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5 minutes of prep time is all that’s needed to make these crispy-skinned Cajun Chicken Drumsticks. This recipe is always popular!

Cajun spiced chicken drumsticks lined up on a marble platter

Crispy cajun spiced skin covering succulent meat that is super easy to make? Yes, please! This recipe is SO simple. It just takes some drumsticks, cajun seasoning, and butter. It can’t go wrong! This is a go-to recipe for a quick meal, especially for larger amount of people. Just pop it in the oven and throw together some sides. By the time you’re done, you’ll have people drooling from the smell in the kitchen. It’s awesome!

This recipe utilizes a homemade cajun seasoning. There’s nothing quite like mixing your own to have complete control over the flavor. You just never know what you are going to get with a store-bought mix as they vary quite a bit. Simply make a large batch and store what you don’t use in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for future use.

  • Can I use other cuts of chicken besides drumsticks?

    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.

  • How do I make this for a large group of people?

    This recipe is easily customized to feed as many or as little people as you need. That’s part of what makes this recipe so awesome! Simply double or triple the amount of seasonings in the recipe to accommodate as much meat as you need to cook. 

  • What side dishes go well with cajun chicken drumsticks? 

    You can’t go wrong with a side of corn, mashed potatoes, and of course, cornbread. However, there are so many great choices out there! Experiment with what your family likes best. The possibilities are endless!

Cajun chicken drumsticks on a white plate

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Cajun spiced chicken drumsticks lined up on a marble platter
5 minutes of prep time is all that’s needed to make these crispy-skinned Cajun Chicken Drumsticks. This recipe is always popular!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 5 tablespoons butter

Cajun Seasoning

  • 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
  • In a small bowl, stir together all the spices for cajun seasoning. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Line up drumsticks on the prepared tray.
  • Sprinkle with cajun seasoning on both sides. Leave the side with the most meat and skin facing up.
  • Put a dab of about 1/2 tablespoon 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.


Serving: 1drumstick | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Drumsticks
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May 6, 2019 3:12 pm

4 stars
great recipe, needs longer cook time though. more like 35-42 min bake time

May 22, 2020 5:11 pm
Reply to  addison

I agree, I put mine in for 30 and the inside was still slightly pink and wet. 45 mins or so is best

May 26, 2020 9:41 pm

5 stars
Absolutely Delicious!! I cooked it for 50 Minutes and turned them over every 15 minutes I love drumsticks 🍗 nice and crispy! This recipe made it possible! I love the seasoning! Just right!! Thanks for the recipe!!

June 11, 2019 6:05 pm

Hello I just made this recipe tonight , loved it , I did add little more salt to taste and the chicken turn out very moist and the skin with the butter help add the crispy to it and also I did I put it on broil to get more crispy , but for taste what ever broth that was down in baking pan I added on the cajun chicken legs for more flavor , I will be making this recipe more often thanks STAY AT HOME CHEF , I really enjoyed this I was wanting to do more baked… Read more »

Helen Weston
February 3, 2020 5:24 pm

5 stars
I made this for supper tonight and it is delicious. Very juicy. Thanks

January 28, 2020 11:22 am

Fantastic recipe, quick and easy surely a keeper!

May 15, 2019 3:53 pm

5 stars
Really fantastic recipe. I’ve made this a few times now and it’s a keeper!

Sarah Epstein
April 22, 2020 9:57 pm
Reply to  JC

5 stars
It was simply crispy and delicious! We highly recommended this recipe!

Debra Parsons
March 17, 2019 10:03 am

In my oven now! First time. Can’t wait!

May 23, 2020 12:23 pm

5 stars
My husband is a griller, so to change up and bake drumsticks in the oven is a big change. However, we truly loved this recipe. I made it exactly as the recipe directs. This is recipe is a keeper and will be used again and again. We especially like the seasoning, which we use on other meats.

Karen Dagondon
March 24, 2019 3:35 pm

5 stars
This is GENIUS! So quick, so easy, and yet sooooo yummy!! I am making this again.❤ Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am sharing this to my family in the Philippines!

February 19, 2019 8:17 pm

5 stars
Delicious and EASY recipe!! The butter on each drumstick is gold. Although this recipe is easy as is, I just used the pre-made cajun seasoning (McCormick Perfect Pinch Cajun Seasoning + more kosher salt) since I don’t like owning a large variety of spices. and my boyfriend and I still loved it! I also seasoned it overnight.

November 15, 2020 10:52 am

2 stars
Chicken did not come out crispy. Flavor was good. Will try again. Pat chicken dry maybe. Followed recipe exactly.

October 1, 2020 4:41 pm

5 stars
Thank you for sharing, my husband loves spicy chix drumsticks. These are in the oven now!! I have tried many of your dishes, always enjoy your dishes….

February 28, 2020 8:00 pm

This sounds good and the fact that they are gluten free, that’s even better. Another positive is that my dad might like it as well.

June 14, 2019 3:15 pm

I made this using creole seasoning, added the green herbs and garlic, some black pepper, and put the melted butter in with the herbs. I tossed the chicken in the herbed butter blend and then coated it with ground sorghum wheat.

January 2, 2020 5:35 pm
Reply to  Thomas

So you made a different recipe entirely …

Leona LaBine
January 27, 2020 9:34 pm
Reply to  Mike


March 30, 2019 6:22 pm

Jusiy indeed. Will use it again. Thank you.

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