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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. 5 stars
    These came out so juicy and perfect! I got a good crisp! I just cooked them at 360 for 40 min.. half the sauce time for both sides time at 370. Then broil on high both sides for a few minutes. Everyone loved these!!! *Used G Hughes sugarfree hickory bbq*.

    1. Hi there,
      All ovens vary. I know this because my basement oven takes much longer than the one on my main floor to cook through and get crispy. Same temperature setting, and different brands, but both are great brands. I always suggest everyone bake based on their ovens. Some ovens will need an additional 10-15 minutes.

  2. 5 stars
    It wasn’t crispy for me, but I think that was my fault as I didn’t bake in a rack. I did follow the directions and the chicken was moist and tender. Based upon some other comments in the last half of baking, I increased the oven temp to 375. They were done at the 45 min. mark.

  3. 5 stars
    This is my go too bbq drumstick recipe! It’s super easy and it comes out crispy in the oven.

    1. Followed recipe to a T. Came out severely undercooked, needed to be baked longer and at higher temperature 165. Everything was at around 130 by end of recipe which can cause foodborne ilness.

      1. Hi Chris. Every oven is different. Even in my own house, the oven in my first-level kitchen cooks way more quickly than the one in my basement. So Most likely some ovens will need more time or higher temperatures. I hope you just let it cook some more. I made a note about this in the note section already. I will clarify some more

  4. 5 stars
    Terrific recipe – drumsticks turned out so juicy and delicious. Like others said I think they could be cooked longer so that’s what I did – 60 minutes plus the extra 20 with the sauce. But like someone said every oven is different.

  5. 5 stars
    Great recipe–family really enjoyed the flavor! I liked your combination of spices very much!
    I made 8 large legs (almost 2#). I mixed the spices in a gallon zip-loc; then added drumsticks and shook well. It’s easier than a bowl by far! I cooked them in a convection oven on 425 for a total of 45 min; flipped them after 20 min, brushed marinade on both sides at 40 min, then cooked another 5 min. They were done perfectly; very moist. Not super crispy, but that’s because of the BBQ sauce, of course!
    In the future I think I will use skinless, boneless chicken thighs.

    1. My grandma actually makes theses but it’s a little different and always used a 9×13 baking dish. Works well and it keeps the juices and everything inside too. So just have to check on them and flip them. Prefer to cover with tin foil.