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The drumsticks served on a plate.

Spicy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Spicy chicken drumsticks recipe that is easy, quick, and simple. These spicy chicken legs are packed full of flavor, tender, juicy inside, and crispy on the outside. It is baked in the oven and is ready in 40 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 5
Calories 220 kcal


  • Baking tray


  • 1 kg (2lb) Chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Bouillion powder Optional
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce optional


  • Wash and pat dry. If you don't wash your chicken just pat dry with a paper towel and add in a bowl. 
    Add the ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt to the chicken. Mix well till combined. 
    If you have the time, cover the bowl with clingfilm, put it in the fridge to marinate for an hour. If not continue to the next step below.
    all ingredients added in a bowl.
  • Arrange the marinated drumsticks in a single layer on a baking paper-lined tray and put the tray on the middle shelf of the oven.
    Set the oven temperature to 200C and bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes or till done. It's fine if you don't have baking paper. It just makes cleaning the baking tray easier. 
    thechicken legs arranged on a baking paper lined baking tray.
  • Bring out of the oven, leave to rest for 5 minutes then serve. 
    spicy chicken drumsticks served on a plate.


  • Don't forget to immediately clean all tools used to cut or clean the raw chicken.
  • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel before adding the marinade.
  • Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes if you have the time. 
  • Line the baking tray with baking paper for easy clean up of the tray after cooking.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer so they bake evenly.
  • Substitute cayenne pepper for black pepper, chili, crushed pepper flakes, or sriracha sauce. Also, you can adjust the quantity of pepper to how hot you like it.
  • You can make these spicy chicken drumsticks in the air fryer.
Nutrition info is approximate only and may contain errors.


Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 24gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 314mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 299IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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