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Smoky Oven-Fried Chicken

Love fried chicken, but not wild about deep frying? Try baking it instead! These drumsticks are marinated in a flavor-packed buttermilk brine, then dredged in a crunchy mix of panko and cornflakes. After it’s baked to golden brown perfection, serve it with your favorite sides.

by Betsy Carter and Andrew Pollock

Total Time

20 hr 15 min

20 hr 15 min

Prep Time

25 minutes

25 min

Cook Time

50 minutes

50 min

Total Time

20 hr 15 min

20 hr 15 min

Prep Time

25 minutes

25 min

Cook Time

50 minutes

50 min

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 2 cups buttermilk (480 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Smokehouse Maple Seasoning, divided, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ground black pepper, divided
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (50 g)
  • 1 cup corn flakes cereal (30 g), crushed
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 469
    Fat 13g
    Carbs 50g
    Fiber 1g
    Sugar 10g
    Protein 34g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons of smokehouse maple seasoning, the onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper.
  2. Add the drumsticks to the marinade and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on top.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the panko, crushed corn flakes, remaining tablespoon of smokehouse maple seasoning, remaining teaspoon of salt, and remaining ½ teaspoon of pepper.
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Add the drumsticks to the panko mixture and turn until well coated, pressing the breading into the chicken. Set the chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, turning halfway, until golden brown and crispy and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  7. Enjoy!