Crispy Baked Drumsticks with Honey-Mustard Sauce for Two

January/February 2011

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These baked chicken drumsticks are all about the contrast of crispy crunch on the outside and succulent, juicy chicken on the inside. Serve with sweet potato fries and spinach salad.

Crispy Baked Drumsticks with Honey-Mustard Sauce for Two

Makes: 2 servings, 2 drumsticks & 2 tablespoons sauce each

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  • 1/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (about 1 pound total), skin removed, trimmed

Honey-Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon 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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.


Per serving: 299 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 131 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 9 g added sugars; 29 g protein; 2 g fiber; 510 mg sodium; 345 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (20% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

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Main Ingredient
Preparation/ Technique
Healthy Frying

Ease of Preparation
Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Total Time
45 minutes or less
January/February 2011
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