My husband and I are obsessed with fried chicken. It’s not a healthy obsession and neither is it an obsession that one can be proud of. However, we do go to great lengths to seek out the best fried chicken. As much as we love it, I never fry chicken at home. Fried chicken, I figure, is best left to the experts. We do, however make these deviled chicken drumsticks from time to time. Though not quite fried, they do hit the spot. They are crunchy and pack a punch when they are hot out of the oven. Serve cold or at room temperature for a picnic. Little hands will love picking these drumsticks up and gnawing at them.


12 chicken drumsticks

1/2 cup Dijon mustard (for kids you can use mayo if the mustard is too spicy for them)

1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne (omit or add less for kids)

4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 450F with the rack placed in the top third of the oven
2. Coat chicken with mustard (or mayo) till evenly covered
3. Mix panko breadcrumbs, cheese, cayenne (if using), salt and pepper. Pour melted butter over mixture and combine well
4. Dredge the drumsticks in the coating and arrange well-spaced on a well-oiled baking tray
5. Roast 30-35 minutes till chicken is browned and cooked

This is a guest post from our friends Simran and Stacie at a Little Yumminess. Be sure to visit their blog for more fab, kid-friendly recipes!