Fried Chicken Drumsticks

One of my favorite foods is KFC and of that getting a fresh original recipe hot out of the fryer (while may reduce your life expectancy) is a true joy for the taste buds to behold. Now KFC is rather pricey and if you’ve ever walked in and asked for a dozen original recipe drumsticks they tend to give you funny looks if not outright laugh at you.

Chicken drumsticks however are always on sale at the grocery store and that got me to thinking.  To that end I tried and failed miserably to recreate the tasty treat by deep frying, pan frying and baking and every combination there of. In both the frying cases the outside burns long before the inside gets to temp, even frying and then letting them bake doesn’t seem to work because it just dries out the outside like leather. I found a new way that I’m going to try and I’ll report back as to how it goes:  This is from




  1. Before frying, boil chicken legs in a pot of water for 10 minutes or until meat is cooked (not red).
  2. In a large saucepan, heat vegetable oil on medium heat.
  3. On a large plate, combine flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, and salt.
  4. Keep beaten eggs in a separate bowl.
  5. Take 1 chicken leg and cover it is flour mixture.
  6. Place the chicken leg in eggs and cover it in egg.
  7. Place the chicken leg back into the flour mixture and cover it again in flour.
  8. Once oil is hot and ready for frying, place chicken leg into the oil for frying.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 for each chicken leg allowing up to 3 legs to fry at one time.
  10. Once legs are fried to a golden brown, remove from oil and place on a double-folded paper towel on a plate.
  11. Allow plenty of time to cool before serving.