Oven Fried Drumsticks

These oven-fried drumsticks–a throwback to childhood–can be coated in breadcrumbs, panko, potato chips, cheese crackers, tortilla chips, crushed wasabi peas, saltines, corn flakes. Um, really, just about anything.

Crunchy Oven-Fried Drumsticks

Oven fried drumsticks. Proof that some things never go out of style but just take on a somewhat newish look now and again. This easy weeknight recipe still has kids shouting about these being the best chicken dinner EVER and thinking you’re a nifty mom. Just the way it did decades ago when crumb-coated oven-baked drumsticks first began to make the rounds in American kitchens. Our moms made them for us when we were kids with whatever happened to be on hand—bread crumbs, corn flakes, stale potato chips. Woman’s Day smartly resurrected this tradition of in their recent cookbook, and we’d venture to say that some of the drumstick coatings they suggest in the recipe seem to, ah, reflect the recipe’s earliest era, which we’d guess is somewhere around when Shake ‘n Bake came to be. But there’s no stopping you from dredging the drumsticks in whatever your whim. Pretty much anything that crumbles is an option. Just look in the back of your pantry for wadded up bags of cracker and cereal and pretzel crumbs. We’ve listed a few additional suggestions for you just below. But don’t let us put a crimp in your creativity. Go on. Bring a little playfulness back into weeknight dinner. Originally published September 7, 2011.Renee Schettler Rossi

What To Use To Coat Chicken Drumsticks?

In the spirit of no crumb left behind, we raided our pantry to uncover every crumb we could find. Here, just to start the drumsticks rolling, are a few crumbs we’re toying with trying next time we make this recipe. Just toss the ingredient in a resealable plastic bag, press out as much of the air as possible, and start banging on it with a rolling pin or a heavy skillet to work out some of that workday frustration. If you’ve got some crumb-inspired genius that isn’t found below, don’t be selfish and let us know it in a comment below!

Potato Chip
Potato chips. Any flavor. Crushed. (Who are we kidding? Don’t crush a perfectly good chip. Just nosh on the perfectly shaped whole potato chips and reserve the sad little crumbs at the bottom of the bag for your drumsticks.)

Wasabi Peas
Yep. Try crushing wasabi-coated peas into oblivion.

Tortilla Chips
No, we’re not suggesting any of Doritos’ dozens upon dozens of flavors. We mean tortilla chips. You know, the real deal, the kind that comes in yellow corn, white corn, or blue corn.

Corn Flakes
Minus the milk.

Japanese panko, preferably seasoned with sesame seeds or spice or dried herbs

Corn Bread
Day-old corn bread (and yep, you can use cornbread with cheese, fresh corn, and crumbled bacon)

Cheese Crackers
Know those cheesy fish crackers? Uh huh. You can see where we’re going with this…especially if you have some homemade cheesy fish crackers on hand.

Gluten-Free Rice Crackers
Hey, how about those zesty little rice crackers that come in all those funky shapes?

Pita Chip
Finally, a proper use for pita chips! (Any flavor you fancy or happen to have on hand…except maybe apple-cinnamon…)

Well, why not? (Wait, does anyone ever eat saltines any more? Or are they reserved only for those days when you need some flat ginger ale and something really really bland?)

Oven Fried Drumsticks

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  • Serves 4
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  • Mild olive or vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 large egg
  • Any Crazy Crunchy Coating (see suggestions below and above)


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a shallow roasting pan or a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat the foil with oil or melted butter.
  • 2. Pat the chicken dry. If desired, remove the skin from the chicken by grasping the skin with a paper towel and yanking.
  • 3. Grab a fork or a whisk and lightly beat the egg in a shallow bowl.
  • 4. Place your desired Crazy Crunchy Coating in a resealable plastic food bag. If using anything that’s not already smashed into smithereens, close the bag and gently crush the contents into fine crumbs with a rolling pin, the bottom of a heavy skillet, or even a wine bottle.
  • 5. Working with one or two drumsticks at a time, first dip them in the egg, then allow any excess to drop off before placing the drumsticks in the bag of Crazy Crunchy Coating. Shake to coat the chicken evenly.
  • 6. Place the drumsticks on the prepared pan and lightly coat the drumsticks with oil or melted butter. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve right away.

Woman's Day Crazy Crunchy Coatings For Oven Fried Drumsticks

  • Italian: 1 cup wheat germ, 1/3 cup grated parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
    Honey-mustard: 3 cups honey-mustard pretzel pieces, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    Mexican: 3 cups tortilla chips, 2 teaspoons each chili powder and ground cumin
    Krispie ranch: 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal, 1 envelope ranch dressing mix
    Cheesy: 3 cups cheese crackers (goldfish-shaped are fine), 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    Herb: 1 1/2 cups herb stuffing mix
    Onion: 3 cups French fried onion rings

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