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Easy 5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Looking for an easy recipe for baked chicken drumsticks? These deliciously juicy drumsticks are coated with a simple seasoning mix and only take about 5 minutes to prep and drop in the oven.

Cooking Chicken Drumsticks in the Oven

Baking chicken drumsticks is one of the easiest ways to enjoy this delicious cut of chicken. We love drumsticks because they are full of flavor and simple to cook. Here’s how you’ll do it:

  • Preheat your oven and line a sheet pan with parchment for easy cleanup.
  • Mix up the tasty 3-ingredient seasoning mix.
  • Rub (or brush) the drumsticks all over with a little oil.
  • Season the chicken all over with the seasoning mix.
  • Drop it in the oven to bake and kick up your feet and relax 🙂

Check out some other ways to cook drumsticks in these recipes – Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks and Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks.

Baked drumsticks topped with a drizzle of homemade herb aioli from this recipe

A Simple Seasoning for Baked Drumsticks

Since drumsticks already have a lot of flavor, a simple mix of seasonings is all you need. Here’s all it takes:

  1. Sea salt
  2. Smoked paprika
  3. Your choice of dried herb (rosemary, thyme, sage, etc.)

That’s it! Just rub this mix all over the chicken pieces, and you’ll be amazed by the flavor this simple mix creates.

You can find some other seasoning mix ideas in our post about 10 Easy DIY Spice Blends

What to Serve with Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Since this is such a simple recipe, you can opt for an elaborate side dish or just keep everything simple for an easy weeknight meal. Here are some ideas:

Your Turn to try These Easy Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Go ahead and throw these baked chicken drumsticks in your oven tonight! Make them anytime you want some simple and flavorful baked chicken with only a few ingredients.

If you make it, leave a comment below to let us know how it goes. Also, take a picture or video and share it on Instagram and tag us @realsimplegood. We love to see what you’re cooking!

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Close up overhead image of baked chicken drumsticks with white sauce drizzled on top

Easy 5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Drumsticks

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 drumsticks
Calories: 204kcal
Looking for an easy recipe for baked chicken drumsticks? These deliciously juicy drumsticks are coated with a simple seasoning mix and only take about 5 minutes to prep and drop in the oven.
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  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried herb of choice (rosemary, thyme, sage, etc.)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
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  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit and line a sheet pan with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Mix the salt, smoked paprika and dried herb together in a small bowl or ramekin.
  • Lightly coat the chicken drumsticks with oil. Rub the seasoning mix all over the chicken drumsticks to coat.
  • Place chicken on the sheet pan and bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the drumsticks. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165° Fahrenheit.
  • If desired, switch the oven to broil for the last 4-5 minutes to crisp up the drumstick skin on the top.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.


Nutrition facts are per serving (one drumstick for this recipe) and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.  

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Fiber: 1g
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