Baked chicken drumsticks are an easy dinner that takes less than an hour to make! The chicken comes out amazingly juicy, has crispy skin, and is full of flavor. This is sure to be a dinner recipe that the entire family will enjoy!
If you're looking for a quick and delicious chicken dinner recipe, then you are in the right place! These baked chicken legs come together very easily. Simply season the chicken, let it marinate, and bake it in the oven!
This recipe is made with delicious spices and seasonings, that you likely already have in your pantry. The chicken legs come out juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. You can also make this recipe using chicken thighs!
Here's what you'll need for chicken drumsticks baked in the oven:
- Chicken Drumsticks: Chicken legs are considered dark meat, and have more fat than white meat. This results in more flavor, and juicer chicken.
- Seasonings: The seasonings in this recipe are very simple. I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and oregano.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Great for adding an extra layer of flavor, and pairs really well with chicken. Alternatively, you could also use soy sauce.
- Olive Oil: Adds some healthy fat, and is great for marinating chicken.
How to make baked chicken drumsticks
Step by step instructions:
- Add the chicken, seasonings, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce to a large freezer bag.
- Seal the bag shut, and shake the bag to ensure that the chicken is evenly coated with the seasonings.
- Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the freezer bag, and arrange it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Bake uncovered, flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
Best oven temperature to bake chicken legs
I recommend baking chicken legs at 400 degrees, as it results in a crispier skin on the outside of the chicken.
At 400 degrees, the inside of the chicken will still be juicy. Just be sure to flip the chicken over halfway through the baking time.
How long to cook baked chicken drumsticks
Baked chicken drumsticks take about 45 minutes when baked at 400 degrees. This cooking time is typically the same when baking at any temperature between 350 and 425 degrees.
Keep in mind that cooking times will vary by oven. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
What to serve with
Chicken drumsticks would be great served with steamed vegetables, salad, or any of these side dishes:
- Broccoli Cheese Casserole
- Soul Food Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey
- Air Fryer Garlic Green Beans
- Steamed Carrots
Storing and reheating leftovers
This recipe is great for meal prep and eating leftovers because it keeps well in the fridge. Leftover baked chicken legs may be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated up to 4 days. To reheat, simply microwave individual servings until they are heated through.
More easy chicken recipes:
- Air Fryer Cornish Hens
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenderloins (No Breading)
- Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Wings
- Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken - (Keto Friendly)
- French Garlic Chicken
Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Baked chicken drumsticks made with simple ingredients. These chicken legs come out deliciously juicy and full of flavor!
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks, (about 5 - 6 drumsticks)
- 1 teaspoon salt, (reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if using soy sauce)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce, (alternatively you can use Soy Sauce)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large freezer bag and seal it closed.
- Shake all of the ingredients in the bag together. Make sure that the chicken is evenly coated with everything.
- Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
- Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, flipping the chicken over halfway through the cooking time. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 28g
All nutritional information and calculations are provided as a courtesy. Nutritional values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product, and brand selection. You should not rely on this information for medical advice.
Kay is passionate about living a healthy low carb lifestyle. She loves low carb comfort foods that are also family-friendly!
How much olive oil?
2 tablespoons of olive oil. I just updated the recipe card to include this. Thanks!
This is one of my favorite receipes for drumsticks
Thanks so much! This makes me so happy.
Love this recipe! Delicious! All ingredients on point. My new go to.
Thank you, so glad that you enjoyed it!
Thanks Kay, I love these drumsticks! Puppy and I could dig in every night!
I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you!
These were fantastic! I made them just as instructed except I baked them on a rack, skin side down, for 20 mins then flipped them for the remaining 25 mins. Great flavor and crispy skin. I only marinated them for 30 mins. I can’t wait to try them again, after 2 hours. Definitely a keeper
Thank you! So happy to hear that you enjoyed them!
These were delicious!!!! Love the recipe so much I’m making them for dinner now!!!
Thank you for sharing!!!!
Thank you! I hope that you all enjoyed them!
I made these tonight, and these are super delicious!! Love the flavor 😋
Thank you, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed them!
