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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!

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

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.

baked chicken legs on baking sheet

Seasoning for chicken legs: 

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

seasoning for chicken legs

Just mix together paprika (preferably smoked paprika (affiliate link)) garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper.

The spices are simple and you likely already have them in your cabinet, but they work great together as a basic seasoning blend for chicken and pork too! 

I like to add my drumsticks to a plastic bag and drizzle with avocado oil (affiliate link). Avocado oil has a neutral flavor, a high smoke point, and many of the same nutritional properties as olive oil. I use it here because we’re cooking at a high heat.  

seasoned chicken in bag

Sprinkle on the seasoning and seal the bag. Smush it all together to coat the chicken in the spices and then dump the chicken out onto a greased baking sheet.

How long to bake chicken legs:

A close up of a cooked chicken drumstick on a baking sheetThese 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!

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!

An overhead view of chicken drumsticks spread out on a baking sheet.

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baked chicken legs on baking sheet

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!

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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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320 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Drumsticks”

    1. Karly Campbell

      We do not use a convection oven. If we had, I would have stated that, but a conventional oven is standard so we don’t call it out. 🙂

  1. I love these drumsticks. Today I used boneless skinless thighs instead. I bagged them up with oil and seasoning the night before to enhance the flavor. Cooked for 20 minutes at 425° and they were delicious.

  2. Do NOT sub olive oil. My entire house filled with smoke me and my toddler had to get out for some air. Plus I’m 6 months pregnant.

    1. Whew, thanks for the comment, just changed the oven temp down to 350 and will have to wait longer. You saved my chicken.

  3. This recipe immediately went into my recipe book, everyone LOVED them! I’ve got a family of 6 with picky eaters so having them all rave about how good supper was made this mama heart so happy!
    Thank you!!!
    I will be trying out more of your recipes for sure!

      1. Kara L Foley

        What is a serving size for this recipe? Also is the nutritional info in assuming you eat the skin as well?

        Thank you,
        Kara

        1. Karly Campbell

          Hi Kara! The yield is for 1 drumstick, assuming there’s 6 in your two pounds. The nutrition info will vary slightly if your drumsticks are larger or smaller. The nutrition includes everything included in the recipe, so yes, the skin is counted.

  4. I am making these for a graduation party. Can I keep them warm in a crockpot or will that impact the crispness?

  5. Beth Wilson

    Hi, your recipe sounds wonderful. Thousands of reviews and 4.5 stars! That says something! First of all, thank you so much for sharing this. Secondly, can I use regular CANOLA oil? I have the NON-GMO, canola oil. You mentioned a smoking point. I don’t want to catch my oven on fire. I’m going to use parchment paper too, for easy clean up. Please let me know if I can use Canola oil. I printed our your recipe and watched the video. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you! Beth

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Beth! You can use canola oil…the smoke point just means that the oil will smoke and break down. The oven won’t catch fire. I’m not sure what the smoke point is on canola oil.

      Hope you enjoy the chicken!

      1. Beth Wilson

        I just tried this recipe tonight! 5/4/21. It was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! This recipe is, as the phrase goes, worth writing home about.

        I went exactly by the recipe! Only difference is, I tripled the seasoning. I had 6 chicken legs. My husband loved this too! I used paraffin paper and get this: The juices mixed in with the seasoning and when they “spilled” onto the paper, I was able to literally peel these DELICIOUS BITS off, and eat them! Mmmmmmm mmmmmm!!

        I will definitely be making this again! Thank you again, for sharing this. It is a KEEPER! Yum, yum! 🙂

          1. Hello, super excited to try this recipe! Making it for bff birthday dinner! Can I use olive oil as a substitute? Unfortunately I don’t have avocado oil

          1. Savanna M Stoddard

            And it was a hit,even with my toddlers! Made some rice a roni, corn, and corn bread with it. Definitely will be making this recipe again

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Jane! There’s a video in the blog post that starts auto-playing as you scroll down. 🙂

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