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Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks on a tray, fresh out of the oven

This is just a wonderful, basic baked chicken drumsticks recipe you can get in the oven rapidly. A three-ingredient seasoning adds terrific flavour and colour. Meanwhile, the secret to a beautiful crispy skin is a touch of baking powder. Do not think me? Study the evaluations in my Genuinely Crispy Baked Chicken Wings which utilizes the very same trick!

Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks on a tray, fresh out of the oven

Crispy Baked Chicken Legs

If you ask me, on a sheer scale of munchability (new word) chicken drumsticks beats out chicken breasts any old day. I’d rather be grabbing a drumstick with my fingers and chomping that meaty flesh off the bone than daintily nibbling a chicken breast with a knife and fork!

But, perhaps that is just me.

So if you are in my camp – or basically, even if you are not (!) &#x1f607 – here’s a terrific every day chicken drumsticks recipe to attempt. It is flavoured with a basic, BBQ rub-like seasoning created with just paprika, onion and garlic powder (bet you have got all three in your pantry!!) bulked out with flour to coat the legs all more than.

As for a small trick to get the skin good and crispy? A touch of baking powder. Yep, truly. Study on!

Showing the juicy inside of Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Seasoned, baked chicken legs. Crispy skin, juicy insides!
Pile of Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks
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Seasoning for Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Here’s what you require to make these drumsticks. Baking powder is the secret components that tends to make the skin crispy. Meanwhile flour is utilized to bulk out the seasoning mix so we can coat the chicken legs all more than.

Ingredients for Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks seasoning
  • Chicken drumsticks – When I’m working with chicken legs for this recipe, chicken wings and skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs can also be utilized.

  • Baking powder (for crispy skin!) – NOT to be confused with baking soda / bi-carb which is unique! Baking powder is a attempted and verified ingredient utilized in my baked chicken wings to make chicken skin crispier. There’s a bunch of science behind why it operates, but all you require to know is that it does!

    For comprehensive transparency, I will be upfront in saying the skin in this recipe is not as shatteringly crisp as it is in the wings. This is since the wings have just plain skin whereas these legs are coated in seasoning, which does inhibit crisping (in return for extra flavour coating!) On the other hand, without having any baking powder at all, the drumstick chicken skin is just borderline soggy. Non-crispy chicken skin is fine in itself if you are baking drumsticks with a glaze, like my Sticky Honey Soy Baked Chicken or Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks. But for this recipe, it is SO a lot nicer when the skin is a small crisp!

  • Spice mix – We’re working with a mixture of smoked or plain paprika, onion and garlic powder right here. These three spices are a classic, American barbecue rub-like seasoning mixture I use in quite a few dishes (such as my rub for pork chops and baked chicken breasts). Onion and garlic powder can be substituted with extra of the other, if you do not have each.

  • Flour – This is utilized to bulk out the seasoning so we can coat the chicken legs evenly all more than.

Seasoning for Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Bulking out the seasoning with flour indicates we can coat the legs evenly all more than.

How to make Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

The trick to crispy baked drumsticks is to stretch the skin more than the drumsticks as a lot as attainable (since flesh will not go crisp!) and then coat the skin evenly all more than with the seasoned flour.

How to make Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks
  1. Seasoning – Mix the spices and flour with each other in a bowl. Use a shallow bowl as it is much easier coat the chicken legs in the seasoning.

  2. Coat drumsticks in oil – The oil tends to make the seasoning stick to the chicken as effectively as assisting the skin go good and brown as it bakes. I locate it is easiest to rub it all more than working with my hands to assure every drumstick is effectively-coated.

  3. Stretch skin – The extra skin that stays place more than the flesh, the crispier your drumsticks! So pull and stretch the skin to cover the flesh as most effective you can. Some of the skin will nevertheless shrink back as it bakes anyway, but if you skip this step entirely you will finish up with a mainly naked drumstick &#x1f62d

  4. Coat legs in the seasoning – Dip, turn, use fingers for sprinkling on top rated as necessary. Then shake off the excess, otherwise you finish up with very a thick layer of pasty-ish coating on the chicken legs.

