Cheesy Ranch Chicken Drumsticks

I finally way to get my daughter to eat chicken!! She is not much of a meat eater, although she loves hamburgers. Chicken is quite the feat to get her to eat – unless of course it’s pressed together and in the form of a nugget. But chicken on a bone? NEVER.

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Drumsticks

My son, on the other hand, LOVES eating the drumsticks (maybe it’s just a boy thing?), and they’re pretty easy to make. I decided to try something new in an attempt to woo my daughter, and it worked!

A pan with chicken drumsticks

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Drumsticks
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A plate of chicken drumsticks with broccoli

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Drumsticks


  • 8 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 cup of finely crushed Cheez It crackers
  • 1/2 cup bottled ranch dressing


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking dish with foil to prevent sticking.
  • Prepare two small, flat bottomed bowls - one with the crushed cheez its and one for the ranch dressing.
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  • Dip one piece of chicken into the ranch and spread with your fingers to coat.
  • Coat with crushed crackers and place on the foil lined tray. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until crispy and golden, and juices run clear. Serve hot.

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Tender & Juicy Baked Chicken – Perfect chicken every time!

Delicious Roasted Lemon Chicken

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  1. Made this tonight and i completly LOVE just wish the cheese its would have stayed on when i took the first bite. But all in all its amazing thanks ^.^

  2. I’m making these for my family right now 🙂 My kitchen smells pretty yummy! Thanks for the idea!!!!

  3. I made this tonight and bone in chicken takes Way longer than 30 minutes. It took nearly an hour so we had our side pretty much cold and I didn’t even want to eat it after the hassle… I wish I knew to cook it longer and plan my meal like that

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble. I make chicken drumsticks all the time and this is how long it takes us. Unfortunately each kitchen is different.

  4. I made this with Chicken breast’s and white Cheddar Cheeze-Its and it was AWESOME! The wife loved it the kids ate everything and then asked for more! Perfect! I cannot wait to try other flavors.

  5. I tried this and it was interesting. The bottom did not come out good at all because cheez-it got stuck on the aluminum foil. I didn’t really taste ranch (I’m not sure if I was supposed to) either. But most of all, I don’t know why my drumsticks were not well coated after all. 🙁 Any help?!! Thanks for your recipe anyway! 🙂