Crispy Ranch Drumsticks

Crispy Ranch Drumsticks

1 Review
From:, July 2017

This easy kid-friendly dinner pairs healthier oven-fried chicken with crisp, raw vegetables and a homemade ranch dressing for dipping.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1½ cups buttermilk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (2½ to 2¾ pounds), skin removed
  • 3 teaspoons dried dill, divided
  • 3 teaspoons dried chives, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1½ cups crushed cornflakes
  • Canola or olive oil cooking spray
  • ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 4 cups sliced fresh vegetables for dipping, such as bell pepper, carrot and/or cucumber


  • Prep

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk 1¼ cups buttermilk, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator, stirring once or twice, for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  3. Combine 2 teaspoons dill, 2 teaspoons chives, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Place cornflakes in a shallow dish. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and shake off the excess. Sprinkle the herb mixture all over the drumsticks, then roll them in the cornflakes, coating well. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and coat all sides with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the drumsticks until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone registers 165°F, 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise with the remaining ¼ cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon dill, 1 teaspoon chives and ½ teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl. Serve the chicken with vegetables and the dipping sauce.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 drumsticks, 1 cup veggies & ¼ cup sauce
  • Per serving: 522 calories; 31 g fat(6 g sat); 3 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 39 g protein; 135 mcg folate; 203 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,322 IU vitamin A; 121 mg vitamin C; 83 mg calcium; 7 mg iron; 620 mg sodium; 685 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (202% daily value), Vitamin A (66% dv), Iron (39% dv), Folate (34% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 5 lean protein, 4 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

Reviews 1

August 16, 2017
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By: Iliana Corey
I followed the recipe and the only thing I changed was using store-bought cornflakes. While the drumsticks were moist and had a good flavor, the coating looked dry and had started to burn (I timed 40 minutes). I wish I had fried them instead. My children were not impressed. I will not try this recipe again.
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