Easy Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Easy Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

I bake chicken thighs frequently because they can be juice, crispy, and flavorful all at the same time, but I often forget that drumsticks can have all of those things as well. They were recently on sale and I found this recipe from Healthy Recipes and now I’m hooked. They’re quick and simple, full of flavor, and they can be paired with any sides you have on hand.


  • 8 skin-on chicken drumsticks (about 2 lb. total weight)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum for for easy cleanup and arrange the drumsticks in a single layer in the pan.
  2. Mix the seasoning/rub: In a medium bowl, mix the olive oil, salt, pepper, and spices.
  3. Coat the chicken pieces with the seasoning paste.
  4. Bake the drumsticks uncovered for 40 minutes or until their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  5. Baste the drumsticks with the pan juices. Serve immediately.