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Oven-Fried Chicken legs dipped in an egg wash and dredged in a spice-infused panko breadcrumb mixture to create the most finger-licking good Panko Crusted Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks you have ever eaten.

Panko Crusted  Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks in a Cast Iron Skillet on a wooden table.

My husband calls this Out of Control Chicken! Yes, he thinks it is that good! I love when something so simple makes him happy! This recipe is easy, quick, and won’t leave a hole in your wallet either!

This chicken really is AMAZING y’all and it really cooks so fast! Using the drumsticks allow for so much flavor and the meat is tender! Who would have thunk that simple ole drumsticks could be so delicious!

You will find this deliciousness much more often at my house now that my daughter has moved out. She is a no bone-in meat kinda girl. She entertained the thought of no meat all at one time! I almost felt like a failure as a mother lol! Just kidding. But anywho, I used to always have to make her a plain ole chicken breast (it’s really delish too) whenever we ate something so wild as this!


  • Chicken Drumsticks (legs)
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Spices (Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Paprika, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder)
  • Olive Oil
Oven Fried Chicken Legs in a cast iron skillet cooked in butter.

How to make the best oven fried chicken legs

Now y’all get ready for all the hard steps in this recipe (WINK WINK). Not really this is so easy you will be wondering why you haven’t been making this all your life!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

STEP 1 | Prepare skillet or baking dish 

Preheat oven to 425 °.

Place butter in the cast iron or oven safe skillet (You can use a baking dish if you want).

Take the skillet or dish and place it in the oven to melt butter while you coat the chicken. You can also do this on the stovetop. That is how I start my skillet cornbread too!

STEP 2 | Dip in egg wash

Get out two shallow dishes. A pie plate or baking dish works well. Today I just used two 9 X 9 baking dishes. You know what I grabbed first out of the cabinet!

Whisk together the egg and water.

Get those chicken legs all coated in this bath. This prepares them for grabbing onto all those breadcrumbs and holding on.

Chicken Drumsticks in Egg wash in clear dish.

STEP 3 | Dredge in panko parmesan spice mixture   

In the other dish combine your breadcrumbs with the Parmesan cheese and all those delicious spices. Kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and  wait – Oregano you ready for this deliciousness?

I know I am terrible at jokes!! But, I’m joking about how good this is.

Chicken Drumsticks rolled in Panko Breadcrumbs and spices.

STEP 4 | Bake and enjoy

Remove heated pan with all that melted butter from the oven.

Place chicken in (not touching)! They don’t like that. This keeps everything nice and open and ready to get crispy.

Drizzle the olive oil on top. I don’t measure, just a drizzle to make them sizzle! Cook for 25 minutes and then flip and cook for 20 minutes!

I like to sprinkle mine when they come out with a little parsley for color! Perfect Oven Fried Chicken


What are panko crumbs?

Panko bread crumbs are Japanese-style bread crumbs made from white bread and processed into a larger flake rather than a small crumb, then it is dried. This results in a lighter, airier bread crumb that absorbs less grease and stays crunchy and crispy. Perfect for panko crusted chicken!

What can I use instead of chicken drumsticks?

You can substitute, chicken breasts or thighs – boneless or bone-in. Chicken wings will also work for this as well.

What are cook times for other chicken variations?

Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts: Cook 20 minutes, turn over, and cook an additional 20 minutes.
Bone-in Skin-on Chicken Breasts: Cook 30 minutes, turn and cook an additional 20 minutes.
Chicken Wings: Cook 15 minutes, turn over, and cook 15 more minutes.
Just keep in mind cook times will vary depending on the size of the chicken. This is a good rule of thumb. You can always test the chicken’s doneness by using an instant-read thermometer internal temperature of 165°. Also, juices will run clear when the chicken is done.

Can I swap out the butter?

I really love the butter for the base in cooking these oven-fried chicken legs. I have tried vegetable oil and it will work, while the butter really gives you the best results for flavor. I do drizzle the top with olive oil. However, you can use melted butter for this step too.

Up close photo of oven fried chicken drumstick in a cast iron skillet.

