Delicious crispy baked chicken drumsticks made with a homemade pretzel and spices coating which makes the crispiest chicken legs on the block – no frying needed!
Did your mom ever make you shake and bake style chicken or pork chops when you were a kid? My mom did, and I loved that crispy topping that kept the meat extra moist and gave it tons of flavor. I’m sharing with you today a crispy baked chicken drumstick recipe that uses pretzels in place of bread crumbs in a homemade shake and bake! It’s a fun twist on a classic and you are going to love the results.
You all know I love bone-in chicken. It doesn’t dry out, my kids love it, it’s inexpensive, and it’s so versatile. My super simple baked chicken legs are one of the most popular posts here on Bless this Mess, so I know you all love chicken legs, too. I also like that they can be served year-round. You just change up your sides to go with the seasons! These crispy drumsticks go with just about anything.
Here’s what I’d serve with Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks based on season:
Summer: I’m all about simple and seasonal in the summer. I’d serve this with fresh green beans, corn on the cob, and some watermelon. If I’m wanting to make the meal go even farther, I’d make one of my 8 favorite pasta salads to go with it! Homemade dark chocolate and peanut butter ice cream for dessert, no questions asked.
Fall: No-knead bread is always a favorite in the fall at our house. It smells like home with so little work. I’d also serve it with a fall side salad and some roasted Brussels sprouts. Extra thick pumpkin cake for dessert or sliced apples and our favorite caramel dip.
Winter: The best butter biscuits or sweet potato biscuits OR baked potatoes on the side with a winter salad and some roasted butternut squash (mashed with butter and salt). For dessert, we’d make snow ice cream or have our forever favorite chocolate chip cookies.
See? So easy to make one main dish a seasonal meal by changing up the sides that go with it.