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These Baked chicken drumsticks are so crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and easy to make. Made with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, it is the perfect chicken recipe to serve your guests all year round.

one chicken drumstick help up with a tong

BBQ chicken drumsticks are everyone’s favorite at every party or gathering. Whether you choose to bake these chicken drumsticks in the oven or outdoors they will be a huge hit. The drumsticks are seasoned and marinated with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, ground ginger, and salt and pepper. They are then baked to perfection before smothering them with BBQ sauce. Baked again to get that perfectly tender on the inside and crispy on the outside drumsticks.

Why this drumstick recipe is so good

  • Super easy: Nothing much needed but a handful of spices, drumstick, and BBQ sauce. Simple and easy to put together and let the oven do most of the work!
  • So tasty: the flavors of the spices used coupled with the BBQ will make these drumsticks finger-licking good!
  • Healthy: No oil needed, you may even take off the skin and cook without it for a healthier option. Look for a low-sugar or sugar-free BBQ sauce too!

side shot of baked drumsticks on a rack

Ingredients you will need

Chicken drumsticks (about 12)
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Chili powder
Smoked paprika
Ground ginger
Salt
Pepper
Bbq sauce

How to make these drumsticks

  • Mix the spices together: First, in a mixing bowl, add drumsticks, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, ginger, salt, and pepper.
  • Marinate the chicken: Using your clean hands, generously rub the seasoning all over the drumsticks.
    Refrigerate to allow the seasonings to penetrate the meat, for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F and line a roasting tin with aluminum foil for easy
    cleanup, if desired.
  • Bake the drumsticks: Then, transfer the chicken drumsticks to the prepared roasting tin arranging them on the wire rack with a little space in between. Bake, in the middle of the oven, for 40 minutes, flipping half time.
  • Add the BBQ sauce: When the time is up, remove from the oven and brush each chicken drumstick with BBQ sauce. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, then flip the drumsticks and repeat the process once again.
  • Enjoy: Finally, serve immediately and enjoy them!

collage of the steps of making the bbq drumsticks

FAQ’s and tips

  • Serving size is 2 drumsticks
  • You may use boneless and skinless chicken breast for a healthier option a or thighs
  • Use your favorite healthy BBQ sauce. You can find some with low sugar or even sugar-free
  • Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes. If pressed for time you can skip marinating.
  • Don’t forget to bake again after you add the BBQ sauce to get that extra crisp.
  • Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat or you can bake for 10 mins or so in a preheated 350 oven.
  • You can store in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

close up drumsticks on rack

How long does it take for drumsticks to cook in the oven

Depending on the oven, drumsticks will take at minimum 40-50 minutes at 350-400 F to fully bake. Turn it over halfway through at 25-30 minutes and let it continue to bake. You will be able to tell when they look really crispy and tender to the touch of a fork or tongs. Another way to check is by using a thermometer until it reaches 160F or then the juices coming out of the chicken are no longer pink.

Are chicken drumsticks healthy

Chicken is healthier meat compared to red meat/beef. Even though the thighs, wings, and drumsticks aren’t as lean and healthy as the breast, the drumsticks are fairly low in fat and high in protein when cooked without the skin.

What do you eat with drumsticks

So much you can eat with drumsticks. The options are endless but we have a few ideas for you that you can check out. Try them with:

two drumsticks top view

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top view of side by side drumsticks

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4.95 from 120 votes

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

By: Rena
Servings: 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
hand holding one chicken drumstick
Crispy and tender Chicken drumsticks baked in the oven with a sweet and tangy bbq sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Chicken drumsticks, about 12
  • 2 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 cups Sugar-free BBQ sauce, or low sugar

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add drumsticks, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, ginger, salt, and pepper. Using your clean hands, generously rub the seasoning all over the drumsticks.
  • Refrigerate to allow the seasonings to penetrate the meat, for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350F and line a roasting tin with aluminum foil for easy cleanup, if desired.
  • Transfer the chicken drumsticks to the prepared roasting tin arranging them on the wire rack with a little space in between.
  • Bake, in the middle of the oven, for 40-50 minutes, flipping half time.
  • When the time is up, remove from the oven and brush each chicken drumstick with BBQ sauce. Return to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, then flip the drumsticks and repeat the process once again.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

The serving size is 2 drumsticks
NOTE: Please note that all ovens are different and some may find that you need to cook the drumsticks for an additional 15-20 minutes. You may also increase the temperature to 400F
Substitutes:
  • You may use chicken breast or thighs
  • Use your favorite healthy BBQ sauce
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can store it in a ziplock bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used. It is calculated using normal store-bought BBQ sauce not sugar-free

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 38gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 2014mgPotassium: 850mgFiber: 3gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 2247IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 3mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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63 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Overall it turned out good. I had to cook it about another 30 minutes. The chicken was still quite raw at the first 30 minute mark. The legs were about normal size. Maybe this recipe works best for small chicken legs. But flavor was really good in the end.

  2. I substituted no name honey garlic sauce for the BBQ sauce, but found the same thing as Scott…they were not done cooking and needed additional time. I set my oven to True Areo Bake (all around heat plus air circulation) at 350 for 60 minutes (20+20+10+10). I then set my oven to Areo Roast at 400 for another 15 minutes (same as Aero bake with the addition of the overhead broil burner) and unfortunately got distracted and left them for 25 minutes. No worries about mine being crispy! lol ! The sauce on top burned to a crisp (charcoal really, so I was glad I left the skin on) but the drumsticks on the inside were juicy and delicious! Even the crispy outside was tasty. The honey garlic combined nicely with the assorted spices in the marinade rub. I’m sure if I’d taken them out of the oven that final time, at 15 or 20 minutes, they would have been perfect! I will definitely try this recipe again, however I cooked 14 large drumsticks and completely covered them each in the rub and I had enough of the spice mixture left over for at least 4-5 more drumsticks.

      1. 5 stars
        That was amazing very easy and tasteful.
        I spiced night before
        So juicy and moist.
        Left half with out of barbecue sauce and was so good to.

  3. 5 stars
    This is in the oven right now. Omitted the chili powder and ginger. Rubbed them down with avocado oil and spice mix. Roasted them at 450 and turned them half way through. still cooked for 45 minutes. Nice and crispy and juice. Will keep this one

  4. 4 stars
    For some reason there was alot of extra spices left over, but that was an easy fix. Also made it in an airfrier. Was soooo good. Husband said best drumsticks ive made so far 🙂

  5. 3 stars
    It wasn’t done, not even close. Maybe it was the size of my drumsticks but you need to add a LOT more time to the cooking time. Make sure you check it.

    1. They smell amazing but agreed, mine have been in the oven for over 2 hrs at 350 and are still not finished, and the bbq sauce is getting burnt. I cook a lot and haven’t had this issue with other recipes so I know it’s not my oven.

  6. 5 stars
    Made it today and it tasted amazing. Wondering if you know how to make it crispier, mine was very juicy but I’d like the skin to be crispier as well.

    Thanks!!

    1. I’m wondering if I could bake ahead ,same day and then add the BBQ sauce and put on the BBQ to grill

  7. 5 stars
    Had this last night. Absolute awesome. When it’s 95 degrees outside, this is the perfect way to have bbq drumsticks. Thanks for this.

  8. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe i made it with rays low sugar barbecue sauce and it tasted amazing perfect meal for after the gym coupled with an avocado

  9. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Best BBQ I have had. Make sure you have plenty of napkins, sticky sauce, just the way it should be!