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A Leg Up (Oven-Fried Drumsticks)

A Leg Up uses your choice of crunchy coatings.


  • 8 drumsticks
  • 1 large egg
  • Crunchy coating (choice of 1 below)
  • Nonstick spray


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil. Coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Skin chicken by grasping skin with paper towels and pulling off.
  3. In a shallow bowl, slightly beat egg. Coat a few drumsticks in egg at a time.
  4. Place desired crunchy coating in plastic bag. Crush.
  5. Put 2 drumsticks in the bag at a time and shake to coat chicken. Place on pan, lightly coat drumsticks with cooking spray. (If using fried onions or honey mustard pretzels, do not spray).
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and coating is browned.

Yield: 4 servings

Crunchy Coatings

Italian: 1 cup wheat germ, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon each garlic salt and pepper

Honey Mustard: 3 cups honey mustard pretzels pieces, 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mexican: 3 cups tortilla chips, 2 teaspoons each chili powder and ground cumin

Crispy Ranch: 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal, 1 envelope ranch dressing mix

Cheesy: cups cheese crackers, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Herb: 1 1/2 cups herb stuffing mix, 1 teaspoon each onion powder and paprika

Curry: 3 cups French fried onion rings, 2 teaspoons curry powder

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