Baked chicken drumsticks are a tasty and budget-friendly option for a weeknight dinner or a casual gathering with friends and family. Not only are they easy to make, but they also offer endless possibilities for seasoning and flavoring. Plus, they’re a healthier alternative to fried chicken.
To make baked chicken drumsticks, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 8-12 chicken drumsticks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Your choice of seasoning (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Rinse the chicken drumsticks and pat them dry with paper towels. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season the drumsticks with salt, pepper, and any other seasoning of your choice. Some options might include Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, or a store-bought chicken seasoning blend.
Bake the drumsticks for 35-40 minutes, or until they are cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). You can check the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the drumstick.
Serve the baked chicken drumsticks hot, with your choice of dipping sauces or side dishes. Some options might include BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or a honey mustard glaze. You could also serve them with a simple green salad, roasted vegetables, or mashed potatoes.
Baked chicken drumsticks are a versatile and easy-to-prepare option that is sure to please everyone at the table. With a little bit of seasoning and a brief stint in the oven, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying meal in no time.