Oven Baked Chicken Legs – The Art of Drummies

Oven baked chicken drumsticks are about as simple as a recipe can get with these easy step by step how-to photos. Just pat dry the drumsticks, spice, and cook in a high oven. Then you will have crispy goodness for the family.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 drumsticks
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 6 legs Chicken drumsticks about 1 1/2 lbs
  • salt and pepper to taste or 7:2:1 or 7:2:2 seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 425 convection. If you don't have convection, do 425 conventional and add a few minutes.
  • Pat dry the drumsticks with paper towels. (See https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/chicken-rinse-not-rinse/ about rinsing chicken)
  • Trim off any extra skin and any loose joint pieces.
  • Spice to taste. Here I'm using a light sprinkling of my 7:2:1 seasoning. If you don't have that the just some salt and pepper to taste. Other seasonings at your option. A touch of cayenne is nice.
  • Placed on a prepared cooking pan with the thicker part of the drumstick to the outside. I usually line with aluminum foil to help clean up. A rack elevates the chicken to help all sides cook evenly. You can do it without the rack but better with it. Of course, a heavy spray of PAM on the rack or foil.
  • Cook to 185 plus internal temp. DO NOT STOP SHORT of 185. About 35 minutes in my oven. Let set for 10 minutes before serving. They are way too hot to eat right away and will be better after a rest.


Pro Tips:

  1. DO NOT SKIP THE PAT DRY or you will not have crispy skin.
  2. Check the cut joint area for loose parts. You may be handing this to a child and don't need loose bone aspirated.
  3. I like cooking this on a rack to get the meat off the pan, and with convection, all sides of the drumstick will be nice.
  4. Cook at high temp and you must use a thermometer to be sure you get to 185. Do not guess.
  5. Spice as you want. I often add the Cayenne but if you have little ones, skip it.
  6. Scale to any amount you need
  7. Skip the seasoning and brush with your favorite BBQ sauce the last 5 minutes to make great oven baked BBQ drumsticks.
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Calories: 160kcal | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 477mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.1mg