Zesty Parmesan Crusted Oven Fried Chicken

These chicken drumsticks looked like they were deep fried; crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside.  These babies were coated with parmesan coating mixture then baked crisp to perfection.    A great recipe for people who like the crispiness of deep fried chicken without all the oil or guilty feeling.   The great thing about these chicken drumsticks?  They are easy to prepare and with minimal clean up.  Prepare them, bake them and forget about them for at least an hour or so.  All you need to do afterwards is to wash the baking dish. That’s it!  How easy is that?



This recipe has been one of my family’s favorite dinner chicken recipe for many years.  Thanks to my dearest friend, Juliet Shirey for the inspiration.   The coating was a store bought.  But, instead of using an already prepared coating from a box, I decided to make my own and I have been using it ever since.   When my family opt for something fried, I try to compensate by making them something a bit lighter than the deep fried chicken; oven fried chicken that is.  I haven’t made this in a while, so tonight is the night.



My son, Justin anticipated the chicken with great enthusiasm and was so happy when it was finally cooked.  Look at how moist the chicken is. The meat was so tender  it literally fell off the bone when you bite it.

I hesitated cooking all the 11 pieces of chicken because I didn’t want to have leftovers, but my mistake.  Justin wanted more and I made just enough for all of us.  So, I ended up cooking the other five pieces and I was quite surprised when my son waited for an hour and a half minutes (the chicken drumsticks were larger than the first batch) to have his seconds without any complaints.


  • 6 – 11 pieces of chicken drumsticks, chicken wings, or thighs**
  • 1 1/2 cup unbromated, unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons Weber Zesty Lemon Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons regular paprika or smoked paprika (optional)
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil


Preparation Methods:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • For easy cleanup, combine flour, parmesan cheese, zesty lemon seasoning, paprika, and black pepper in a large Ziploc bag.  Shake to incorporate. Set aside.
  • Wash the chicken thoroughly.   Lightly season with kosher salt then add two pieces of chicken at a time to the flour mixture in the Ziploc bag.
  • Coat well with the flour mixture then place in a glass baking dish lightly coated with Pam’s “grilling” oil spray.
  • Drizzle each chicken with olive oil.
  • Bake for one hour and twenty minutes or to your desired crispiness depending on your oven.
  •  Serve with ketchup as dipping sauce. Believe me, ketchup is a very good complement for the oven fried chicken. Simple but great and tasty combination.  Just try it. 🙂

**Note:   Chicken wings cook faster than the drumsticks and thighs.  Please adjust cooking time accordingly. You can double or triple the recipe called for a larger crowd.    Bon Appetit!


You can add chopped, fresh or dried rosemary in the flour mixture or garlic powder.

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15 thoughts on “Zesty Parmesan Crusted Oven Fried Chicken

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  2. Anna, This is an easy, healthy recipes for families. Nice work! No wonder your son waited over an hour for seconds. Also, I like that you credit others for recipe inspiration. I always do the same. It is hurtful when others simply “piggy back” of ideas and offer no credit to others. The beauty of sharing recipes is that we can be inspired by others – and connect with them through food. You are a wonderful cook and a great lady. Keep it up. 🙂 Best – Shanna

    • Yes, very easy and simple, but yet so delicious recipe. I am sure your family would love it. I was quite surprise myself. Children are normally very demanding, especially when it comes to food and eating time. When they are hungry, they want food….immediately! 🙂

      You are right, Shanna. It is hurtful when someone take your ideas and make it look like they originally created the recipe. It happened to most of my recipes. I’m flabbergasted that people will actually do such a thing. They’re probably thinking you would not know. But, I do know. That is why I put a note at the very top of each of my posts for them to see. If this doesn’t warn them, then they are really brazen. No regard for people who work very hard to put the recipe together. Even then, I wish them the best. I am sure God will give me more ideas. He never runs out of them anyway. 🙂

      • Hi, Anna. Yes, you are completely correct about kids. When they are hungry, it is a very strong feeling and they want food immediately! As for your “warning,” I am glad that you put it there. Bloggers should definitely share ideas – and credit those who inspire them. It is a lovely way to form relationships, plus it is simply fair and just. Have a lovely weekend! I hope you are feeling well! 🙂 Warm wishes to you and yours.

      • Yes, I completely agree with you, Shanna. It’s suppose to be a way to form a relationship between bloggers. But, I guess not all bloggers share the same principle. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the visit. Have a fabulous day! The sun is out today. A perfect day to do errands. I’ll catch up with you later. My son, Justin is up and asking for homemade pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup for breakfast. Take care, Shanna. 🙂

  3. Thank you for creating this recipe Anna, my kids love fried chicken and this is a healthier version and looks a lot better than the store bought one, I enjoyed using my new toasters oven and this recipe will be included on the list of my menu for my family! Gracias mi amiga! 🙂

    • My pleasure, Juliet. You inspire me to make my own for the same reason it’s way better than the store bought one because there are no added preservatives. You make it only when you need it. I appreciate you for penciling in your thoughts on this. Thank you for visiting again. 🙂

    • I apologize for my delayed response, Juliet. It’s great you stopped by. It’s my pleasure. You inspired me to create a homemade version and it’s what I use since. It’s definitely better than the store-bought one. Thank you for including this on your go-to list of recipes. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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