Oven-Fried Panko Crusted Chicken Drumsticks

Oven-Fried Panko Crusted Chicken Drumsticks are coated in an extra crunchy seasoned panko crust and then baked in the oven until they are golden brown and extra juicy.  No one will believe that they're baked and not fried in oil!

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I love to cook chicken drumsticks for my family.  They are usually super inexpensive and can be bought in a big pack that's enough for several meals.  I'm also a fan of them because one drumstick is the perfect portion for the kids.

The way that we usually prepare them is on the grill, like these Honey Mustard Drumsticks, but I decided to bake them in the oven this time in a crispy crunchy panko coating.  The result leaves the chicken so incredibly juicy and super crunchy, just like chicken that's been fried.  Hence the name "oven-fried".

I think what surprised me the most about this chicken was how much my 5-year old loved it.  Her exact words were, "Can we have this for dinner every night?  This is delicious!"  And then she continued to swoon over it for the entire duration of the meal.  If that doesn't make a momma happy, I don't know what does!

So, if you're looking for a way to dress up your budget-friendly drumsticks, give this preparation method a shot.  I think you're family will love every perfectly-seasoned, juicy, crunchy bite!  I know mine did!


Oven-Fried Panko Crusted Chicken Drumsticks

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Ingredients
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsps parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Put the butter in  your cast iron skillet and place it in the oven to melt.
  2. Meanwhile, in a shallow dish whisk together the egg and the water.  In another shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil and black pepper.
  3. Dip the drumsticks in the egg mixture followed by the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the coating firmly onto each piece.  Put the drumsticks into the pan of melted butter and drizzle them with olive oil.
  4. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes, flip then continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Notes
  • I didn't measure the olive oil.  I just gave a light drizzle to each piece of chicken.
  • If your looking for a slimmed down version of an oven-fried chicken, try my greek yogurt marinated, whole wheat coated Skinny Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken!  It's a winner, too!
  • Source: Adapted from Mr. Food

40 comments:

  1. Best chicken I have ever made!!!!

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    1. Wow, thanks! Glad you loved it as much as we did!

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  2. Found the recipe on Pinterest. And it is the best chicken I've ever made! My fiancé liked it so much, I had to make it 3 times in 2 weeks ;-)

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    1. Hooray for happy fiancés and happy tummys. :)

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  3. Does it have to be in a cast iron skillet? I don't have one. :(

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    1. I have made this in a glass baking dish and it was great!

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    2. When making it in a glass baking dish do you still bake it at the same temp?

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    3. Yes, the baking temperature would be the same.

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  4. So you get them crispy first, then bake them? How long does it go on the skillet?

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    1. They are not browned in the skillet before baking. After they are coated with the panko you put them into the skillet and put the skillet directly into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, flip the chicken over, and then bake for 15 more minutes.

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  5. Looks and sounds amazing! Did you remove the skin?

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I do not remove the skin.

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  6. What sides did you serve this with?

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    1. You can serve these with any side that you would normally serve with baked or fried chicken. Vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad...they'll all work! The very first time I made these I served them with oven-roasted green beans and a side salad. You can see a photo of my plate over on my Instagram here: http://instagram.com/p/pCxnzzSo89/?modal=true

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  7. Oh my goodness! Made this last night and it was SO GOOD! Next time doubling or tripling the recipe for lots of leftovers. The crunch and flavor of the panko... yummy. Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. You're so welcome! So glad you loved it.

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  8. Creative way to make fried chicken, way to think outside of the box.

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  9. Can you use other chicken breast

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    1. You could use other cuts of chicken. Depending on what cut you use, you may have to adjust the cook time. Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.

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  10. I did it with chicken breasts this evening and it worked just fine. Less time tho, since they were boneless and without skin. Tasted good.

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    1. Great to hear you enjoyed this recipe with chicken breasts. We use boneless skinless breasts a lot in our house.

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  11. Hi mine came out all wrong. Top was nice and crunchy, but when i flipped over bottom breadcrumb came off and was soggy. Then when done, bottom side was now soggy too. Don't know if baking in stainless steel versus cast iron caused it. Plus I doubled portion so drumsticks all touched had no room between. Maybe this contributed?

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    1. Oh, yes. If the pan was crowded that would definitely be the explanation. I have never done it in stainless steel though. Only glass and cast iron.

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  12. This sounds delish! Can't wait to make it tonight, I know my husband will love it!

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  13. If i used seasoned panko breadcrumbs would that mean I can eliminate most of the dried seasonings.

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  14. great recipe! My kids loved it!!!!

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  15. Kristel RegaladoMarch 8, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    If I don't have olive oil, can I skip that step?

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    1. You could. Or you could use a little melted butter!

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  16. In the oven right now! Smells amazing!

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    1. Wonderful! I hope you enjoyed them!

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  17. I have all gradients except for.panko. I used regular breadcrumbs. It's in the oven now....will it work?

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  18. Just made this chicken looks and tastes really good. One of the best oven fried chicken I've ever made. Thanks for posting the recipe

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  19. Loved the chicken legs. So, so good. Instead of olive oil I used some Pam. Worked great. Thank you for this recipe.

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  20. I omitted the pepper and the basil, and put in 1/2 tsp lemon herb seasoning. Quite delicious! And crunchier than I expected!!

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  21. I second that 'emotion.' There is nothing wrong with healthy chicken recipes. Chicken is one of my favorite things to eat. Sometimes we have chicken so many times in a row, week after week that my wife will complain that she is tired of eating chicken. I don't see how that can be, but that's alright; to each their own.

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