Gluten-Free “Fried” Drumsticks

gluten free fried drumsticks
Gluten free fried drumsticks photo by Lisa Lewis
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Calories: 600


This recipe was originally published in 2012.

Gluten free “fried” chicken drumsticks are low in fat, since they are not actually fried, and most children enjoy picking up drumsticks and eating with their fingers.

*For Egg-Free “Fried” Drumsticks, mix 4 tablespoons flax meal with 5 to 6 tablespoons hot water. Add more hot water 1 tablespoon at a time if too thick. (Keep it thick and sticky.) Dip drumsticks in mixture and then roll in cracker crumbs.

Yields 3 servings


  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika
  • ½ cup gluten-free cracker crumbs or ground nuts, if tolerated
  • 1 egg*
  • 2 tablespoons water


1Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking oil.

2Remove skin from drumsticks.

3Add spices to crumbs and place in a shallow dish or pie plate.

4Beat egg lightly with water and pour into a second shallow dish or pie plate.

5Dip drumsticks first in the egg mixture. Then roll in crumbs to coat thoroughly. Arrange coated drumsticks on prepared cookie sheet.

6Place in preheated oven and bake about 45 minutes or until done.

2 drumsticks contains 600 calories, 31g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 325mg cholesterol, 925mg sodium, 7g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, sugars, 37g protein.