  5. Rack on tray – Spot the legs on a rack on a foil-lined tray. Why foil-lined? It tends to make your clean up life much easier. Why rack? For crispy undersides! Do not have a rack? Line with paper rather and turn the drumsticks halfway, and anticipate to add an further five to ten minutes to the bake time to make the top rated crispy.

    Spray with oil – Then spray the legs with oil. Be generous! It tends to make them extra crispy and golden, practically like a frying impact!

  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 200°C/390°F (180°C fan), rotating the tray after to assist them cook evenly. Then crank the oven up to 220°C/430°C (200°C fan) and bake for a additional 15 minutes till they’re crisp and golden. You could locate you require an further five minutes to get the skin crispy, based on how evenly the heat is distributed in your oven.

    After they’re prepared, serve them up straight away though they’re good and hot!

Tray of freshly made Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks with fried rice

What to serve with Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

These drumsticks are quite universal in character and friendly with a wide variety of other dishes. Attempt these drumsticks with Fried Rice and a basic Garden Salad, as pictured above. Else, make up a major batch of Macaroni Salad or Potato Salad – these are wonderful major batch sides that keeps in the fridge for days. For a thing unique, there’s also my marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad (outstanding starch + veg side), a Quinoa Kale Salad (the kale is marinated!) or a major Sweet Potato Salad.

For extra concepts, have a browse by way of my collection of Side Dishes (potato, pasta, rice, salads, veg!).

Appreciate to know if you attempt this – let me know what you consider! – Nagi x


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Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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Recipe video above. This is just a wonderful, basic chicken drumsticks recipe you can get in the oven rapidly. Tossed in a three-ingredient, barbecue rub-like seasoning, they are beautifully crispy thanks to a touch of baking powder, a attempted and verified secret ingredient in my Truly Crispy Baked Chicken Wings recipe!

Guidelines

  • Preparation: Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F (180°C fan-forced). Line a tray with foil then location a rack on the tray (tends to make the underside of the drumsticks crispier, Note four).

  • Seasoning: Mix the Seasoning components in a shallow bowl.

  • Coat in oil: Toss the drumsticks in the olive oil. Stretch and pull the skin on every drumsticks to cover as a lot of the flesh as attainable.

  • Coat in seasoning: Coat a drumstick in the Seasoning then shake the excess off effectively. Spot on the rack. Repeat with remaining drumsticks.

  • Spray with oil: Spray the legs generously with oil.

  • Bake for 30 minutes, rotating the tray halfway by way of. Boost the oven to 220°C / 430°F (200°C fan) then bake for a additional 15 minutes or till the skin is crispy. Delight in!

Recipe Notes:

1. Other chicken cuts – You could also use chicken wings (very same cook time and temp) or skin-on, bone-in thighs (bake 35 minutes at 200°C/390°F (180°C fan) then 15 minutes at the greater temp, per recipe).
two. Substitute for spices:
Garlic powder: extra onion powder
Onion powder: extra garlic powder
Smoked paprika: extra ordinary/sweet paprika

three. Baking powder objective – Not to be confused with baking soda / bi-carb which is like triple strength baking powder and will NOT taste good!! 
Baking powder is a secret trick to make chicken skin crispier, a attempted and verified system with chicken wings (pretty well-liked recipe on my web page!). It does not make these drumsticks shatteringly crispy since they’re seasoned rather than getting plain skin (like the wings) but if you make these drumsticks without having, they are noticeably significantly less crispy. You cannot taste the baking powder.
four. Tray prep – Why foil-lined? It tends to make your clean up life much easier. Why rack? For crispy undersides! Do not have a rack? Line with paper rather and turn the drumsticks halfway, and anticipate to add an further five to ten minutes to the bake time to make the top rated crispy.
five. Nutrition per serving (ie five servings, two.four drumsticks per particular person &#x1f602)

Nutrition Info:

Calories: 395cal (20%)Carbohydrates: teng (three%)Protein: 33g (66%)Fat: 24g (37%)Saturated Fat: fiveg (31%)Polyunsaturated Fat: fivegMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 167mg (56%)Sodium: 893mg (39%)Potassium: 745mg (21%)Fiber: 1g (four%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 1073IU (21%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 138mg (14%)Iron: twomg (11%)

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