Flavor Variations

While I think this is the perfect flavor combination if you want to try other spice combinations, here are a few suggestions:

  • Spicy Baked Chicken – Add a little chili powder or red pepper flakes to the mix.
  • Lemon Garlic Baked Chicken: Lemon pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • BBQ Fried Chicken: BBQ rub, kosher salt, and pepper. You can even add a dash of liquid smoke to the egg wash for more smokiness.
  • Using a bone-in chicken helps keep the chicken moist. However, you can use a boneless chicken with good results.
  • Make sure to coat the chicken well with the crumb mixture. Turn it over while coating and cover all sides.
  • Use a cast-iron skillet if you have it. It will cook more evenly and also helps achieve that crispy oven-baked chicken you are looking for.
  • Leave space around the chicken for the heat to bake on all sides. This gives you a crunchier chicken.
  • Flip the chicken carefully when turning. This keeps the crust in tack. You don’t want to lose any of the crunch!


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Oven Fried Panko Crusted Chicken Drumsticks in a Cast Iron Skillet
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Oven Fried Panko Crusted Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 drumsticks
Author: Nikki Lee
Chicken legs dipped in an egg wash and dredged in a spice infused panko breadcrumb mixture to create the most finger licking good OVEN FRIED PANKO CRUSTED CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS. 
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  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp oregano, dried
  • olive oil to drizzle on top of chicken


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place butter in cast iron or oven safe skillet and put in oven to melt. (This can be done on stove top as well)
  • In a shallow dish whisk one egg and water together.
  • In another shallow dish combine panko crumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano. 
  • Dip the drumsticks first in the egg mixture and then in the panko, pressing to mixture into drumsticks to coat on all sides.
  • Place drumsticks into the skillet of melted butter. Drizzle the drumsticks with olive oil.
  • Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes, turn chicken and bake for 20 mote minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 325kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 10g (3%) Protein: 27g (54%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 165mg (55%) Sodium: 418mg (18%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. Just pulled my first skillet of this recipe from the oven.

    Honey, hush your mouth! Could be the juiciest chicken I have ever put the slobbersmack on.

    It is sooooo good!

    1. Thank you so much, David! I am so happy that you stopped by to let us know you love this recipe! It’s a favorite at our house and is on our menu this week!

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy and delish! The only thing I did different was substitute the bread panko with pork panko (keto). This is the first time I made fried chicken in the oven that actually tasted like fried chicken. I will be making this again and again. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you so much for your 5 star rating! It has made my evening reading this and know you enjoyed the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Really really good. I’ve never cooked drumsticks before so me and my 6 year old did it together in a baking dish instead of a skillet since we didn’t have one and worked out great.

    1. Thank you so much, Courtney! I love that you did this in the kitchen with your little one. Making memories!

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent! By far the best baked panko crusted drumstick recipe on the internet? The spices all come together to create a flavorful bite, no need to add additional spices unless you like spicy/hot. The butter & olive oil creates that perfect caramelization to the chicken. TYSM Nikki for sharing. Our new favorite chicken recipe?

    1. Thank you so much Sandy! I so appreciate you taking time to let us know you enjoyed the recipe! You made my day!

  5. This recipe is so easy and comes together very quickly. The drumsticks were crunchy and flavourful. My son said that this recipe is a keeper! I am thinking of using the same technique for chicken wings and just adjusting the cooking time.

    1. Thank you, Linda! Best compliment when our boys love a dish! I think this crust will work on just about anything! Thank you for stopping by. Hope to hear from you more!

  6. 4 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I add a little Tony’s to the crum mixture and a tad less water in the egg wash for better sticking. This chicken almost rivals my Tennessee Crispy Fried Chicken, and it’s so quick and easy…you can make on a week night!

  7. 5 stars
    This is the first recipe that I’ve ever used with Panko. The drumsticks ? are absolutely so moist, tender & absolutely scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll continue to use it & tell others, as well!???

  8. So so good! Would like to make a few hours early for a large gathering – Any suggestions on the best way/temp to reheat?


    1. The best way I have found is to remove the chicken from the fridge for about 10 minutes while the oven preheats to 400. Then place on a baking rack placed on a baking sheet. Cook for about 10 minutes for drumsticks.

  9. 5 stars
    So delicious! Crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. This will definitely be made on repeat!

  10. This is a great recipe and our family rated it “top notch”! I did make a small variation: I marinated the chicken in yogurt overnight in the fridge and then proceeded with the recipe. Also, I didn’t shake off all the yogurt when I prepared it the next day for baking and found it added great flavor to the chicken.

    1. You can! Just check internal temperature for doneness depending on the size you may need to cook a little longer.