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What to Eat When You're Broke - Breaded Italian Drumsticks - Cheap Dinners

Updated on January 1, 2017

Budget Dinners

This is the second in my series of Budget Dinners.

Cooking for a family can be done cheaply without giving up taste. This Chicken only cost me $1.95 for almost 2 pounds. Not bad! It's an easy tasty meal that is easy on the budget! There are tons of meals that can be made with drumsticks. This is just one that I can get my picky toddler to eat.

Chicken is very versatile. There are so many things you can do to it, easily, that you can eat it often.

Drumsticks are one of my favorites in the chicken group. My children like things they can hold. It also eliminates me having to cut up food for my toddler.

Not Bad! Only $1.95 for a pack of drumsticks!
Not Bad! Only $1.95 for a pack of drumsticks! | Source


  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks, About 1 1/2 lbs
  • 1 cup Italian dressing, Any type
  • Sprinkle Season All, Or your favorite seasoning
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs, Whatever kind you have on hand
Italian dressing and Season All
Italian dressing and Season All | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6 people eating one drumstick, 3 people eating 2

Italian dressing on Chicken

Marinade soaking on Chicken
Marinade soaking on Chicken | Source
Breaded Chicken
Breaded Chicken | Source

Italian Drumstick Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. Put all your drumsticks in a dish.
  3. Pour Italian dressing over the chicken. Cover and marinade for 4 to 24 hours.
  4. The chicken should stll be moist from the Italian dressing. Coat your chicken in bread crumbs and place in clean oven safe dish.
  5. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Chicken should have a temperature of 165. Avoid over cooking. Begin checking temp after 20 minutes.
  6. Drizzle Italian dressing over the chicken when done or you can serve it as is.

Other Chicken Marinade Options

Garlic, Basil, oil
Garlic and Tomato Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
Apple Sauce
Buffalo Sauce
Fish Sauce
Soy Sauce
Spicy Mustard
Pineapple Juice

Last minute meal?

Did you make this last minute? No time for marinade? Not a problem. Coating at the last minute will still work though it will lack a bit of extra flavor in the meat. At least try to let it sit for a few minutes.

Quick and Easy Bread Crumbs

If you don't have any bread crumbs on hand they are super easy to make. If you have flavored croutons you can just add those to blender or food processor. If however all you have is regular bread, simply toast it up and add it to the food processor or blender. In the chart below will be things you can add to it in order to create flavor. Remember not to over process your bread. You want it to still have a bit of texture to it.

Home Made Bread Crumb Seasoning Ideas

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Season All
Cajon Seasoning
Chili Powder

How was it?

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Breaded Italian Chicken


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      Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

      If the marinade involves Italian Dressing or Worcestershire sauce, I'm usually game... Sounds great! Hey, if you want an even cheaper version with more tasty chicken, I'd go with Leg Quarters instead, that way you get the leg, thigh and a little back-fat for less greenbacks involved; ha!

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      Amy D. 5 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

      We use chicken all the time, because my kids love it and it's cheap. This sounds really yummy and different from our usual bbq chicken.