Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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These easy Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks, incredibly tender and juicy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside, are always a family favorite. Serve them with a simple side dish and you’ll have a fuss-free and delicious meal for any night of the week.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Chicken is always a go-to dinner in my house…it’s easy, delicious and something everyone can agree on. That’s why I love these easy baked chicken drumsticks. They’re a finger-licking-good alternative to traditional fried chicken legs.

With baking, you get tender and juicy chicken with a crispy, golden brown crust, but without the extra oil and fuss. The bonus is that they’re easier and create less mess in the kitchen, making them the perfect choice for busy weeknights.

This will go great paired with any of your favorite sides (we love them with oven roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or maple glazed carrots). It’s an easy dinner that both kids and adults love.

Close-up of three crispy fried chicken drumsticks garnished with chopped parsley, presented on a beige plate.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Simple recipe: Easier and less messy than traditional frying, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Delicious flavor: Tender, flavorful chicken with a golden brown, crispy crust that everyone drools over.
  • Versatile: Goes with a variety of side dishes, from salads to mashed potatoes.
  • Kid and adult approved: Both children and adults love it, making it a great family meal option.

Ingredients

A plate of raw chicken drumsticks is surrounded by small bowls containing an egg, parmesan cheese, paprika, salt, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and olive oil on a marble surface.
  • Skin-on chicken drumsticks
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Grated parmesan
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

How To Make Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Pat the chicken legs dry with paper towels.

Step 2. In a separate shallow bowl or dish, whisk together the egg and the salt.

A bowl filled with beaten eggs sits on a marble countertop, with a partially visible chicken drumstick on a plate next to it.

Step 3. In a shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, paprika, and garlic powder.

Ingredients for breading chicken including beaten eggs in a bowl with a whisk, seasoned breadcrumb mixture in a baking dish, and raw chicken pieces on a plate.

Step 4. Dip each chicken drumstick into the egg mixture, ensuring it’s fully coated.

A raw chicken drumstick partially coated in egg wash on a white plate surrounded by bowls of breadcrumbs and other chicken pieces.

Step 5. Roll and coat the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere.

A piece of chicken being coated in breadcrumbs inside a white bowl placed on a marble surface.

Step 6. Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil or spray it with cooking spray. Arrange the coated drumsticks on the baking sheet, leaving space between them. Drizzle with additional olive oil.

A baking sheet containing seven breaded chicken drumsticks arranged in two rows on a marble countertop.

Step 7. Bake the chicken for 40–45 minutes, or until it’s cooked through and the skin is crispy and golden brown.

A baking tray with seven pieces of breaded, baked chicken drumsticks garnished with green herbs.

Serve your baked drumsticks hot with a simple side dish and enjoy!

Storage Instructions

These drumsticks taste best fresh from the oven. You can store them in the fridge for up to a day or two but they will loose some of their crispiness.

Top Tips

  • It’s important to preheat your oven. This ensures the drumsticks begin to cook and crisp up immediately.
  • For an extra thick and crispy crust, dip the drumsticks in the egg mixture, then the breadcrumbs, and then back in the egg mixture again before coating them in the breadcrumbs a second time.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks on the baking sheet with enough space between them to allow for even browning.
  • For extra crispy skin, arrange the drumsticks on a wire rack set over the baking sheet. This allows hot air to circulate around the chicken.
A baking tray with six breaded and seasoned chicken drumsticks garnished with chopped parsley.

Variations and Add-ins

  • Chicken: You can use this easy recipe to make baked chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and even chicken wings. The bake time will need to be adjusted based on the type of chicken you use.
  • Seasoning: Try adding smoked paprika for a deeper, smoky flavor, or sweet paprika for a milder taste. You can also add a pinch of cayenne for a little heat.
  • Breadcrumbs: Use panko breadcrumbs for an even crispier crust, crushed crackers (like Ritz), or even crushed cornflakes for a fun twist.
  • Sauces: Serve these with your favorite dipping sauces like honey mustard, barbecue sauce, or ranch dressing.
A close-up of several crispy baked chicken drumsticks garnished with chopped parsley on a white plate.

Recipe FAQs

How can I be sure my drumsticks are done?

The best way is to check them with an instant-read thermometer. To be considered done, they should reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F.

Can I make them in my air fryer?

Yes, you can! Preheat your air fryer to 400°F and cook the chicken drumsticks in a single layer for about 20–25 minutes, turning halfway through. Make sure to use a thermometer to check for doneness.

Why isn’t the coating sticking to my chicken?

If the breadcrumb mixture is not sticking well, make sure the drumsticks are thoroughly coated in the egg mixture before rolling them in the breadcrumbs. Then, press the breadcrumbs gently onto the drumsticks if you need to help them stick better.

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Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks


Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
These Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks are a family favorite! Tender and juicy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside, they make the perfect easy dinner any night of the week.

Ingredients
 

  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Pat the chicken legs dry with paper towels.
    3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • In a separate shallow bowl or dish, whisk together the egg and the salt.
    1 egg, 1 tsp salt
  • In a shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, paprika, and garlic powder.
    ½ cup breadcrumbs, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Dip each chicken drumstick into the egg mixture, ensuring it’s fully coated.
  • Roll and coat the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil or spray it with cooking spray. Arrange the coated drumsticks on the baking sheet, leaving space between them. Drizzle with additional olive oil.
    3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • Bake the chicken for 40–45 minutes, or until it’s cooked through and the skin is crispy and golden brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 261mg | Sodium: 1153mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 519IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 3mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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