Baked chicken drumsticks (aka, baked chicken legs) are a simple and crazy delicious main dish that you will want to eat on repeat.

Baked Chicken Drumsticks with potatoes and salad on white plate

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My family goes crazy for these baked chicken legs! Side note: What do you call them? Chicken legs? Or drumsticks?🧐Forgive me if I use these interchangeably throughout this post! Because I call them both.🙃

They make the house smell amazing while they are cooking, and they are easy enough to make on a weeknight. Pair them with a couple simple sides, and you have dinner.

We are huge ButcherBox fans over here, and they offer up specials every now and then, and we purchased (for a one time fee) 3 pounds of chicken legs in every one of our monthly boxes. For. Life. 🎉🎉🎉 Such a great deal!

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So we end up eating these baked chicken drumsticks a couple times a month, and none of us are mad about it.🙃

Baked chicken drumsticks overhead on marble table with salad and potatoes

How to prep and season chicken legs

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First, make sure the drumsticks are fully thawed (if you keep meat in the freezer). Then, remove the drumsticks from the package, and blot them with paper towels. This will help the skin to crisp up when you cook them.

blotting chicken legs on paper towels

Next, transfer the drumsticks to a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Drizzle them with a little oil.

drizzling oil on chicken legs

It doesn’t take much! Just a little dab will do ya. 😉Then use your hand to rub it in and coat both sides.

hand rubbing oil on chicken drumsticks

Next, sprinkle the seasoning mix on both sides. I am using a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder and paprika. Exact amounts are in the recipe card below.

hand sprinkling seasoning on chicken legs

How to bake chicken drumsticks

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Now that you have the chicken legs all seasoned up, it’s time to bake them! Put them in an oven that has been preheated to 425 F degrees, and cook for twenty minutes.

Remove the baked chicken drumsticks, and using tongs, carefully flip each drumstick over. Return them to the oven to cook for another fifteen minutes. They come out looking like this.😍

Baked chicken drumsticks with parsley on parchment paper

Let the baked chicken drumsticks rest for about 5 minutes before serving. We like ours with air fryer roasted potatoes and a side salad.

Baked chicken drumsticks closeup on white plate with sides

What to serve with baked chicken drumsticks

Here are some other side items (including recipe links!) that go great with baked chicken legs.

  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Air fryer baked potatoes
  • Instant Pot wild rice pilaf
  • Southern cornbread dressing
  • Caprese orzo salad
  • Corn salad with avocado, tomato and lime
  • Roasted green beans with shallot
  • Lemon garlic roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Greek potato salad
  • Instant Pot black-eyed peas and ham
  • Greek salad
  • Wedge salad

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