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Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Best oven baked chicken drumsticks recipe that's quick, simple, and straightforward. These easy baked chicken legs are packed full of flavor, crispy, and tasty to the bone. Let me show you how to bake chicken drumsticks in the oven with this step by step guide.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British, Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal


  • Oven
  • Baking tray


  • 1 kg (2lb) Chicken drumsticks
  • ½ tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Oil vegetable, olive or sunflower oil.
  • Salt to taste


  • Prepare the chicken - Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Make the chicken drumsticks spice rub - In a small bowl, add the paprika, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, pepper, and salt. Mix well till combined.
  • Add the drumsticks and the rub into a bowl and mix till the drumsticks are covered in the seasoning.
  • Arrange the seasoned chicken legs on a baking tray making sure the tray is not overcrowded.
  • Bake the drumsticks - Put the tray in the oven and bake drumsticks at a temperature of 190C/375F for 20 minutes, flip the drumsticks and bake the other side for another 15-20 minutes then increase the temperature to 200C/400F and bake for additional 5 minutes for crispy skin.
  • Bring the tray out, leave the chicken to rest for 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


  • Season and refrigerate for an hour or more to infuse the seasoning in the chicken.
  • The pepper quantity stated in this recipe is a guide only. Adjust according to your state. If it's not spicy enough to your taste, add more. 
  • It's not necessary but lining the baking tray with parchment paper will make cleaning the tray easier. 
  • Other substitutions for black pepper are cayenne pepper and crushed pepper flakes.
  • For extra crispy skin, increase the oven temperature in the last 5 minutes as stated in the recipe. 
  • You can use the pan juice to make gravy.


Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 20gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 255mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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