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Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks have the most juicy meat and crispy skin. We’ve perfected 4 flavor options to make sure there’s something for everyone, and at only 45 minutes or less from prep to dinner time, this recipe is both kid and adult approved!

Easy baked chicken drumsticks on a dinner plate.

We have a bit of a love/hate relationship with dinner. No matter how many times we make dinner, it just keeps coming around again, day after day. We absolutely love to cook, and certainly love to eat, but some days we struggle to really make the effort, and do the work to put together a delicious meal. Door Dash, anyone? Well, this recipe is honestly just as easy as Door Dash. Factoring in trying to get everyone in the family to agree on a place to eat and decide what to order, we find these baked chicken drumsticks are even easier than delivery! Prep and cleanup is super minimal, and the flavor is absolutely amazing! 

Are chicken legs and drumsticks the same?

Chicken drumsticks are simply part of the leg, consisting of both the drumstick and thigh. You can always use whole chicken legs in this recipe if desired. 

When are the Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks ready? 

Chicken drumsticks will take about 25 minutes to cook. You will know they are safe and ready to eat when they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicken Cut Options: 

You can also use whatever cut of chicken you’d like. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or even wings are all delicious with this recipe. You’ll have to adjust the cook time accordingly. Always cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Air Fryer Instructions: 

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If your air fryer does not go up to 400 degrees, preheat to the hottest setting. Grease air fryer basket and place seasoned chicken drumsticks inside. Make sure the basket is not overfilled and the drumsticks have 1/4 inch of space around them on all sides. Cook for 18 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once they have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees, you are ready to eat!

Overhead view of baked chicken drumsticks.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Baked chicken drumsticks are best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through. 

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Easy baked chicken drumsticks on a dinner plate.
Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks have the most juicy meat and crispy skin. We’ve perfected 4 flavor options to make sure there’s something for everyone, and at only 45 minutes or less from prep to dinner time, this recipe is both kid and adult approved!
Ingredients
  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 5 tablespoons butter

Basic Chicken Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 4-sided baking sheet with nonstick spray. Line up drumsticks on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Stir all listed seasonings together in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle in an even layer over the chicken. Rub on and underneath skin (optional).
  • Put a 1/2 tablespoon dab butter on the top of each drumstick, on the part that is most meaty. The butter will melt all over the meat and skin, keeping the meat juicy, and making the skin crispy.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes in the oven until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Notes
Cajun Spiced:
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
 
Zesty Tex-Mex:
  • 2 limes juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
 
Flavors of India:
  • 1 lemon juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
 
Drizzle juice over chicken to coat (if called for). Stir all listed seasonings together in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle in an even layer over the chicken. Rub on and underneath skin (optional). Proceed with step 3 of recipe.
Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks (4 flavors!)
Easy baked chicken drumsticks on a dinner plate.
Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks have the most juicy meat and crispy skin. We’ve perfected 4 flavor options to make sure there’s something for everyone, and at only 45 minutes or less from prep to dinner time, this recipe is both kid and adult approved!
Ingredients
  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 5 tablespoons butter

Basic Chicken Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 4-sided baking sheet with nonstick spray. Line up drumsticks on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Stir all listed seasonings together in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle in an even layer over the chicken. Rub on and underneath skin (optional).
  • Put a 1/2 tablespoon dab butter on the top of each drumstick, on the part that is most meaty. The butter will melt all over the meat and skin, keeping the meat juicy, and making the skin crispy.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes in the oven until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Notes
Cajun Spiced:
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
 
Zesty Tex-Mex:
  • 2 limes juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
 
Flavors of India:
  • 1 lemon juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
 
Drizzle juice over chicken to coat (if called for). Stir all listed seasonings together in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle in an even layer over the chicken. Rub on and underneath skin (optional). Proceed with step 3 of recipe.
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