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Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks on a plate with barbecue sauce in a small bowl in the background.
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Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Quick and easy to make chicken drumsticks for the whole family!
prep time 10 mins
cook time 45 mins
total time 55 mins
servings: 12 servings
calories: 138kcal
author: Salt & Baker


  • 12 chicken drumsticks patted dry with paper towels (keep skin on)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil for spritzing


  • Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place a baking rack overtop of the baking sheet, lightly spray the wire rack with cooking spray. If you don’t have one, spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large ziplock bag combine the flour,cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, basil, thyme, oregano, and salt and pepper. Shake to combine the ingredients. 
  • Place 2 drumsticks in the bag, seal, and shake to coat. Once the drumsticks are coated with flour remove from the bag and transfer to the wire rack. 
  • Continue adding drumsticks to the bag, 2 at a time, until all are covered in the flour mixture. Spritz the drumsticks with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then turn them over. Continue baking for an additional 20 minutes. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until the tops have browned. *
  • Bake until meat reaches 185°F.  Remove from the oven and serve plain or with your favorite barbecue sauce. 


*Broiling is optional. I like to do it to add the extra crisp and toasty exterior. Just be mindful of the chicken and watch it carefully so that it doesn't burn.
You can replace the garlic powder with garlic salt. Just keep in mind the breading will be much saltier. If you choose to go this route I suggest reducing the amount of salt added to only 1/2 to 1 tsp or so.
Have fun with the seasonings! Add more or less and feel free to substitute different herbs.
Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 197mg | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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