Easy Chicken Drumstick Dinner

Like most moms, I try to do the grocery shopping without my son. If he comes along, he inevitably talks me into making an unplanned purchase or two. However, last month we were meandering through the meat department and he said, “Mom, can we have drumsticks for dinner?” Chicken drumsticks happened to be 88 cents a pound that day, so I picked up a package of eight for less than $3.00. I don’t know why, but I rarely cook drumsticks. They’re delicious and meaty, and when I prepared them with my favorite oven-fried chicken recipe they came out tender and crispy. The fact that they’re economical and kid-friendly makes them a near-perfect dinner choice. Here’s the recipe, and you can substitute 6 chicken thighs or 3-4 chicken breasts if you prefer:


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (2.5 to 3 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I prefer peanut oil because it doesn’t smoke at high temperatures)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the flour, salt, paprika and pepper in a paper or plastic bag. Rinse the drumsticks and shake dry, then shake them in the flour mixture. Pour the vegetable oil in a foil-lined baking pan and arrange the drumsticks on the pan:

Cook for 30 minutes and turn; cook for another 25-30 minutes or until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels before serving. 3-4 servings.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

1 thought on “Easy Chicken Drumstick Dinner”

  1. Perfect timing! I happened to get drumsticks because they were on sale and I needed some more meat. We haven’t had them in a very long time because we are chicken breast people. I’m excited to try this recipe!


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