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Crispy Baked Drumsticks with Honey-Mustard Sauce

  • 20 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“These baked chicken drumsticks are crispy-crunchy outside and succulent and juicy inside. Serve with sweet potato fries and spinach salad.”


    • ⅔ cup fine dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Note)
    • ½ teaspoon paprika
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 5 teaspoons canola oil
    • 1 large egg
    • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds total), skin removed, trimmed
    • ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • 1 Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat a wire rack with cooking spray and set it on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • 2 Mix breadcrumbs, paprika, onion powder and salt in a shallow dish. Drizzle with oil and mash with a fork until the oil is thoroughly incorporated. Lightly beat egg with a fork in another shallow dish. Dip the drumsticks into the egg, then press into the breading mixture until evenly coated on both sides. (Discard any remaining mixture and/or egg.) Place the chicken on the prepared rack.
  • 3 Bake the chicken until golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a drumstick without touching bone registers 165°F, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • 4 To prepare sauce: Combine yogurt, mustard, honey and pepper in a small bowl. Serve the sauce with the drumsticks.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 4) for up to 3 days.
  • Note: To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until very fine. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs.
  • Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.
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