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Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

This chicken drumsticks recipe is such a fun take on your everyday chicken recipe & it is sponsored by Idaho Potato and LiteHouse Spices. Thank you!


They might remind you a bit of my crispy fried chicken on a stick. It’s mashed potatoes meets fried chicken in one bite! Fluffy mashed potatoes, deliciously seasoned chicken, melty cheese crispy coated on a drumstick rivals anything you’d order at a restaurant.


With this easy-to-follow recipe, you’ll have one of your new favorite chicken recipes that will be on full dinner rotation from here on out. They’re a comfort food that’s simple enough for a casual weeknight dinner but outside the box enough to impress your guests! 

Crispy Fried Chicken Drumsticks

What Makes These Drumsticks Different?

When you think of crispy chicken drumsticks you might be thinking about sinking your teeth into a juicy, succulent, fall of the bone piece of chicken leg. I love a good traditional drumstick as much as the next person, but these are a specialty I like to reserve for when I’m in the mood for something a little different!


They’re seasoned, nicely cooked, and still juicy. The difference is, that the meat is taken off the bone, mixed in with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese, then folded back onto the bone! Once this is done it is then coated in a crispy breadcrumb coating and fried until golden brown.


They are irresistible and so easy to make!

Ingredients for Crispy Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients for Crispy Chicken Drumsticks

  • Chicken drumsticks – Remove the skin. This is one time we’re not after a crispy skin! 
  • SeasoningPoultry spice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. These seasonings will be used for the chicken as well as the mashed potatoes.
  • Oil – For browning the chicken as well as frying the drumsticks.
  • Water – Once the initial browning of the chicken has happened, we add a little water to the skillet to finish cooking the chicken while keeping the moisture in. 
  • Potatoes – You can use whatever your favorite potatoes are for mashing. Both russet and Yukon Gold are great choices.
  • Cheese – Freshly grated sharp cheddar is always a nice flavor addition to potatoes and chicken. Adds a nice salty, sharp note.
  • Flour – You’re going to set up a dredging station. The flour is used to help the egg mixture stick to the chicken.
  • Eggs – The eggs then help the breadcrumbs stick!
  • Breadcrumbs – The breadcrumbs are what give everything that deliciously crispy crunchy coating.

How to Fry Chicken Drumsticks

How to Fry Chicken Drumsticks

Step 1: To start, you want to mash your potatoes. This is a great way to use up any leftovers you have in the fridge. If not, you can boil them on the stove or make Instant Pot mashed potatoes. If using the stove, you can either peel before or after. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes can easily be pierced with a knife. Then mash.

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Step 2: Remove the skin from the drumsticks and season with paprika, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper. 

searing chicken drumsticks

Step 3: Preheat oil in the skillet, add the seasoned drumsticks in, and brown the chicken on all sides until golden brown. Then, add water and cook chicken until it cooks thru, flipping once.

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Step 4: Transfer chicken to a large plate and remove the meat off of the bone. Place it in a mixing bowl along with potatoes and the remainder of the seasoning. Mix everything to combine. 

chicken potato drumstick

Step 5: Next, using wet hands grab a handful of the mixture and flatten it out. Add cheese in the middle and place the chicken drumstick bone over the top. Fold the mixture to form a drumstick. Freeze for 30 minutes -1 hour.

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Step 6: Set up a dredging station. One bowl will have the flour, one will have the whisked eggs, and one with the breadcrumbs. 

Step 7: Reheat the skillet with the cooking oil until it’s hot again. While it’s heating up, carefully, roll the drumsticks in the flour, egg wash, and last, the breadcrumbs. 

Cheesy Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Step 8: Fry the drumsticks in the hot skillet until golden color on the outside, turning few times.

Eat while warm. Enjoy!

Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Tips for Success

  • To make this even more convenient, plan ahead and prepare your mashed potatoes in advance. This way, you’ll have dinner on the table even faster!
  • For a boneless version, discard the bones, and serve these as potato croquettes filled with chicken and cheese.
  • Have a dredging station set up and ready to go to streamline the process.
  • Use freshly grated cheddar as opposed to the pre-shredded packaged cheese. Those packs come with anti-clumping agents which not only taste different, they don’t melt as nicely.
  • Swap the cheddar for your favorite cheese instead.
  • Like a spicier drumstick? Think about tossing in a few red pepper flakes, diced jalapeno, or a bit of hot sauce to the potato chicken mixture.

Fried Chicken Drumsticks

What Can I Serve With This Chicken Drumsticks Recipe?

Since these crispy chicken drumsticks already have a complete meal built right in with both chicken and potatoes in one, all I really serve it with is a light salad or veggies on the side. 

Salads like a Caesar salad with homemade dressing, sliced cucumber in an apple cider vinegar dressing, or a delicious Greek salad are some of my favorites.


chicken drumsticks recipe

Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Love Keil
It's mashed potatoes meets fried chicken in one bite! Fluffy mashed potatoes, deliciously seasoned chicken, melty cheese crispy coated on a drumstick rivals anything you'd order at a restaurant.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Coarse
Cuisine American
Servings 5 drumsticks
Calories 480 kcal


For the Chicken

For Frying Drumsticks


Boiling Potatoes

  • Fill a pot with water and add 2-3 skin-on potatoes and bring it to a boil. Cook potatoes until they are cooked thru, about 20 minutes, peel and mash them (while potatoes are boiling prep the chicken).
    How to boil potato

Searing Chicken Drumsticks

  • First, remove the skin from the drumsticks. After, season drumsticks with 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, poultry spice, salt and pepper.
    How to Fry Chicken Drumsticks
  • Preheat, 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet over medium heat, add drumsticks and brown chicken on all sides until golden brown color (it's helpful to use oil splash protector while searing chicken). Next add water and cook chicken until it's cook thru, flipping once, about 35-40 minutes.
    searing chicken drumsticks
  • Next, remove the cooked meat off the drumsticks and finely chop the meat and place it in a mixing bowl. To the same bowl add mashed potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. And mix it until everything is combined. 
    chicken and potato
  • Now, using wet hands grab a handful of meat/potato mixture into your hands and flat it out, add cheese in the middle and place the chicken drumstick bone over the top. Fold the mixture to form a drumstick. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
    chicken potato drumstick

How to Fry Chicken Drumsticks

  • Next, roll the drumsticks first in the flour, then in the egg wash and finally in the breadcrumbs. Then, fry chicken drumsticks it in the skillet, with 1 inch of hot oil ( I used olive oil), over medium heat until golden color, turning few times. Transfer onto a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with Best Caesar Salad. Enjoy while warm.
    Best fried chicken drumsticks


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Calories: 480kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 32gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 873mgPotassium: 398mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 599IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chicken, mashed potato
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Wow, these drumsticks look phenomenal Love. What a clever and yummy idea, my family would love this. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

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