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Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 30 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 drumsticks)
These oven-fried chicken drumsticks have a satisfyingly crunchy texture. We loved the flavor results when we used 1/2 tsp. red pepper. Use 1/4 tsp. for kids.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cornflake cereal, crushed
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 lb.), skinned
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 324
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 7.8 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 40.7 g
  • carbohydrate 21.3 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 137 mg
  • iron 5.9 mg
  • sodium 790 mg
  • calcium 150 mg

How to Make It

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

    Photo: Lee Harrelson
  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.

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