Crispy Ranch Drumsticks


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

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, divided

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 8 chicken drumsticks (2 1/2 to 2 3/4 pounds), skin removed

  • 3 teaspoons dried dill, divided

  • 3 teaspoons dried chives, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder, divided

  • 1 ½ 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


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 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 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 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 degrees F, 30 to 40 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise with the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon dill, 1 teaspoon chives and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl. Serve the chicken with vegetables and the dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

522 Calories
31g Fat
21g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 drumsticks, 1 cup veggies & 1/4 cup sauce
Calories 522
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 39g 78%
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Vitamin A 3322IU 66%
Vitamin C 121mg 135%
Folate 135mcg 34%
Sodium 620mg 27%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 7mg 37%
Magnesium 57mg 14%
Potassium 685mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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