Picnic Chicken Drumsticks

Picnic Chicken Drumsticks

Serves 4 to 6

Serve these flavorful, buttermilk-marinated chicken legs as a crunchy baked alternative to fried chicken. They're tasty straight out of the oven, or even served cold. For a spin on the breading, use toasted wheat cereal in place of half of the breadcrumbs.

  • 2 cups lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • Canola oil cooking spray
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Purée buttermilk, thyme, salt, pepper, garlic and onion in a blender; transfer to a medium bowl. Add chicken, toss to coat, cover and chill, tossing once or twice, for 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange breadcrumbs, flour and eggs in three wide, shallow dishes. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Working with one piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour, then eggs, and then breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. Arrange on baking sheet, spray all over with cooking spray and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 40 minutes. (For deeper, golden brown color, finish the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes before serving, if desired.)

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:450 calories (130 from fat), 15g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 225mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 37g protein
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