Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks and a Giveaway!

Crispy Lemon Pepper Chicken Drumsticks

by Megan on November 3, 2010

I recently received a box of Progresso’s newest flavor of Panko bread crumbs, Lemon Pepper. Shortly after receiving them, I ran across a  “Must Try”  chicken dish that used Panko Crumbs and I knew it was a sign.

A sign from the Panko Gods.

Panlo Crusted lemon Chicken

The first recipe I found was a Crunchy Lemonade Chicken Drumstick recipe, but of course, I put my spin on it.   These chicken legs were every bit as good as their cousin, the fried drumstick. The bread crumbs give it an effortless flavor  and the perfect crunch.  The large, flaky crumb has a coarser texture than traditional bread crumbs, delivering a lighter, crunchier coating. A great recipe to showcase the flavors of this new product!

parmesan lemon broccoli side dish

Then I wondered upon this side dish from An Edible Mosaic using  bread crumbs and I thought “Bingo! I have my dinner”. Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks with Crunchy Parmesan Broccoli, my way, using the new Panko bread crumbs!. This would also be excellent with cauliflower. It was easy, crunchy, and crazy delicious!

The Giveaway! Contest Closed!

I’m giving away an autographed copy of Michael Chiarello’s new cookbook:  Michael Chiarello’s Bottega and a box of Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs for you to try!

Chef Chiarello is known for his emphasis on creating delicious dishes with fresh, premium ingredients, and he uses panko as his go-to bread crumb for a crunch that won’t quit. An Emmy-award winning TV chef and cookbook author, Michael Chiarello is the tastemaker behind Bottega Napa Valley Restaurant, NapaStyle and Chiarello Family Vineyards, and appears on The Cooking Channel and Top Chef Masters .

“Panko has been a major part of some of my best crunchy dishes for years,” says Chef Chiarello. “It’s exciting to bring those dishes home, where some of the best dining memories are made. To me that’s what cooking is all about – sharing meals with your friends and family, and the memories you get to keep for a lifetime.”

For a chance to win Michael Chiarello’s autographed copy of his new cookbook (Sorry, only US addresses), Just leave a comment on this post.

For extra entrys, you can

  1. Subscribe to my blog (if you are already a subscriber, just let me know!):
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  3. Share it on Facebook and leave me a separate comment.


Contest closes November 10th and I’ll pick a winner by the random number generator on the 11th.

Visit the Progresso website for additional recipes, tips for cooking with panko,  and a coupon for $1 off any panko flavor.

Also, be sure to check out the Progresso’s Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes. Now through December 31st, participants can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Spring Bud Break Party, an annual dinner and wine tasting event taking place on May 7, 2011. In addition to two tickets to the party, the grand prize also includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations. Visit for the sweepstakes rules and entry form.

Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks

Adapted from Noble

2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest, divided
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
3-1/2-4-1/2 pounds skin-on chicken drumsticks
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
Olive-oil cooking spray

  1. Mix 1 Tablespoon lemon zest and all of the lemon juice in a large bowl.  Add 1 cup water and the sugar and whisk to dissolve, then whisk in the buttermilk.
  2. Pierce the drumsticks several times with a fork and season with salt and pepper.  Toss in the marinade, cover and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400o F.  Bring the chicken to room temperature.
  4. Put the Panko crumbs in a large resealable plastic bag and shake to mix.
  5. Set a rack on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  6. Remove the drumsticks from the marinade and drop in the plastic bag, shaking to coat; transfer to the rack.
  7. Mist the chicken with cooking spray.
  8. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes; flip and bake until browned and crisp 35 to 40 minutes more.
  9. Enjoy!

Perfect Wine Pairing: 2008 Noble Pig Pinot Gris

Crispy Parmesan Broccoli

adapted from An Edible Mosaic

(Yield:  2 servings)

1/2 lb broccoli, rinsed, dried, and cut into flat sided bite-size pieces
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 c Panko Lemon Pepper Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs and cheese.
  3. Put the broccoli in a large bowl, add the beaten egg, and toss with your hands to coat.
  4. Sprinkle in the bread crumb and cheese mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Transfer to a baking sheet, flat side down,  and roast for 12 minutes,
  6. Enjoy
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Boring Disclaimer: I was provided with information and a gift pack including one package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of chef Chiarello’s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega from General Mills through My Blog Spark. They are also supplying the additional gift pack I’m giving  to one of my readers. All opinions are 100% mine!

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{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

1 teresa November 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

oh wow, that sounds just fantastic!

2 Krissa November 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

that is awesome… recipe looks so so good…would love the book!

3 RJ Flamingo November 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I’m addicted to panko and I love Michael Chiarello, so I’d love to win this!

That broccoli recipe sounds terrific, too! My mom does something similar with cauliflower, so I think I just added a new variation to my repetoire. Thanks, Megan!

4 RJ Flamingo November 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm
5 Chris M. November 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I have a chance!

6 Erin November 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

I’ve never tried panko but I’d love to give it a try!

7 Erin November 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

I follow in Google Reader.

8 Richard November 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

Going to have to try these crumbs this weekend!

9 Donna November 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Fabulous giveaway!! Thanks for the chance!

The drumsticks look wonderful, by the way!

10 Kerstin November 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

The drumsticks do sound super tasty and crispy! I’d love to check out that cookbook too!

11 Kerstin November 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

And I follow you in reader, of course :)

12 Reeni November 6, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I made this chicken before – delicious! And a version of the broccoli too – one of my favorite ways to eat it.

13 Reeni November 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I’m a follower!

14 Lyndsey November 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Megan, this looks great! You can’t go wrong with panko and Parmesan! I’m trying this, so I hope I can win a box! hehe! Or I’ll just use the coupon.

P.S. I had to laugh at your comment on the clam chowder, I didn’t think you’d believe me about digging up my own clams! ;D

15 Lyndsey November 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I subscribe to you in google reader

16 Lyndsey November 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Just tweeted about your giveaway @lyndzz on twitter

17 Michelle November 8, 2010 at 5:27 am

Sounds yummy! I can’t wait to give them a try!

18 Lyndsey November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I tweeted again this: Check out @MeganPires giveaway Michael Chiarello’s autographed copy of his new cookbook
@lyndzz on twitter

19 elizabeth November 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

This is the first chicken recipe in a long time that has me excited to try it! Sounds really good!

20 Lydia November 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’d love the cookbook but I don’t Tweet or Facebook. I’m just an old lady out of touch with the Tech world.

21 Lyndsey November 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Last of the daily tweets Megan on twitter from @lyndzz

22 Jason's BBQ Adventures November 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Not sure what time zone you’re in or if this counts….but here’s my entry if it will still count!

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