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Stack of chicken drumsticks on wooden plate garnished with chopped parsley.
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Baked Chicken Legs

Tender, juicy chicken legs that are tossed in seasonings and baked until they have a crispy skin!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 8 chicken drumsticks about 2 lb
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degree F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking oil. Set aside.
  • Remove drumsticks from packaging. Pat them dry with paper towels. Place into a bowl or resealable plastic bag. Add oil oil and toss to coat.
  • In a small bowl combine seasonings. Add to bowl/bag and toss until chicken is coated.
  • Place drumsticks on the baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees or higher.



  • Technically the internal temperature needs to be 165 degrees F, but I find that there are no bloody spots around the bones if you cook it a little longer and the chicken is fall off the bone tender and juicy.
How long does baked chicken last?
Cooked chicken lasts for up to four days in the refrigerator. You can enjoy it warmed up, but the skin won't be as crispy. Sometimes I just pull the meat off the bone and store it for easy sandwiches and salads for lunch. It's delicious cold or warmed up!


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg