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Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks

These drumsticks sit in buttermilk and spices for a few hours to overnight to marinate.  It makes them super tasty and really moist.  They also happen to be a part of my Halloween menu yearly as my “Demon Drumsticks.”  I just add a few dashes of hot sauce or ketchup to them for the full spooky effect.

Serves 4


  • 8 chicken legs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • a few dashes hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • cooking spray (olive or canola)
1.)  In a large bowl, combine chicken legs, buttermilk, onion, garlic, hot sauce, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, thyme salt, and pepper.  Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours up to overnight.
2.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place a cooling rack (for baked goods) over a rectangular baking sheet.  If you don’t have one, just place drumsticks on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, remaining 1 teaspoon cayenne, garlic powder, parsley flakes, salt, and  pepper.
3.)  Remove one leg at a time from the buttermilk mixture, letting excess drip off.  Place leg into bread crumb mixture and coat completely.  Place onto cookie sheet and spray each drumstick with cooking spray.  Repeat with remaining chicken legs.  Bake for 55 minutes until cooked through.