Healthy Tailgating Recipe: Panko Roasted Drumsticks

As I mentioned last week, football is just kind of big around here during football season. Each week, we rotate going to friends’ houses to watch the game or head to the games (if we are lucky enough). I have such a great time coming up with creative ways to make tailgating (and game watching) a little healthier, so everyone  doesn’t feel so stuffed (and guilty) when the games are over. These Panko Roasted Drumsticks are definitely one of my new popular crowd pleasers. They appeal to adults as well as kids, and they are so simple to make. Your guests won’t believe that this recipe is a “lightened up” version of one of their favorite party foods.

Panko Roasted Drumsticks

Cook Time:

22 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


8 servings


2 tablespoons olive oil
11/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
12 large chicken drumsticks (about 21/2 pounds)


1. Preheat oven to 425F. Drizzle oil evenly over a large shallow lightly greased baking sheet.

2. Combine panko, chives, paprika, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl

3. Whisk together Dijon and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl; set aside.

4. Dip drumsticks in Dijon mixture and then in breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat and place on prepared roasting pan.

5. Bake chicken 20 to 22 minutes or until cooked though.

12 thoughts on “Healthy Tailgating Recipe: Panko Roasted Drumsticks”

  1. These look delicious, although I have to say I have never made drumsticks in my life. Today was spent watching my son play football and my daughter play soccer. Tomorrow my daughter has a double header in softball. My poor husband doesn’t get to watch too much football this weekend!

  2. This recipe mentions drumsticks multiple times, but I think you meant drumettes i.e. the drumstick from the wing of the chicken. Drumsticks specifically are the leg portion of the bird connected to the thigh. Tried this recipe using drumsticks, and it didn’t come out that great… Luckily I had twice as much ingredients handy, but had to lower the cooking temp to not burn the panko. It was still okay, but not nearly as crunchy due to the lower temp/longer cook time/higher moisture from the drumsticks.

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