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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Chicken Drumsticks are the easiest way to get dinner on the table quickly! The skin crisps up in the oven, the seasoning is simple and perfect, and the chicken legs come out juicy every time!

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When I roast a chicken it’s a sure thing that my kids are going to fight over the chicken legs. 

I don’t know if it’s because kids just like eating with their hands or if it’s because chicken legs are delicious, but it happens without fail every time.

I don’t roast a whole chicken all that often, since everyone seems to want the legs anyway. I make these baked chicken drumsticks instead and everyone is happy!

My baked chicken drumsticks recipe is simple enough that anyone can do this and it creates juicy chicken, crispy skin, and it’s all perfectly seasoned! You’re going to love this one. Check out our

baked chicken legs on baking sheet

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Legs:

ingredients for baked chicken drumsticks.

Chicken – We’re using skin-on chicken drumsticks here. The skin is crispy and flavorful and helps keep the interior nice and juicy.

Seasoning – You’ll need a mix of smoked paprika (affiliate link), garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper.

Oil – When cooking at higher temperatures, we like to use avocado oil (affiliate link) has a higher smoke point than olive oil. We have had lots of readers use olive oil and been happy with those results as well.

How to make baked chicken drumsticks:

seasoning for chicken legs

These oven baked chicken legs are super simple and the seasoning blend is perfect!

Mix together the spices in a small dish.

Add your drumsticks to a plastic bag or large bowl and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle the seasoning on, seal the bag, and mush things around to coat the chicken.

seasoned chicken in bag

Dump the chicken out onto a baking sheet and bake! The prep work here is so quick!

How long to bake chicken legs:

A close up of a cooked chicken drumstick on a baking sheet

These baked chicken drumsticks only take a few minutes of prep and just about 45 minutes of bake time.

We’re baking these chicken legs at 425 degrees. If our oven isn’t good and hot, the chicken skin won’t get crispy and no one wants rubbery chicken skin! 

The meat should reach 165 degrees in about 45 minutes and then your chicken legs are ready to devour!

What is the best temperature to cook chicken legs?

We prefer to bake our chicken drumsticks at 425 degrees. This allows the chicken skin to crisp up and the interior stays nice and moist. It may seem like a high heat, especially compared to some other recipes but we have thousands have 5 star reviews on this recipe that speak for themselves!

Stacked up chicken drumsticks on a white plate.

What to serve with oven baked chicken legs: 

Broccoli Rice Casserole: Made with cauliflower rice so it’s packed with veggies!

Keto Asparagus: The kids even like this one!

Fried Radishes: They’re similar to a potato when cooked.

Keto Coleslaw: This is my mama’s famous recipe!

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Totally satisfies that mac and cheese craving!

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

These baked chicken drumsticks come out perfectly juicy with crispy skin every time. Kids love them and they're so easy to whip up!

Yield 6 drumsticks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large zip top bag and seal. Smush the chicken around in the bag to coat in the seasoning.
  3. Arrange chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

My kids enjoy dipping their chicken legs in ranch dressing!

Feel free to mix up the seasonings to suit your tastes. Different seasoning ideas are above, in the blog post!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 drumsticks Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 37g

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432 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. Hi Karly, could you help me with the instructions a little bit please?

    On the first step you say:
    “Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.”

    On the third step you say:
    “Arrange chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.”

    I’m confused with this phrase “or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees”. Does this implicate that the temperature falls down once you put the chicken into the oven? Or do you mean we should reduce the temperature to 165 degree?

    As far as I know the temperature will fall down a bit when you open the oven but then it will come back to the previous setting. So when I set the oven at 425 degrees, it will go back to that temperature after I put my cooking in. Could you please help me here so that I can try your delicious recipe? πŸ™‚

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Tessa! The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees. The oven temp will stay around 425 degrees. πŸ™‚

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could brush on BBQ sauce if you like. I would brush on the BBQ sauce during the last 10 minutes or so, otherwise it may burn. πŸ™‚

  2. Donna Stram

    This is a really good, easy recipe. Have done it with drumsticks and thighs. Super reliable and tasty. I cook mine on a rack over a lined baking sheet for even crispier skin.

  3. I make this every week and my son loves it. I add a teaspoon of cajun blend spice and it fabulous and cook at 400 for 40 mins. Cooked all the way thru and juicy

  4. im kind of new to cooking and i don’t have any onion powder, what could i replace it with?

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could really use any spices that you think will taste good. Our mix is just a basic blend of spices, but you can get creative and use whatever you like.

  5. This temp of 425 for 40min cooked my drumsticks (skin on) to over 205 degrees, not sure how you got 165 degrees.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Brian! Sounds like your drumsticks may have been on the smaller side or your oven might run a bit hot. Thankfully drumsticks are pretty forgiving and I hope yours turned out well!

    2. Brian, the recipes clearly states to ‘cook for 40 – 45 minutes OR until the internal temperature reaches 165. Smaller legs would reach an internal temp of 165 faster so would not need a cook time of 40-45 minutes!

  6. SHAWN STAPINSKI

    These are so good. I make them exactly as written.

    Why mess with perfect?!!

    Ha!

    I have several drumstick recipes, this is the fan favorite.

    Shawn

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