Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe is easy, delicious, and full of flavor!  Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! Tender and juicy, this recipe is an absolute no-brainer. Simply marinate and bake for a recipe your family will be begging for time and time again!

marinated baked chicken drumsticks

Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe: 

I love these Baked Chicken Drumsticks because the skin gets crispy in the oven and the homemade marinade makes them so juicy. Plus, drumsticks are an inexpensive cut of meat that doesn’t skimp on taste! This recipe makes 10 drumsticks so your family no longer has to fight over who gets a leg. Similar to cooking chicken thighs, the secret here is all in the marinade. Just a few pantry staples like olive oil, seasonings, and lemon juice are whisked together to create a classic combination that gives you tons of side dish options. Letting the chicken soak in the homemade marinade for at least a couple of hours really seals in all of the flavor and guarantees the chicken comes out tender and juicy instead of dried out. Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks aren’t in my weekly rotation for nothing!


Begging for more baked recipes? Try BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs or Easy Baked Chicken Breast for some classic variations.

What Should I Serve With Baked Drumsticks?

The marinade for these Chicken Drumsticks pairs well with a myriad of side dishes! All sorts of veggies, potatoes, or even mac and cheese would be delicious. Try my Perfect Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans, or maybe extra cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese and some of my Perfect Baked Beans to complete your meal!

How To Make Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

  • Let’s make the marinade. The true star of this recipe is surprisingly simple. In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, chicken seasoning, salt, soy or Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, pepper, and paprika.
  • Add the drumsticks. Place the chicken drumsticks into a large zip-top bag then pour the marinade inside. Close the bag (try to get as much air out as you can) and massage the marinade into the chicken.
  • Let the chicken chill and the marinade marry. Refrigerate the drumsticks for at least 30 minutes. For the absolute best flavor let the chicken marinate for a full 2-12 hours.
  • Time to get cooking. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the chicken. Place the drumsticks in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook for another 5-10 minutes (or until cooked through). Serve and enjoy!

chicken drumsticks tossed in a bowl of marinade

How to store and Heat Leftovers: 

Store leftover Baked Chicken Drumsticks in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Heat back up in the oven until warmed through, or eat cold! These are great right out of the fridge for a next day lunch or midnight snack. 

Ingredients Notes for Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

  • Chicken – Make sure the drumsticks reach an internal temperature of 165°F for safe serving. And don’t skip the flip! Flipping them ensures they’re cooked through and gives that nice caramel color on both sides. The trick is to use skin on drumsticks for that outer crisp!
  • Marinade – The marinade doesn’t have to be complicated and you can absolutely swap out the seasonings for unique combos. You could try olive oil and Italian seasoning, a lemon pepper blend, or even add in some honey mustard. Feel free to experiment while maintaining the technique. There’s room for flavorful creativity here! 
  • Paprika – For a smoky flavor, swap traditional paprika for smoked paprika. It’s amazing with the sweet brown sugar and tangy worcestershire sauce!

marinated baked chicken drumsticks arranged on a plate






4.98 from 458 votes

Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Easy, delicious, and full of flavor, these Baked Chicken Drumsticks are perfect for a weeknight dinner! Tender and juicy, this recipe is an absolute no-brainer. Simply marinate and bake for a recipe your family will be begging for time and time again!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Servings 10



  • In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, soy or Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar garlic powder, onion powder, salt, chicken seasoning, pepper, dijon mustard, chili powder, and paprika until well mixed.
  • Add the chicken drumsticks to a large zip-top bag and pour the marinade over the chicken.  Close the bag and massage the marinade into the chicken for a few seconds.
  • Refrigerate the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.  For best flavor allow the chicken to marinate for 2-12 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the chicken in an even layer on prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.  Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until cooked through.



**Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees before consumption.


Calories: 212kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 870mg, Potassium: 204mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 135IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is in our regular rotation, it’s a fave in our home for sure! I make NO adjustments at all, it’s perfect as it is! Oh wait – I do 50/50 Soy Sauce & Worcestershire

  2. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe! I had everything in my kitchen already! I made it a couple weeks ago and am making it again for dinner tonight the family loves it! Thanks soooo much!

  3. 5 stars
    I made it for dinner last night. Absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed. I baked it for 15 minutes longer so for about 50 min. I also used Soyaki sauce as I didn’t have either of the other two. Delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night and it was excellent. I made a few changes though. Leaving the skin on made the chicken legs come out more moist and not so dry. I also doubled the marinade and turn the heat to 350 convection and baked for approximately 40 minutes. Perfect!

  5. 5 stars
    I will cook this tomorrow for sure! Thank you Nicole and best of the best to you and yours . (funny story i tell) I had a seed that feel in the dirt and then grew to many feet and inches. As fall came a dead branch with these strange sticky clusters fell in my small hot burning fire the rest of my evening was as good as i know your cooking smells from here.

  6. 5 stars
    These came out really tasty. I baked mine on a cooking rack over a foil covered sheet pan to allow fat to drip away. Needed some time under the broiler on both sides for a few minutes. Perfect! I also used fresh minced garlic in mine and added crushed red pepper and a bit of cayenne. Thoroughly enjoyed!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night and everyone loved it. I used smoked paprika and crushed garlic instead of garlic powder and I added some lemon zest. So easy and totally delicious.