Finger lickin’ chicken

This much healthier version of crispy fried chicken is a great family dish – kids will love it. It’s not called finger lickin’ chicken for nothing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinating time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • ¼ cup buttermilk or yoghurt for dairy-free mix together ¼ cup coconut milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup flour gluten-free if required
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt check label if eating gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs
  • spray cooking oil
  • Chipotle mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 smoked chipotle chilli minced (or use ½ teaspoon smoked paprika and 1 chopped red chilli)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Place buttermilk in resealable bag and add chicken, mix well and marinate in fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 185°C. Line a roasting dish or tray with baking paper. Mix flour, celery salt, paprika, sugar and herbs in bowl. Shake off excess liquid from chicken and coat in flour mix. Lay on tray, spray with oil and bake for 15 minutes, then turn drums and cook for further 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked.
  • Mix chipotle mayonnaise ingredients in a jar. Serve drumsticks cold with mayo.


I love to have this finger lickin’ chicken cold with the chipotle mayo on the side (perfect to take in a chiller bag to the beach or on the boat during summer), but it’s also a great dish to have hot. If your kids don’t like chicken with bones in it, make this recipe with chicken tenderloins or cut boneless chicken into nuggets. Or use chicken wings if you’d prefer that.
To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour. For dairy-free, swap out the buttermilk for ¼ cup coconut milk mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.