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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


  • 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


  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.


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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327 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. Jazzy Moon

    Thats not very nice. When does a dog ever deserve to be hit much less with a fist

  2. These look great and I’m going to make them tonight. Any thoughts about using a convection oven? How about using parchment paper? The serving size and calorie count don’t make sense to me. One chicken leg is 323 calories? I must be mistaken.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Andy! The nutrition is actually based on 2 pounds of drumsticks, which is generally 6, but they definitely vary in size. The oil adds around 50 calories per serving. We’ve only baked these in a regular oven. Parchment paper should be fine, though we don’t use it here.

      1. Well, we made them tonight and they were a super big hit. My wife, 14 year-old son and I really enjoyed them. We didn’t end up using the convection feature and put them on foil. Super tasty and super easy. This is a keeper! Thanks so much.

  3. I just made up the mix to coat the chicken and there was only enough to coat two large drum sticks.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Jerry! The mix makes up about 5 teaspoons of seasoning, so that’d be pretty heavy handed for just 2 drumsticks. You can always make up more of the seasoning if you like that much, but the nutrition info will change accordingly.

  4. Cynthia Ncube

    Dd mine on 200 degrees Celsius for an hour an grilled for 3 minutes it was realy Glorious

  5. Just popped these in the oven. They smell amazing already! First time cooking with avocado oil. Can’t wait to dig in!

  6. Hi Karly!
    I have all of the necessary ingredients for your recipe, but more than six drumsticks. Would it be okay to cook more than six as long as there is enough room? If so, do I increase baking time?

    Also, can I marinate the chicken with all ingredients, including the avocado oil, and place it in the fridge until ready to bake?

    I appreciate any help you can provide.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Amy! As long as there is room on the pan, you can use as many drumsticks as you like. You shouldn’t need to adjust the cook time or temp, but do increase the seasoning accordingly. And yes, you can definitely season and pop in the fridge before baking.

  7. If smoking is an issue than use Grape Seed oil. It has a much higher smoke point than what’s commonly used .

  8. Byron Sheffield

    Love this recipe this is my third time making this I add extra seasoning to my chicken it comes out so good every time and the flavor is amazing I also season my chicken in the morning before going to work.

  9. Chelle Thompson

    I made this using creole seasoning, added the green herbs and garlic, some black pepper, and put the melted butter in with the herbs. I tossed the chicken in the herbed butter blend and then coated it with ground sorghum wheat.

    1. You made it? Sounds like a totally different recipe to me. I don’t see butter or creole anything on the list if ingredients…

      1. I agree with the person who used Umm as their user name. Chelle, you made a completely differnt recipe.

  10. I made this chicken recipe and it was so delicious. My family and I were amaze. Simple and delicious.

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could add the seasoning in advance and bake them later in the day, yes. 🙂

  11. Susan strohl

    I want to do thighs and legs this weekend. A large batch. Do thighs take 10 or more minutes longer?

  12. Very good! I used EVOO as that was all I had – no problem with smoking. But I might give the avocado a try.

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