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Simple Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Chicken Legs

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Simple Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks are a classic and budget friendly meal. The seasoning on these roasted chicken pieces are usually basic, sometimes just salt and pepper. I’m going to share with you an easy and delicious way to have moist baked chicken with crispy skin the whole family will love.

You’ll find baked chicken on nearly every menu of a meat and three dining establishment in the South. It really could be considered baked to death chicken. You end up with a dry chicken breast that nearly chokes you. Still it’s a favorite choice for many and popular menu item.

Personally, I prefer baking dark meat chicken pieces. Dark meat pieces can withstand being cooked for a longer amount of time to get that perfect crispy skin without drying out. Chicken legs are inexpensive too.

I picked up a package for under three dollars. Five minutes of prep is all it takes and these drumsticks go into the oven, leaving you time to work on other things.

Crispy Skinned Baked Chicken Legs with Ghee

Printable Recipe Card at the end of this post

Simple Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks – Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)

 

Step 2: Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Step 3: Lay out drumsticks on the lined baking sheet, making sure not to over crowd.

Step 4: Prepare Seasoning Mixture: Add ghee, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to a small microwaveable dish. Heat in the microwave 25-30 seconds to melt the ghee. Mix to combine.

 

Step 5: Brush each chicken leg drumstick with the ghee seasoning mixture on all sides.

Step 6: Sprinkle a little salt on each drumstick

Healthy Chicken Drumstick Recipe

Step 7: Place into the pre-heated oven and bake for 1 hour. After 1 hour, turn each drumstick and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.

Oven Roasted Chicken Legs

The skin is so crispy and the chicken just melts in your mouth. Since there’s just the two of us, I serve a salad with a couple of drumsticks each.

Try using ghee, as I have, instead of butter for the seasoning baste. Ghee has a higher smoke point and doesn’t burn like butter. If you’re not familiar with ghee, it’s a clarified butter, and can be stored in the pantry.

Crispy Drumsticks Roasted

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Simple Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Simple Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Healthy and delicious oven roasted chicken drumsticks that leave the skin perfectly brown and crispy. A kid friendly favorite.

Ingredients

  • 2-4 lbs Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 tbs Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • Dash of Salt, for each drumstick

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Lay out drumsticks on the lined baking sheet, making sure not to over crowd.

Prepare Seasoning Mixture: Add ghee, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to a small microwaveable dish. Heat in the microwave 25-30 seconds to melt the ghee. Mix to combine.

Brush each chicken leg drumstick with the ghee seasoning mixture on all sides.

Sprinkle a dash of salt on each drumstick.

Place into the pre-heated oven and bake for 1 hour. After 1 hour, turn each drumstick and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97
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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    February 3, 2018 at 10:16 am

    These sound so delish! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! Pinned!!

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    Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck
    February 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Anything crispy and baked certainly gets my vote!

  • Reply
    laura
    February 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    We’ve got one in our house who prefer EVERYTHING simple-he’s gonna love this recipe!
    Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    March 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    What is ghee?

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      March 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Ghee is clarified butter and has a higher smoke point when cooking. You can sub regular butter if needed. 🙂

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    Amy - The Speedy Spatula
    August 17, 2018 at 9:02 am

    These drumsticks are perfection!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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    Lynsey Bizell
    April 24, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I have made this 5 times and it is my new go-to. Lately, I haven’t had much of an appetite- especially for protein and somehow i always want to eat these. They are absolutely perfect. I use Penzey’s Seasoning Salt in place of paprika and it’s so amazing. Also use butter and I have no complaints. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!

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      Julia Jordan
      April 24, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      Lynsey,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. It truly makes me happy when I hear that someone is enjoying my recipes.
      ~ Julia

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    Sandra
    September 30, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Made this recipe a couple of nights back, they are delicious! Best recipe I have found !!! I is a keeper!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      September 30, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      Sandra,
      Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know how much you enjoyed this recipe. That means the world to me.
      ~ Julia

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