Baked Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks

Breaded Drumsticks

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
356 Calories
20g Fat
7g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 356
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 192mg 64%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 394mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Serve these tasty baked chicken legs with a rice and vegetable pilaf or fries and sliced fresh tomatoes. These are easy to prepare and bake, perfect for an everyday family meal.

You can use shredded Parmesan cheese in the recipe, but a good quality fresh grated Parmesan would be delicious as well.

Don't have fine dry breadcrumbs? They're easy to make with sliced bread! See the tips and variations below the recipe instructions.


  • 6 to 8 chicken drumsticks, skin removed

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375 F.

  2. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or spray with cooking spray.

  3. Combine butter and lemon juice; brush chicken pieces all over. Sprinkle with the seasonings.

  4. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a shallow dish; coat the chicken pieces thoroughly. Arrange chicken pieces in the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining crumbs; drizzle with any remaining butter mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the chicken is browned and juices run clear when pricked with a fork. The minimum safe temperature for chicken is 165 F.

Tips and Variations

  • Put the breaded chicken on a rack and let it dry for about 5 minutes before you arrange it in the baking dish. This will help keep the breading from sticking to the pan or falling off the chicken legs.

  • To make fine dry bread crumbs, cut or tear a few slices of bread into pieces and bake in a 325 F oven for about 12 minutes, or until dried and browned. Crush in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or process in a food processor until fine.