Looking for an inexpensive, easy, and delicious dinner idea? These Buttermilk Baked Chicken Drumsticks have your name written all over them!
My 7-year-old loves fried chicken legs and has been requesting them lately. Our usual source is the grocery store deli department because I’m sure as heck not frying chicken at home. That’s way too messy, and I’m way too weary. Often times, the chicken in the deli looks like it has been under the lights a little too long, and who knows how quality it is even when fresh.
I’m not one to deny a craving, so I needed to get some drumsticks into the kid in a fresher, healthier way. I had been wanting to combine buttermilk and chicken anyway, so these juicy buttermilk baked chicken drumsticks were the result. This chicken dish couldn’t be easier to prepare and makes for a very inexpensive dinner. My chicken-craving son couldn’t stop talking about how much he loved these, and the rest of the family enjoyed them too. Serve them up with your favorite sides and dig in! (Shown here with Garlic Green Beans with Mushrooms and Potatoes.)
- 8 chicken drumsticks or other bone-in chicken pieces
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
1. Pour buttermilk and cajun seasoning into a gallon zippered plastic bag or a large sealable container. Add chicken pieces and roll around to make sure they are evenly coated with the seasoned buttermilk. Store in refrigerator for 2-24 hours until ready to cook.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Add 1 tbsp. of butter to a 9 x 13″ baking dish. (Line dish with foil to make cleanup easy.) Place pan in hot oven until butter is melted.
3. Carefully remove pan from oven, and swirl butter around until pan is evenly coated. Lift drumsticks out of the container, and allow excess buttermilk to drip off before placing chicken in pan. Arrange pieces in a single layer. Place a small pat of butter (about 1/2 tsp.) on top of each piece of chicken.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. (If you are using larger pieces of chicken than drumsticks, you will need to increase cooking time.)
To get the skin extra brown and crispy, turn on the broiler for the last few minutes of cooking. Only do this if you are using a broiler-safe pan (Pyrex is not).
- Prep Time: 240
- Cook Time: 45