Southern Living
Prep Time:
15 Mins
Bake Time:
30 Mins
Yield:
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 drumsticks)

There’s no such thing as too many fried chicken recipes. Sure, you may have Mama’s classic version that’s guaranteed to score a touchdown with your crowd’s taste buds every time, but it’s nice to pull a recipe off the bench every now and again. Whether it’s chicken fried chicken or a Southern fried recipe, there are seemingly endless ways to fry a bird full of flavor.

Here, we take your deep fryer out of the equation with an oven-fried chicken recipe that just might turn drumsticks into your new favorite piece of poultry. Perfect for filling your fried chicken fix without the hot, smelly grease, our Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks is a baked fried chicken recipe with a satisfyingly crunchy texture. Coat meat with a mixture of crushed cornflakes, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper before dunking each drumstick in buttermilk and covering in a crunchy outer layer again. Bake for just 25 to 30 minutes, and you’ll have a beautifully brown, crispy plate of chicken ready to serve for dinner, a picnic, or a party. Substitute drumsticks for breasts, thighs, or a combination of chicken parts if you’d prefer, since the baking time is similar for all of them.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and shake well to combine.

Step 2

Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl. Dip 2 drumsticks in buttermilk, and place in bag. Seal and shake well, coating drumsticks completely. Place drumsticks on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining drumsticks. Sprinkle remaining cornflake mixture evenly over drumsticks on baking sheet. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

Step 3

Bake at 425° for 25 to 30 minutes or until drumsticks are well browned and done. Serve immediately.