Oven Baked Drumsticks (Gluten/Grain Free)

by lydia on May 2, 2011

Did you grow up with Shake and Bake? I sure did.

However, in my attempts to have a more wholesome real 100_1550 food kitchen as an adult, I found that making my own breading for chicken was far more tasty, not to mention fresher and healthier. I found this recipe for Oven Baked Drumsticks ages ago in a magazine, though I cannot recall which one. I have since tweaked the recipe a bit to a gluten/grain free version that is also lower carb and a bit simpler to prepare. I love these oven baked drumsticks for all their flavor and the fact that kids just love finger food. The aroma that fills the kitchen when these are baking is heavenly. Be sure to pick the crispy bits off the pan when they are done baking too.

Even if you do not ‘need’ to be grain free you will want to try this recipe.  This recipe is a regular in our repertoire of my kid favorite meals.

Oven Baked Drumsticks (Gluten Free)


  • 4-6 servings
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • approximately 12 pastured chicken drumsticks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter or line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. OR, better yet in your parchment lined baking sheet, I actually use a jelly roll pan, place a cookie drying rack. I have one that just fits my pan. This way when you bake the chicken on it, it will stay crispy on all sides.
  3. Combine, coconut flour, Parmesan cheese, parsley, onion powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl and stir to blend. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add mustard and whisk to blend. Brush the drumsticks generously with the butter mixture, then roll in the flour/cheese mixture, covering completely. Arrange the drumsticks on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake drumsticks until golden brown and cooked through about 1 hour.
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This post contributed to Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, Real Food Wednesday and Gluten Free Menu Plan Monday.


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