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Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven

Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven

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Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven
Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven


Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

This is the easiest and best way to make great baked chicken. Thoroughly pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels, then coat them with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. We like to add a little fresh chopped rosemary as well, but you can substitute fresh thyme or oregano. Bake the chicken on a wire rack on an aluminum-foil-lined sheet pan so that hot air can circulate, creating crispy skin on all sides of the chicken.



  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Dry chicken legs thoroughly with paper towels. Toss together chicken legs and olive oil in a large bowl. Stir together salt, pepper, and rosemary in a small bowl. Sprinkle salt mixture over chicken legs, and toss to coat.

  • Line a half-sheet pan with aluminum foil, and spray with cooking spray. Set a wire rack in prepared pan. Arrange chicken legs in a single layer on wire rack.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of chicken leg registers 165°F, 35 to 40 minutes. Let chicken stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.


Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Fried chicken is often a family favorite but can be an involved and messy process. These oven-fried drumsticks simplify the method without sacrificing flavor. They’re ready in about an hour and come out of the oven just as crispy and juicy.

The flour is seasoned with paprika and poultry seasoning, along with a little curry powder for an interesting twist. The chicken is coated with the seasoned flour, placed on a baking sheet with melted butter, and then cooked to crispy perfection in a hot oven. The recipe works with chicken thighs (on the bone) and whole chicken legs (hindquarters), too.

Bake these drumsticks for an easy and inexpensive weeknight meal. Serve them with macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, or any of your favorite veggie sides. They are also great cold or at room temperature, and the recipe is easily scaled up or down.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 20 to 24 chicken drumsticks

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.

Heat the oven to 450 F/230 C. Line two 9x13x2-inch baking pans with heavy-duty foil.

In a food storage bag, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, curry powder, and poultry seasoning.

Cut the butter into pieces and place half (1/4 cup) in each foil-lined pan. Put the pans in the oven to melt butter. (Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.)

Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour mixture, shaking about three legs at a time in the bag.

Place the chicken in the melted butter in the prepared pans.

Bake the drumsticks for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until tender and nicely browned. Serve and enjoy.


  • Have the seasoned flour mixture and chicken ready to go before putting the baking pan with the butter in the oven so you can watch the butter carefully to be sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Unsalted butter is the best choice because it does not burn as easily at high temperatures. If you use salted butter, the kitchen may become smoky.


Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven
Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven


Recipe Variations

How to Tell When Chicken Is Done

Visual cues, such as looking for meat that is no longer pink and “until the juices run clear,” are unreliable ways to know when chicken is properly cooked. Instead, use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the chicken’s internal temperature before removing it from the oven. According to the USDA, the safe minimum temperature for chicken is 165 F/74 C. While that applies to all chicken, it’s actually best to cook dark meat (thighs and drumsticks, collectively the leg) to 175 F to 180 F because this softens the connective tissue.

Can You Overcook Chicken Drumsticks?

Drumsticks have more fat than the white meat parts of the chicken, such as the breasts. That makes it easier to avoid overcooking drumsticks and result in moist, flavorful meat.

Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Chilli Drumsticks


3 quarters teaspoon cayenne
lemon, wedges (to serve)
1 half cup parmesan, grated
5 millilitres canola cooking spray
1 thirds cup mayonnaise (to serve)
1 egg yolk
1 thirds cup chilli sauce (plus extra to serve)
1 and 1 half cup panko breadcrumbs


Step 1
Line a large roasting pan with foil and place rack into the pan.
Step 2
Pat chicken dry with paper towel. Mix chilli sauce with egg yolk. Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan and cayenne in a shallow bowl. Brush chilli sauce mixture over chicken, then coat with crumb mixture, pressing on firmly. Chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
Step 3
Preheat oven to 220°C. Lay drumsticks onto rack in pan, leaving space between so air can circulate. Spray well with oil. Roast for 40 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, or until chicken is browned and cooked through. Serve with extra chilli sauce, mayonnaise and lemon.

Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Flavoring options

Don’t be afraid to mix up the marinade on these drumsticks. Use the same marinade as our grilled chicken sandwich, and replace the lemon with lime and add some chili powder. Skip the soy sauce and add a little extra salt and taco seasoning, or go for a sweet bbq profile with bbq sauce, honey Dijon mustard glaze, and a little olive oil to thin it out. Add a little heat with sriracha, chili garlic paste, or your favorite hot sauce. When they’re hot out of the oven, pair with an herby chimichurri.

Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven
Chicken Drumstick Recipes Oven


Prep tips

The joy of a marinade is that you can prep the chicken whenever you have the chance and then when you are ready to cook the chicken is too:

Make the marinade the night before, and toss with the chicken. Let the drumsticks sit in the refrigerator overnight.

If you’re hoping to save a few calories and grams of fat by removing the skin, follow these simple steps. Loosen the skin from meat slightly to make sure the marinade gets under the skin. Cook as directed and remove the skin after cooking.

(Note that the skin provides moisture and flavor during baking and protects the skin from drying out. If you’re set on removing the skin before cooking, cover the pan with an aluminum foil sheet to keep the meat from drying out.)

Cooked drumsticks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven to help re-crisp the skin.

How long to bake chicken legs

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 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!


  • 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.

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks


  • Small dish
  • Baking Pan


    • 6 chicken drumsticks
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil


    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • In a small dish, mix garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • pour olive oil into a 13 x 9 baking pan and coat the entire bottom of the pan.
  • Rub seasoning mix onto all the drumsticks and place in the baking pan. Don’t let them touch.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turn drumsticks 1/2 way and bake another 30 minutes. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees F when done.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg



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