These Chicken Drumsticks Recipe are a classic. Simple to make and budget friendly. I use a few seasonings and marinate overnight. They come out perfect each time.
We love serving chicken drumsticks. I always find them on sale and they have the best flavor.
I remember growing up when my mom made chicken, we would always fight over who got the last drumstick.
This Chicken Drumsticks Recipe is a classic and the one I usually make. It's simple to make but tastes amazing.
How to make Chicken Drumsticks in oven:
This drumstick recipe is made in the oven, and they stay crispy! Start by making the marinade.
I marinate these overnight so that the flavor just overtakes the drumsticks. You do not have to marinate over night if you do not want to.
Either way make the marinade for the chicken drumsticks, and you can still cook them right away if you prefer. These baked chicken drumsticks will be a favorite for you and your family!
- Vegetable Oil: you can use any oil that you like best for cooking.
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Seasoning: for seasoning we used garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
- Brown Sugar
Step one: Start by placing your chicken drumsticks into a large freezer bag.
Step two: Next you will want to place your oil and Worcestershire sauce in a mixing bowl.
Whisk in all remaining ingredients then pour this over your chicken.
Step three: Marinate overnight for best results or cook immediately.
You don't have to marinate them over night, but I think the flavor gets into the chicken best when you do.
Optional Step: If you want them right now, then go ahead and skip to the next step.
- Tip: If you don't have time you can skip the chilling in the refrigerator but for the best result, I would allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours.
Step four: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a dish with aluminum foil.
Pour chicken into the dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked.
You will want to flip your drumstick about halfway through the baking process, to ensure all sides are cooked well.
How long to cook Chicken Drumsticks:
I cooked mine for 30-40 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size of your chicken. My chicken was very thick and needed the extra time.
If you are cooking smaller chicken drumsticks, then you will want to check on them around 20-30 minutes.
Use a kitchen thermometer to make sure they are at a safe temperature before serving.
Can I use frozen drumsticks?
Frozen drumsticks are fine to use, as long as you thaw them out. So ideally no, you do not want to use frozen drumsticks.
If they thaw during the baking your seasoning and sauce will get watered down and result in your chicken not being as flavorful. I prefer to use fresh drumsticks for this.
If frozen drumsticks are the only thing you have, make sure they are fully thawed and then pat them dry to remove and excess water.
Try some of my other favorite drumstick recipes:
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks - These Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks look and taste as if they came right off the grill! No grilling here though you can bake these in the oven anytime and still get crunchy chicken drumsticks that are full of flavor.
Lemon Pepper Chicken Drumsticks - This Lemon Pepper Chicken Drumsticks have the perfect blend of spices with a squeeze of citrus. Baked in the oven and full of flavor.
Asian Chicken Drumsticks - These Asian Chicken Drumsticks are simple to make and full of flavor. Marinate with a few simple ingredients then baked. I like to top mine with sesame seeds and diced green onions.
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Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Add chicken drumsticks into a large freezer bag.
- Place oil and Worcestershire sauce in a mixing bowl. Whisk in all remaining ingredients. Pour this over your chicken. Marinate overnight for best results or cook immediately.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a dish with aluminum foil. Pour chicken into the dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked. Time will vary deepening on the size of your chicken. Check on smaller chicken drumsticks around 20 minutes.
This recipe looks great! I was looking for a recipe without soy sauce and finally I found one that looks good. Can you please tell me, where is says pour the chicken in the dish... do I pour all of the sauce in also, or just the chicken? thx!!
I do pour it all in!