Oven Fried Buttery Chicken Legs

Wondering how to bake chicken legs? I’ve got you covered with this easy baked drumsticks recipe.

Crispy, crunchy, and fried to perfection right in the oven! This juicy chicken recipe is so easy and kids love it!

My children, man. It’s like they live for pushing my buttons.

They both love fried chicken. Just not from restaurants. Only from home.

I mean, I can relate. Fried chicken from home is pretty much always better than fried chicken from a drive through joint. But, have you guys ever fried chicken at home? It’s messy and it takes for.ev.er.

I keep the kids happy with my oven fried chicken legs.

It’s easy to the max. This is basically just a riff on my oven baked chicken strips recipe that you guys all love like crazy.

Crispy, crunchy, and fried to perfection right in the oven! These oven fried chicken legs are so easy and kids love it!

This is super easy to make, though it might feel a little weird to coat your drumsticks in mayonnaise.

I promise, these don’t taste like mayo. Not at all!

The mayo keeps things super moist and helps the cracker crumbs stick to the chicken.

There is so much flavor in these oven fried chicken legs. You’re going to love this recipe!

Crispy, crunchy fried chicken legs! This juicy chicken recipe is so easy and kids love it!.

Remember my baked ranch chicken? The one with the cheese? Yeah. It’s super popular and gets rave reviews…and it’s also coated in mayo.

So, you coat your drumsticks in mayo and then toss them in some finely ground butter crackers. I use my food processor to crush the crackers, but a blender would work as well.

From there you just coat your chicken by shaking it all up in a bag and then place it on a hot, buttered cast iron skillet or cookie sheet.

The key to this recipe is the buttery pan. You need some fat to make these taste fried and butter is where it’s at!

You can either add a stick of butter to your pan and pop it in your oven while it preheats to melt or you can melt it in the microwave and just pour it in. If you melt it in the oven, just keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to burn.

Chicken legs in the oven are done in about 40 minutes, making this recipe perfect for a busy night. Hope your kids enjoy this drumsticks recipe as much as mine do!

Oven Fried Buttery Chicken Legs

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 50 mins
Serves serves 4-6     adjust servings

These oven fried chicken legs are so easy to make and they turn out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every time!


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups ground butter crackers
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Place the butter in a cast iron skillet or cookie sheet and place in the oven to melt.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the mayonnaise and milk in a shallow dish.
  3. Add the cracker crumbs, garlic powder, and salt to a large zip bag and shake to combine.
  4. Coat the chicken in the mayonnaise mixture and place in the bag.
  5. Seal the bag and shake to coat the chicken in the cracker crumbs.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and place the chicken in the melted butter.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and then flip the chicken over.
  8. Continue baking for 15-20 more minutes or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 707kcal Calories from fat 473
% Daily Value
Total Fat 53g 82%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 247mg 82%
Sodium 644mg 27%
Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 43g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g