Tonight's dinner: Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Sep 28, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET

You're a smart cook. You're a saavy eater. You know you shouldn't indulge in a bucket of greasy, fried chicken. But, sometimes comfort food calls, and you find yourself staring square in the face of a serious craving. Feed your tastebuds exactly what they are asking for, without any guilt, by making this easy, great tasting oven fried chicken. As crisp, crunchy, and flavorful as the original stuff, with a lot less calories and fat.

Oven Fried Chicken

Chicken drumsticks are an affordable way to serve lower-fat chicken to your family. You can almost always find them on sale, sometimes as low as 88 cents per pound. When you catch them as a good price, buy several packages and freeze them for future dinners. Your wallet, and your well-fed family with thank you for being such a saavy shopper.

Though this recipe calls for chicken drumsticks, don't hesitate to use chicken breasts or thighs, as well. This recipe makes easy work of seasoning the chicken by using spooning a couple teaspoons of spice right out of a package of ranch dressing mix. Look in the salad dressing aisles for the pouches of powdered ranch dressing. If you can't find it, just substitute a teaspoon each of garlic salt and onion powder.

Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 egg
  • 1 cup corn flakes, crushed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons powdered ranch dressing mix

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs well. Stir together the corn flakes, flour, cornstarch and ranch dressing mix. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg, then coat with corn flake mixture. Transfer to a baking sheet which has been lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray, then spray a light coat of nonstick cooking spray over your chicken. Bake in an oven preheated to 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes, turning the chicken once in the middle of the cooking time. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Side Dish Suggestions:  Mashed potatoes & chicken gravy, steamed broccoli, carrots, or corn.