If you’re a fan of fried chicken, you’ll love this healthier alternative!! These Oven Baked Chicken Legs are breaded in a light, crispy coating that’s full of delicious seasonings, and then BAKED instead of fried!
Delicious and more healthy
When I’m feeling motivated to eat healthier, it seems like chicken is all I eat. Even though there are so many wonderful ways to make chicken, it can still get a little old sometimes. So, we’re always on the look out for new ways to switch up our chicken dishes, like this Oven Baked Chicken recipe!
These drumsticks were easy to put together and were a HUGE hit with everyone in the family. The batter coating the chicken is light, tasty, and just perfect enough to make you lick your fingers. The best part is that it tastes just like Kentucky Fried Chicken but they’re not fried at all – they’re BAKED!!
I was surprised that they tasted so good for being baked, but they were, which means I’ll feel less guilty when I have a few. 😉 When a recipe tastes this good and is this easy, it’s a winner in my book. If you’re a chicken lover like us, you’ll definitely enjoy this simple and easy oven baked drumsticks recipe.
How to Bake Drumsticks
BREAD. Coat each drumstick in the breading mixture (only 4 ingredients!), and then place in a 9×13 pan with a little bit of melted butter. Once they’re all breaded and in the pan, spray lightly with the spray butter and then place in the oven.
BAKE. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven, flip each chicken leg, spray with butter once more, and then bake for an additional 15-25 minutes, until they’re as crispy as you want them to be.
Tip: For easy clean up line the cooking pan with aluminum foil.
Can I use other cuts of chicken besides drumsticks? You can easily substitute other cuts. You will just have to adjust the bake times. Bake until juices run clear.
- Thighs: 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes
- Breasts: 375 degree oven for 20 minutes
- Boneless Wings: 350 degree oven for 30 minutes
- Bone-In Wings: 400 degree oven for 45 minutes
what to do with leftovers
Throw away leftover chicken if it has been at room temperature for more than two hours. Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze leftovers. Use an airtight container, freezer bags, or wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for 4-6 months.
How to reheat leftovers: If you are using the microwave, place chicken on a microwave safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel, heat for 45 seconds flip and heat for 45 seconds more.
To heat in the oven place chicken in an oven safe dish. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat the chicken with olive oil, heat uncovered for 25 minutes.
These chicken legs are sooooo crispy and DELICIOUS! We just had this recipe again for the second time this month which means it’s definitely a KEEPER. 😉
what to serve with drumsticks:
For more great chicken recipes, check out:
- Chicken Parmesan Bundles
- Chicken Stroganoff
- Bruschetta Chicken
- Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
- Baked Chicken Fingers
- Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
Baked Drumsticks Recipe
If you're a fan of fried chicken, you'll love this healthier alternative!! These Oven Baked Chicken Legs are breaded in a light, crispy coating that's full of delicious seasonings, and then BAKED instead of fried!
- 2-3 TB butter or margarine
- 2/3 c Bisquick mix
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3 lbs chicken drumsticks chicken legs
- spray butter
Preheat oven to 425.
Melt butter in a 9x13 baking dish in the oven.
While butter is melting, stir together Bisquick, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. Coat each chicken drum and place in 9x13 with melted butter.
Spray with butter before putting in the oven and once during baking.
Bake for 30 minutes, flip and bake an additional 15-25 minutes. ENJOY!!
Tried and True Findings:
HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 6-8
ANY CHANGES MADE: used more butter, baked for longer
ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: none
Adapted from bettycrocker.com.