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Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks with a Pretzel Coating

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6


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!


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels*
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Canola spray oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the crushed pretzels, onion powder, oregano, parsley, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Wash the chicken drumsticks in cold water; do not dry them.
  4. Roll each drumstick into the pretzel mixture then carefully transfer each piece to the baking sheet. Do not discard the leftover crumbs.
  5. Lightly spray the drumsticks with the canola oil, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove drumsticks from the oven, then top each drumstick with a sprinkling of the leftover pretzel mixture. Spray liberally with the canola oil, then return to the oven uncovered for an additional 45 minutes. Serve immediately.


  • To create the pretzel crumbs, you can place the pretzels in a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin, or place in a food processor and pulse until a crumb mixture forms.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 90 min
  • Category: Chicken Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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