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Removing Drumstick Tendons

By Cook's Illustrated Published March 2012

Will this clever trick, you'll never bite into another chewy tendon again.

What's not to like about chicken drumsticks, which boast juicy, flavorful dark meat and ar eso easy to pick up from the plate? We can think of one thing: they're full of stringy tendons. We figured out a clever way to remove the tendons before cooking.

1. Holding a paring knife just above the ankle and perpendicular to the bone, slice around the circumference all the way to the bone. This will expose the ends of about six thin white tendons.

2. Using a clean pair of pliers, grip the end of each tendon and pull firmly to remove it. Repeat until there are no more visible tendons.