Creole Drums

Creole Drums Recipe

Flavorful chicken legs are smothered in a Louisiana-style mixture of tomatoes, okra, onion, and bell pepper, and spiced up with hot-pepper sauce. Serve them in shallow soup bowls so you can easily spoon up all the great tasting sauce or serve them on a bed of fluffy brown rice.





Serves: 4

Serving Size: 2 drumsticks and 1 cup vegetable mixture

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 skinless chicken drumsticks with bone, all visible fat discarded (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 10 ounces fresh or frozen cut okra, cut into 1/2-inch slices if fresh
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (lowest sodium available)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon red hot-pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Lightly spray a Dutch oven with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for about 4 minutes, or until browned on all sides, turning frequently (the chicken won’t be done at this point). Transfer to a plate.
  2. In the same pot, cook the onion and bell pepper for 3 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to lightly brown, stirring frequently and scraping to dislodge any browned bits.
  3. Gently stir in the chicken with any accumulated juices. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the salt. Bring to a boil, still over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the okra is very tender. Remove from the heat.
  4. Transfer the chicken to soup bowls. Stir the salt into the tomato mixture. Pour over the chicken.


3 Vegetable, 4 Lean Protein

Nutrition Facts

Calories 250
    Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 6 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 230 mg
Potassium 760 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugars 8 g
    Added Sugar 0 g
Protein 33 g
Phosphorus 265 mg


This recipe is from Diabetes & Heart-Healthy Recipes published by the American Diabetes Association. ©2019 American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. All rights reserved.