Easy Baked Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks ~ Marinated Drumsticks Make an Easy Dinner Recipe! Bake them and Finish with Barbecue Sauce for Juicy, Flavorful Drumsticks!
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I’m sure you will agree there are those recipes you love to serve when you are having guests over and want to serve more of a fancier meal than usual. Or there are those quick and simple appetizer style recipes that hold a spot in your recipe book for brunch or a ladies get together. Recipes like canapes, dips or easy sides.
This recipe, however, is a family favorite for those dinners you want to enjoy with your family around the table. One that is super easy to make and is enjoyed by the whole family. I love that the drumsticks are not fried. Baking is so much easier and healthier than frying and you don’t have to worry about standing at the stove top and frying the chicken to perfection.
Yes, fried chicken is so delicious and has a crunchiness that is so wonderful, but being able to bake the chicken yet get the feeling it wasn’t baked but perhaps fried is pretty phenomenal. The drumsticks are baked at a high temperature and gives it crunchiness you normally don’t get when baking food. Then adding the barbecue on the chicken and baking just a little longer makes the chicken so juicy and doesn’t lose much of flavor yet has the added flavor that the barbecue provides. You can use your favorite barbecue sauce. We love Sweet Baby Ray’s. It’s not too sweet, not too tangy and gives a great balance of both. You just cannot go wrong with this recipe, friends.
Whenever we serve recipes like this one, I always have sweet memories of when I was still at home and my mom would serve us chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and a side salad. We as kids loved drumsticks more than any other recipe she would serve us. It was one of those dinners everyone got their fingers in barbecue as they enjoyed their food and mom would not mind at all that we were making a huge mess.
Now, with my own family to cook for, it’s so special to serve my children and husband chicken and they have a wonderful time enjoying dinner and make memories they too will take with them.
This particular marinade is so delicious. It really adds juiciness and so much flavor to the chicken and takes away the blandness drumsticks can sometimes have. You need to let the drumsticks marinade at least 3 hours. I usually place the chicken into the marinade first thing in the morning and refrigerate covered, then just bake before we are ready to enjoy dinner. Then all I have to do it is just make some fresh mashed potatoes and a side. For the side we like baked asparagus or a spring salad or even a fresh grilled corn.
When making salads I always love preparing then with the kiddos together. Though making food with them takes twice as long (if not three times), the memories are unforgettable.
- 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
- 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp creamy horseradish
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup barbecue
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Combine the mayo, horseradish, oil, garlic, salt, paprika, and pepper. Pour over chicken. Mix well. Add onion, mix again. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Lay out chicken on baking sheet or parchment paper (clean-up will be easier). Discard of the onions. Bake about 35 minutes until skins of drumsticks become crispy (baking time may slightly vary, depending on the size of drumsticks).
- Coat drumsticks generously with barbecue sauce. Return to oven. Bake another 10-15 minutes.
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