How to make mock chicken legs is here! with a crispy cornflake outside and tender inside on a popsicle stick, it’s a snack kids just love. You can bake them in the oven or make fried chicken legs in oil for a really crispy version.
If you’ve ever tasted this and wondered how to make mock drumsticks it is easier than you might have thought. This is kinda’ one of our chicken leg recipes but yes it is different than the bone in type you would anticipate. If you like a tweak to the traditional give these a whirl. (affiliate links present)
Mock Chicken Leg Recipe
Ok so maybe you heard this term and wondered what it was all about. Where did mock chicken leg originate? Well it is said to have started in Pittsburgh when butchers combined cubes veal and pork or sausage together. Mixed together in a sort of meatloaf style mixture with egg and milk it was formed to look like drumsticks.
I suppose they could have formed it into balls and done the same thing but with a stick baked inside it is more fun to eat for sure this way. You could easily swap out ground turkey or chicken out for one of the two described here and the seasonings would be up to your preferences too. Ours are listed below that work well for us.
First you’re going to make your base, that would be with the meat and some binder. Cornflakes were used this time but you could easily swap out for some seasoned breadcrumbs if you wanted to. For a dairy free alternative almond milk, plain, would be just fine instead of “regular”.
Mock Chicken Drumsticks
Now you won’t be able to boil chicken legs made this way because they were kinda’ fall apart. Instead the best way to get them crunchy but cooked all the way thru is to fry and then bake in the oven. You want both steps to get the right texture overall.
- Some ground sausage
- Ground veal or ground chicken
- 2 tbsp bell peppers diced
- Cornflakes crushed
If you don’t have cornflakes there are several alternatives such as crushed crackers like Ritz, Panko, or even crushed Kix cereal would work. It’s just a binder to soak up some of the moisture and stiffen it up sorta speak.
How to Cook Breaded Mock Chicken Legs
You are going to want a skillet, I love cast iron, or pan and a baking sheet as well for these. Use parchment paper for an easier cleanup and a splatter screen when you’re using the oil. You wouldn’t need to add the stick but if you do it can be picked up easily. With kids it makes it more fun this way.
- Combine 1/2 cup cornflake crumbs, salt, green pepper, egg and milk in a bowl.
- In a large bowl break up ground pork and veal on top of mixture.
- Begin mixing with a spoon and continue to mix with your hands, until mixed well. Set aside.
- In a separate shallow bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk well. In another shallow bowl, add cornflake crumbs.
- Heat 1/4″ of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Shape 1/4 cup of the meat mixture into a 3″ log and wrap the meat around the popsicle stick. Coat each leg in crushed cornflakes or bread crumbs.
- Then coat in the whisked milk and egg mixture and return to the cornbread crumbs for a second coat. Let legs stand for 5 minutes.
- Fry legs, a few at a time, for one minute on each side or until browned on all sides and golden brown
- Place onto baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 15-20 minutes.
This will take you about 45 minutes start to finish…… And then you can use our dipping sauce for chicken wings for extra pizazz at the end. If all you have is ketchup and Ranch dressing you can just go with those, and a 3rd with the 2 mixed together. 😉
Mock Chicken Legs with Gravy
And then there is a 4th a lot of people like, chicken gravy!! So you aren’t going to have drippings necessarily to make this from scratch but you could use broth instead. In a pinch I keep a can or container of the store bought version in my pantry for times like this too. With kids you can’t have too many dip dip dippers……
Does Mock Chicken Taste Like Chicken
Kind of, more like chicken nuggets with ground chicken would. I mean it is made from ground meat so the texture is different. If you have leftovers you can save them but you will want to wrap each one in foil, then into the fridge for up to 3 days. It is best if you air fry them when reheating. A few minutes on each side at 380 F or so will do it.
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Mock Chicken Legs
- 1 skillet
- Combine 1/2 cup cornflake crumbs, salt, green pepper, egg and milk in a bowl. Crumble sausage and veal on top of mixture. Begin mixing with a spoon and continue to mix with your hands, until mixed well. Set aside.
- In a separate shallow bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk well. In another shallow bowl, add cornflake crumbs. Heat 1/4" of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Shape 1/4 cup of the meat mixture into a 3" log and wrap the meat around the popsicle stick. Coat each leg in cornbread crumbs. Then coat in the egg and milk mixture and return to the cornbread crumbs for a second coat. Let legs stand for 5 minutes.
- Fry legs, a few at a time, for one minute on each side or until golden brown. Place onto baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 15-20 minutes