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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!

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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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327 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. I really prefer skinless chicken. Will it come out ok if I remove the skin? I understand that they won’t be as crispy.

  2. My kids LOVE these!! Thank you for sharing, they are a good substitute for fast food chicken wings. My son loves junk and he doesn’t eat anything healthy, so I make these with range free organic chicken drumsticks and he can’t get enough I don’t have avocado oil so I use extra virgin olive oil

  3. Mary Greene

    Hello, my daughter sent me the recipe. I followed it just like she said. The drumsticks were soooo good. Very simple recipe to use. My husband and I were so pleased. Will try this recipe all the time. Thanks!!!

  4. Question regarding baked chicken drumsticks.
    I don’t have avocado oil on hand. Is EVOO or canola a possible substitute?

  5. So delicious
    These drumsticks were so scrumptious! Thank you for sharing!! We have a house full of teenage boys, the drumsticks didn’t last long haha! I followed the recipe exactly, no changes at all…and will be making the again and again!

  6. I add 1 tsp sugar to the mixture for a flavour balance; I also bake them on a rack, not flat on a bake sheet! That way, they are crisper & not nearly so greasy! I bake for about one hour at 350oF, turning them over on the rack half way through. Hubby loves them this way & requests them nearly every weekend. I cook enough for more than one meal, freeze the extras for another meal, warm them up in the microwave!

    1. Karly Campbell

      The cook time should stay the same, so long as they all have a bit of space between them to cook on the pan.

  7. Check your drummies at 35 minutes. Have never in my life cooked them this long at this high heat. Can’t even imagine

  8. Hi. I did the recipe as instructed, but I put it the toaster oven instead of a regular oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit because we are only 2 people, but I will double the dosage once this pandemic is over and we can go back to a normal life and have friends and family over. I did only 4 drumsticks and the ingredients were enough. The avocado oil was very good instead of olive oil. You can also try walnut oil or different oils. We loved it. Thank you for this simple and very good recipe. I am going to do it more often

    1. If there’s no flavor you might want to check the age of your spices; I find garlic powder in particular goes bad fast.

  9. Hi idk how but mine were SO over cooked before 40 minutes. I don’t know what happened but next time I’ll start checking at 30-35 minutes. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Hope! Sounds like your oven might run a bit hot or your drumsticks were on the smaller side. Sorry to hear they were overcooked, but yes, just keep an eye on them and pull them out when the internal temp reaches 165. 🙂

      1. Marina Mahmud

        This happened to me too and I’m thinking I need to use more olive oil? And I just marinated in a big bowl so maybe ziploc is better because they can lay flat in the oil rather than it pooling in the bottom of a bowl?

  10. TONY J VAN ZWAREN

    Tried your recipe. It was easy and all the ingredients were ready at hand. Wasn’t sure whether to use hot or sweet paprika but decided to go with sweet. Other than the fact that it took about 50 minutes instead of 40 the recipe came out perfect. My family, which includes a hard to please young son, really enjoyed it.

  11. So good and so easy! Used vegetable oil instead of olive oil and cooked a bit longer once I flipped them to get extra crispy crust. My husband commented twice on how good they were. Will make again! Thank you!!

  12. Hello! So I’m pretty sure I read it correctly but just to clarify, these drumsticks are 323 calories for one right?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Yes, assuming that your 2 pounds = 6 drumsticks. They’re different sizes, of course, but I usually find 6-8 in a 2 pound pack and I calculated on the heavy side. 🙂

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