Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks are a popular and cost-effective cut of chicken that is enjoyed by many. This recipe for crispy baked chicken drumsticks offers a simple yet flavorful way to prepare them. The combination of spices and the baking method creates a deliciously crispy skin while keeping the meat tender and juicy.

I remember my mom making these crispy baked chicken drumsticks for dinner when I was growing up. They were always a hit with my siblings and me, and we would always fight over who got the last one. Now I make them for my own family, and they are just as popular.


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  3. Dip each chicken drumstick into the flour mixture, making sure to coat it well. Shake off any excess flour.
  4. Place the coated drumsticks onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle the melted butter over the drumsticks, making sure to coat them evenly.
  6. Bake the drumsticks for 35-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Turn the drumsticks over halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.
  7. Remove the drumsticks from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

These crispy baked chicken drumsticks are perfect for a family dinner or a casual get-together with friends. Serve them with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad. They also make a great addition to a game day spread or a summer barbecue. Enjoy!

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