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How to Make Baked Chicken Drumsticks

How to Make Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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Make baked chicken drumsticks for a simple and delicious meal that’s sure to be loved by everyone.

This recipe combines savory spices and herbs to create drumsticks that are full of flavor and have perfect crispy skin.

Below is everything you need to know to make these mouthwatering chicken drumsticks.

Why Baked Chicken Drumsticks?

I know chicken drumsticks aren’t the most sophisticated cut of meat, but there are so many reasons why you should have them in your weekly meal rotation.

Drumsticks are not only affordable but also incredibly versatile.

As a mom of three, I can say chicken drumsticks are a great option when cooking meals for young children.

The drumstick fits into little hands perfectly, and young children generally really enjoy the independence that comes with eating a whole chicken leg.

This recipe transforms simple ingredients into a dish that will impress, making drumsticks an appealing option for fuss-free weeknight dinners.

Plus, their deliciousness will have everyone at the table asking for seconds!

Ingredients to Make Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Roasted chicken drumsticks recipe

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Getting the oven hot enough is crucial for that perfect golden crisp.

Mix the spices: In a small bowl, combine the salt, paprika, garlic powder, thyme, sage, and rosemary, and add a pinch of cayenne for a bit of heat.

Prepare the drumsticks: Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels, then drizzle the olive oil over the chicken and coat each piece with the spice and oil mixture. This will create a flavorful crust.

Arrange the drumsticks on a baking sheet, spacing them apart for even cooking.

Bake for 35-45 minutes or until they are golden brown and reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Flip the drumsticks halfway through to help them brown evenly.

Rest: Allow the drumsticks to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serve and enjoy!

What to Serve with Chicken Drumsticks

Pair these delicious drumsticks with mashed potatoes, rice, or roasted vegetables for a comforting meal.

You can even enjoy these with your favorite salad.

You can even experiment with this drumstick recipe by adjusting the spices to suit your taste.

I’ve made them with curry and turmeric for a nice change.

The beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity and adaptability.

How to Store

You can bake chicken drumsticks ahead of time for meal prep to ensure you have a delicious protein option ready throughout the week.

Be sure to allow the drumsticks to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Reheat in your oven or microwave until warmed through.

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 6 servings

Learn how to make crispy baked chicken drumsticks, a perfect weeknight dinner option that's easy and delicious.


  • 12 Chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp, more to taste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • A pinch each of Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme
  • 1 tsp Paprika


  1. Preheat Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Mix Spices and Oil: In a small bowl, combine the salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne, sage, thyme, and rosemary. This mixture will ensure your drumsticks are flavorful and moist.
  3. Prepare Drumsticks: Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels. This step is crucial for achieving that desired crispy texture. Rub each drumstick with olive oil and the season mixture for an even flavor coat.
  4. Arrange on Baking Sheet: Place the seasoned drumsticks on a baking sheet, spaced out to allow for even cooking.
  5. Bake to Perfection: Bake the drumsticks in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes. Flipping them halfway ensures even browning and cooking.
  6. Check for Doneness: The drumsticks are ready when they’re golden brown, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  7. Rest Before Serving: Allow the drumsticks to rest for a few minutes. This rest period helps retain the juices, making your drumsticks even more tender and delicious.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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