All-American Oven-"Fried" Drumsticks


All-American Oven-"Fried" Drumsticks

All-American Oven-Fried Drumstick
55 Min

Years ago the only fried chicken was Southern-fried, and there's no doubt that it's delicious, but in terms of fried chicken recipes , oven-"fried" has its merits, too. With our All-American Oven-"Fried" Drumsticks, you'll get the best of everything. Crispy chicken on the outside and juicy on the insides! Chicken drumsticks have never been better and we're sure this is an oven-fried chicken drumstick recipe you don't wanna miss! 

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoons butter

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place flour in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, beat eggs with milk, just until mixed. In a plastic bag, mix together bread crumbs and seasonings.
  3. Dredge chicken in flour, one or two pieces at a time, coating evenly. Dip floured chicken pieces into egg mixture, then place in bread crumb mixture; close bag and shake to coat well.
  4. Place butter in a large baking dish and melt in oven. Arrange chicken in a single layer over melted butter, turning to coat both sides.
  5. Bake 25 minutes; turn chicken and bake an additional 25 minutes, or until golden brown and no pink remains.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 529
  • Calories from Fat 202
  • Total Fat 22g 35 %
  • Saturated Fat 9.2g 46 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 52g 103 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 324mg 108 %
  • Sodium 825mg 34 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 27g 9 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.6g 7 %
  • Sugars 2.6g 0 %

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I love this chicken recipe and have been using it for years. I have it saved to my bookmarks and after making it tonight decided to review it because it is my go to for a yummy, hearty dinner with like a side of corn and rice.

I made this with thighs. They turned out good but made a mess in the oven from splashing fat. Made the kitchen very smoky. I'll make this with drumsticks next time.

Can I makes this with thighs instead of drumsticks? Nobody in my family likes drumsticks.

Same with my family. You'll need to increase the bread crumb mixture as thighs will use more, and have to increase bake time a bit (just start with time listed in recipe and watch for no pink inside) Was fantastic!

These drumsticks are AWESOME!!! My fiance has me addicted to them. They are so juicy, that when you bite in to them, the juice from the chicken just runs down your chin. The best is if you use Italian breadcrumbs.

This has always been my favorite way.

The recipe is based on 8 drumsticks, however I have a 12 pack of drumsticks and plan to cook all of them. So I need measurements based on 12 drumsticks. Thanks!

For a 12-pack of drumsticks we recommend the following changes: 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 4 tablespoons butter. (Ingredients not mentioned can stay the same as listed above). Enjoy!

If 12 drumsticks are being used instead of 8, why would you decrease the bread crumbs from 1 cup down to 1/2 cup?

Hi there! Thank you for pointing this out. It seems there was a typo. It should be 1-1/2 (1.5) cups of bread crumbs for 12 drumsticks. Hope that helps! :)

I haven't made this yet, but my son and I are going to make it this weekend. My son has autism and is not good at trying new things, but he loves chicken no matter how it's prepared. He is learning how to cook and gets to pick which recipe to try. I'll let you know how it goes! -)

This is an excellent recipe. If you're looking for a way to kick it up a notch on the seasoning, you can replace the herbs and spices with creole seasoning. I use Tony Chachere's Seasoning Powder, but any creole seasoning will do. It turns out lovely with just a touch of spice. For a bit more flavor, you can sprinkle a bit more of the seasoning on the chicken when you pull it out of the oven. (I can't eat anything that's more than a little spicy, but I've never had an issue with these.)

I am assuming that one cannot remove the skin from the drumsticks and have them turn out well???

Hi there! While the Test Kitchen has not made this recipe that way, we do know that a viewer tried it and said it worked. We believe that's because the chicken is floured, dipped in egg and then coated in breading which helps to hold the chicken together well. Enjoy!

I've been trying different recipes for oven baked chicken with different coatings to find the crispy one we all like at my house. I will try this one next.

Well did you try this recipe? You can't just say you're gonna do it and not give us an update!

All the steps, melting butter in a pan,rolling chicken in flour, then egg wash, mixing crumbs and spices in a bag- it all sounded like a lot of work. But it wasn't really and the chicken was delicious. Crispy outside, moist inside!

So delicious. Everyone enjoyed these. They were so juicy.

We're so glad that your family enjoyed these!

What if you don't have bread crums..and only flour eggs and milk

Hi there! If you have any kind of bread at home, you can make your own breadcrumbs by using a blender or food processor, or you can use finely crushed crackers too!

My 11 year old boy made this recipe with me by his side guiding him. I had never made a recipe were you roll it into flour first then egg and last bread crumbs. I was the best oven fried drumsticks we ever bake. We did adjusted the seasoning to our preference. My boy loved making this chicken. Thanks for posting it.

While I am a seasoned cook and know the steps, it might be helpful if you included what you did with the seasonings and bread crumbs. It seems this step was omitted. These were very good!!

Oops! So sorry I kept reading right over the step with the seasonings and bread crumbs! My apologies.

I baked them in a glass baking dish, and they came out so moist and tender, with a gorgeous crunchy skin. The meat basically just fell off the bone. Only thing, I don't know if I forgot something or what happened, they were a tad bland, really just a tad. Next time I'm going to use more seasoning and see what happens. Oh, and for the breading I used half regular breadcrumbs and half Panko. Worked so well. Kids loved these drumsticks.

Great recipe. Not sweet like the mayonnaise based oven-fried chicken recipe that is usually made. It's my go to recipe now!

I made this for dinner tonite and was pleasantly surprised. The flavor was really good and it was nice and's a keeper!!

Tasted great! Will use the top rack and a wire rack to make it a bit crispier next time.

My husband really liked this and HIS preference is lots of crispy FAT fried skin. What a good find!!! Thanks

Thank you for your comments! We are thrilled to hear that your husband enjoyed this healthier "fried" chicken recipe!

Terrific recipe. Family loved it. Did place it on a wire rack to bake.

done this on a cookie sheet made my own bread crumbs added cajun seasoning instead of onion powder it was ohhhh soooo good

tastes great but for crisper chicken place wire rack on cookie sheet to bake on

We didn't care for these too much, served to six people, and the vote was not to try again.

This was great! Next time I will use a cookie sheet. The first time I used a 9x13 and the chicken didn't get very crispy. This is how we learn.

Next time, place the sheet on the top rack, as high as it will go (since this is the hottest part of an oven) then bake as directed. Your chicken will be crispy every time.

i make an oven fried chicken with similar ingredients (except the eggs and milk), which is very tasty, but comes out a little dry, can't wait to try Mr. Food's recipe for a moist piece of oven fried chicken. Keep up the good work Mr. Food. Victoria

"Hello Mr Food"! This sounds like (another keeper) although I and my husband have been enjoying your "Almost-Fried Chicken" tremendously! Plus it was baked with (olive oil) and was extremely tasty! Thanks again for all your great recipes, which are very easy to prepare, and not small on taste!!! Have a great day, everyday! Sherry


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