat fibers, and then relies on baking the drumsticks and basting them over the span of 30 minutes.

When they’re done baking in the oven, you’ll have perfectly cooked drumsticks every time. Serve with vegan ranch, cut celery and julienned carrots for the classic combo. The cooked wings keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. Beyond that I’m unsure, as they’ve never lasted that long in my home.

Toss the succulent drumsticks in a variety of tasty sauces – from barbecue to sweet chili, mustard sauce and more.

These chicken drumsticks are tender, moist, meaty, slightly chewy and really hit the spot. They’re the perfect finger foods for gatherings and effortless dinners. If you make vegan drumsticks using my way of preparation, don’t forget to tag the Plant Based Dog Guy in your post!

Craving other “meaty” vegan dishes? Try some of my other go-to recipes:

Vegan chicken drumstick recipe with ranch and veggies on a white plate and background.
Yield: 6 Servings

Vegan Drumsticks

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This recipe is the best way to make tender and juicy vegan chicken drumsticks. They're the perfect finger food for parties and casual dinners.


  • 12 Vegan Chicken Drumsticks

Buffalo Sauce

  • 2 Parts Frank's Red Hot Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 Part Vegan Butter (Earth Balance)



  1. In a large pot, add enough water to reach the 1/4 mark. Place on high heat and bring water to a boil.
  2. When the water starts simmering and giving off light steam, lower the stove to medium heat.
  3. Place a steam basket on top and put the vegan drumsticks in the basket. Try to not overlap the drumsticks.
  4. Steam for around 8 - 10 minutes so that the vegan meat gets soft and tender.
  5. Remove the wings off the stove and onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake the drumsticks in the oven for 20 minutes at 400°F.
  6. 10 minutes into baking, flip the drumsticks over to get an even cook.
  7. After 20 minutes, take the drumsticks out of the oven and toss in sauce. For all the buffalo sauce lovers out there, I have included a quick and easy sauce recipe below.
  8. Once coated in sauce, lay the drumsticks on the tray and place them back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  9. When the 5 minute timer sounds, remove the drumsticks from the oven and flip over.
  10. Place back in the oven to cook for a final 5 minutes.
  11. At the end, you'll have perfectly tender and moist vegan drumsticks to enjoy! Toss in more sauce for very saucy drumsticks.


  1. The ratios for this buffalo sauce is 2 parts hot sauce to 1 part vegan butter.
  2. For example, on low heat, place 1/2 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) in a small saucepan. Stir to melt.
  3. Turn the stove off and remove the saucepan from heat.
  4. Add 1 cup Frank's Original Hot Sauce and continue to stir until the sauce is smooth.
  5. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


The homemade vegan buffalo sauce stays fresh for 5 days in the fridge. It tastes great in sandwiches and as a dipping sauce for fries.

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Nutrition Information


6 Servings

Serving Size

2 Drumsticks

Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 8gSodium 352mgCarbohydrates 9.2gSugar 2gProtein 10.4g

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