Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks
Wayyy....Better Than Wings
From Any Pizza Parlor

This baked garlic Parmesan chicken drumsticks recipe was inspired by a restaurant's dish called, garlic Parmesan wings.  I am pretty sure many of you are very familiar with that dish.  My little one loves it.

The flavor of the dish was great.  But with the grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of the cooked meat just diminished the greatness of the dish, in my opinion.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 Minutes   Inactive Cook Time: 90 Minutes   Serving: 6-8



So, I went back home to try it with some twists.  Instead of adding Parmesan cheese on top of the cooked chicken, I mixed it into the marinade.   It just came out perfect. 

The cheese flavor blended into the meat.  It is more flavorful than adding it at the end.  Besides, the cheese gives an extra layer of crust on the chicken.

But why use drumsticks instead of wings?  I just want to make this a dinner instead of a side dish.  There is more meat and much cheaper.  Do feel free to use the same quantity of wings and marinade ingredients to make your favorite pizza parlor side dish.

Also, I use garlic powder and salt instead of garlic salt, because garlic powder can stand higher cooking temperature in the oven.  And it gives more garlic flavor to the meat.  Garlic salt tends to have a higher ratio of salt instead of garlic powder.

Save The Dripping

Keep the dripping....this is the great stuff. 

As soon as chicken comes out of the oven, transfer to a serving plate.  Immediately add 3-4 lbs frozen California blend vegetables or broccoli into the same roasting pan.  Bake in oven 15-20 minutes.  Turn over and bake another 10-20 minutes until crisp tender. (For more info, click here for the recipe)


Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks - Combine all ingredients in a big mixing bowl to make marinade and/or dressingCombine all ingredients in a big mixing bowl to make marinade and/or dressing
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks - Don't forget ths Parmesan cheeseDon't forget ths Parmesan cheese
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks - Marinade should look like thick pasteMarinade should look like thick paste
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks - Toss to coat chicken and chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnightToss to coat chicken and chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks - Line roasting pan with foil and single layer chicken skin side downLine roasting pan with foil and single layer chicken skin side down
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks - Dinner is ready...dig inDinner is ready...dig in

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Ingredients

4 lbs Chicken Drumsticks (thawed; padded dry)
2 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
2 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Cooking spray


Dressing

Same ingredients as marinade (optional; you can make this dressing and pass around on the table.  It intensifies the flavor of the chicken.  Feel free to double the quantity of marinade.  Save half for use as dressing)

  1. Whisk all seasonings, i.e. garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, parsley flakes and extra virgin olive oil, together in a big mixing bowl
  2. Toss to coat chicken drumsticks
  3. Chill in the fridge at least 4 hours or overnight
  4. Preheat oven at 425F
  5. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up and coat with cooking spray
  6. Single layer drumsticks on the roasting pan; skin side down
  7. Bake for 50 minutes
  8. Turn over drumsticks and bake for another 40 minutes until cooked through
  9. Rest in room temperature for 8-10 minutes
  10. Serve along with dressing (optional)


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