Panko Crusted Parmesan Drumsticks

Panko Crusted Parmesan Drumsticks

When that craving for something crispy, crunchy, and fried hits, what's a girl to do? I have little self-control when it comes to anything fried, so after indulging, regret usually sets in and I wish I had something healthy instead - like a salad! Isn't it funny how that works? In order to want something healthy, I have to eat something not so healthy. I guess it's my way of saying sorry to my body? Hahaha! Anyway, fried-anything is horrible to eat, unless you use healthy fats to fry with, such as coconut oil, but I have yet to go to those lengths, so on to the next best thing - baked!

Panko Crusted Parmesan Drumsticks

Here's an easy recipe that will allow you to cure your fried chicken cravings; they may not be saturated in all that deliciously yummy fat and oil, but that's the goal, right! Since these are a healthier option, help yourself to as many pieces as you want, without the guilt.

Panko Crusted Parmesan Drumsticks

If you're not familiar with panko, they are japanese-style breadcrumbs that are light and airy because they are made from bread without crusts. They remain crisper longer because they don't absorb a lot of grease. That is why they are also great for deep frying.

Panko Crusted Parmesan Drumsticks

So, the fun part - let's dive into the recipe! I'm getting hungry just typing this (I think it's time for lunch)! Thankfully I have these in my refrigerator from last night. These are great for re-baking because they will crisp back up in a few minutes. So, a big batch and leftovers is a good thing!

Panko Crusted Parmesan Drumsticks

Servings: 5

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 45 mins

Total time: 1 hr


  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the eggs and water into a flat dish and beat until well combined.
  3. Place all dry ingredients into a flat dish and mix well.
  4. Individually coat drumsticks with egg mixture, then with dry mix and press firmly to help it stick. Coat drumsticks a second time with egg mixture, then dry mixture. Set on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Evenly drizzle olive oil over top. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Watch closely after 30 minutes as the crust will start to brown. Remove once it is golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy with a side salad and brown rice!

I hope you get to try this recipe - it's so simple to make. Set it and forget it. I love baking because it's so effortless and all of those delicious flavors get concentrated into the food. There's also less cleanup to do - who doesn't love that! If you want to pair this with a salad, try my Japanese Salad Dressing inspired by a favorite restaurant of mine back home (seen in the photo). It tastes utterly delicious paired with this recipe. To happy tummies everywhere! Enjoy : ) 

xo stina