One great thing about cooking for two children, instead of one, is that somebody usually eats whatever I make. They'll team up on me someday, and organize a dinner coup (Stroganoff?! MOM!), but for now, I enjoy this two-child effect: one scampers (or crawls) off to play, and the other stays to eat.
And oh, these Whole Wheat Oven-Fried Drumsticks are worth staying for. They're crispy and rich and just a little carb-y, in the satisfying way of lightly breaded things.
Most oven-fried chicken recipes require dredging in multiple bowls (egg + flour, buttermilk + breadcrumbs, etc.) but I find that tedious and unnecessary. This recipe only requires one bowl filled with nutritious whole wheat flour and a little cheese, and the results are super special.
The drumsticks cook long and hot; after the second basting, you're going to worry that you're overcooking them, but soldier on. They're protected under their crusts and can handle a lot of heat.
Crispy and mouthwatering as they are right out of the oven, the cold leftovers are a treat, too. Pack the drumsticks with some raw veggies and fruits, throw down a picnic blanket, and watch your kids get hungry while they search for four-leaf clovers. They'll join you eventually.
Whole Wheat Oven-Fried Drumsticks
Makes 10-ish drumsticks
10 chicken drumsticks, give or take
1 cup stone-ground whole wheat flour
2 Tbls. Parmesan cheese (the kind in the shaker is fine)
1/2 tsp. salt
few grinds black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbls. fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, cheese, salt, and pepper.
Arrange the drumsticks in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and drizzle them generously with olive oil.
Pick up each oiled drumstick, dredge it in the flour mixture, and return it to the baking dish, skin-side up.
Bake 40 minutes, then remove the dish and spoon the drippings over the top of each drumstick.
Bake another 30-45 minutes, removing the dish to baste the drumsticks every 15 minutes.
Remove the drumsticks from the oven, sprinkle them with parsley, and let rest a few minutes before serving.