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Pretzel-Crusted Drumsticks

The first time I fixed this effortless main dish for guests, I received plenty of recipe requests. With their pretzel coating, these drumsticks seem to satisfy everyone’s appetites. I’m sure you’ll agree, they’re yummy! –Joann Frazier Hensley, McGaheysville, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup finely crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds chicken drumsticks


  • In a shallow bowl, combine the butter, cayenne and garlic powder. In another shallow bowl, combine the pretzels, pecans and pepper. Dip chicken in butter mixture, then roll in pretzel mixture.
  • Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a thermometer reads 180°, turning once.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 409 calories, 30g fat (14g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • shannondobos
    Apr 24, 2019

    This recipe is fantastic! The coating was so crunchy and had a sort of sweet/salty flavor because of the pecans. I used the food processor to fully blend the pecans and pretzels so they would adhere really well. The only thing I would change next time is to cut the cayenne. One tsp of that is A LOT and the heat was a bit too much for the kids. I, on the other hand, loved it!

  • s_pants
    Sep 30, 2016

    Didn't get the pretzels crushed up enough so it didn't stay on the chicken. But it had a good flavor!

  • klesinski
    Jun 22, 2014

    I accidentally added the cayenne pepper and garlic powder to the crushed pepper mixture. Still was very good!

  • DrDoom77
    Jan 2, 2013

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  • spiceygas
    Nov 4, 2012

    Much better than I expected. The texture was good and it had a unique flavor. The pepper can be tasted a fair amount more than I expected.

  • Kim Voisin
    Jan 17, 2012

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  • tcarver
    Dec 26, 2011

    The whole family loved this one.

  • Sahn
    Mar 30, 2011

    Easy & delicious!

  • chilipepper99
    Aug 12, 2008

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  • GingerLily
    Aug 12, 2008

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