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Crispy-Skinned Baked Chicken Drumsticks

A simple everyday recipe for baked chicken drumsticks. Simply coat them with a mixture of olive oil and spices, then bake! I make this simple everyday recipe for baked chicken drumsticks often. It has this winning combination of being easy AND delicious! You simply coat the chicken pieces with a mixture of olive oil and spices, then bake them for about 40 minutes. So juicy!

Prep Time

        Prep time: 10 minutes
        Cook time: 40 minutes
        Yield: Serves 4


    •    2 tbsps olive oil
    •    1 tsp kosher salt
    •    1 tsp garlic powder
    •    1 tsp onion powder
    •    1/2 tsp black pepper
    •    1 tsp smoked paprika
    •    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    •    8 (4 oz each) skin-on chicken drumsticks


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the drumsticks in a single layer on the parchment.
  2. Make the seasoning paste: In a medium bowl, use a fork or a spatula to mix the olive oil, salt, pepper, and spices.
  3. Using a pastry brush or your hands, coat the chicken pieces with the seasoning paste.
  4. Bake the drumsticks uncovered until their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 40 minutes.
  5. Baste the drumsticks with the pan juices using a clean pastry brush. Serve immediately.


    •    Check on the drumsticks after the first 30 minutes. If they seem to be darkening too fast on top, loosely cover them with foil and keep cooking until they are cooked through.

    •    Chicken should be fully cooked. It should reach an internal temperature of 165°F when measured with an instant-read thermometer not touching the bone.

This great family recipe is thanks to Healthy Recipes at


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