As a retired nurse, I have done more cooking in the last 6 months. I wasn't a chicken lover until I found your recipe.It's so easy putting the ingredients together but hard to let them marinate. Deliciously satisfying.'I always go to Pinterest for recipes
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Do you use with skin or without? I’m excited to make these tonight!
I leave the skin on. I hope that you enjoyed them!
Such an awesome, easy recipe. My family loved it. Thank you so much.
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These are fantastic. A new favorite in my house!
Thank you! I'm so happy that you enjoyed them!
Could this recipe work with chicken thighs?
Yes, it sure can! I actually plan to post the recipe for chicken thighs soon.
So freaking good !! Thank you!!!
Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I had all the ingredients Anne they turned out DELICIOUS.
THIS RECIPE IS A KEEPER
Thank you! I am so happy that you enjoyed it.
So I double the ingredients for 12 chicken legs? I’m a beginner, lol
Yes, that is correct! No worries, lol!
These were delicious. The spice combination is a winner and now I want to use it on everything. My kitchen smelled wonderful.
Thank you! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed them!
I have made this twice now. I tried it with thighs and its just wonderful !
Thank you so much!
Just put my chicken legs in this marinade, they will end up marinating for 3 hours. I'm super excited to try these, the marinade was delicious before I put the chicken in. Thank you for this recipe, I was looking for something savory but not overly complicated, you are the winner! Serving with broccoli and scalloped potatoes.
Need to clarify on one item. This yields six drumsticks. When you say serving is one do you mean one piece or the six drums?
Hi, each drumstick is one serving. Thank you!
I am trying this recipe out right now. Nobody ever taught me to cook but I have a family now so I am just learning from Google. This recipe sounds amazing though and so easy! Hope they turn out good!
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Tried these last night and oh my goodness!! So unbelievably good! I have to say, they were even better cold today. Going to be making these weekly! Yum 🙂
I love to hear that! So glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you!
chicken was the best i ever tried. love this recipe
Thanks so much! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it!
I’m trying to eat a more Low carb diet and it’s not easy for me.. Carbs are my happy place. I have made this recipe twice in a week and it’s going to be a go-to from now on. Can’t wait to try som more of your recipes.
My family tried this and liked it even the kids we will definitely make it again thank you for sharing the recipe.
I have made these several times now and they are absolutely the best. Thank you for the recipe.
Thank you so much!
Looks yummy! Marinading now. I do have a question why in the instructions do you have the temperature and instructions to turn on the oven and then say to marinade for 30-60minutes??
Easy & delicious thank you !
Very tasteful. Thanks for sharing,
Jackie in Texas
I have tried countless types of baked chicken recipes over the years, ranging from super simple to lots of ingredients. My first thought was that it was going to be another good recipe, but I had no idea how good!! This is now my go-to recipe for chicken legs and I always crave it! It is absolutely a must try recipe that works perfectly every time. Yay to affordable and delicious meals!
Making these for dinner tonight. I just know they will be great, but I'll come back and let you know what my husband thinks. Thanks for sharing
I hope that you enjoyed them! Thank you!
I made this recipe today. They came out juicy and delicious. I will definitely make these again. Thank you for sharing.
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed them. Thank you!
I didn't add Worcester sauce but this was great. I may have used more than 2 tbl spoons and will use less next time. My son in law suggested I cube potatoes and place under the rack. It was great. No butter needed. The juice and seasonings dripped on them.
That sounds delicious! Thank you!
I absolutely love this recipe! It is become a staple in our house, and I get asked for the recipe whenever we make it for others. Thanks for a great one!
I'm so happy to hear that you are enjoying it. Thank you so much!
Hi. Love the simplicity of this recipe. Making this tonight. Do you use kosher salt or regular table salt.
Hi, I used regular table salt. I hope you enjoy the recipe. It's super simple but packs some good flavor. Thanks so much!
Omg amazing idk how to post a pic
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you!
Hi Kay, i have to tell you that this is my favorite recipe!! It is actually a favorite at my house. Every single seasoning compliments each other to perfection!!
Thank you!! Barbara
You have certainly made my day with this compliment. Thank you, I'm so happy to hear this!
This was absolutely amazing, girl! Thanks!!