If you’re stuck in a meal-planning rut and need an extremely simple recipe to pull you out of it, add a family pack of chicken legs to your grocery list and make a big batch of these Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks ASAP!
I just started making them again a few months ago (they were tricky when the kids were younger) but my old standby recipe for chicken drumsticks has become an instant sensation with the Dekker children — all of whom ask for seconds every time I make them!
As you’ll see by the super simple “recipe” below (if you can really even call it a recipe), Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks are just about the easiest meal to make.
They require a little extra time to bake, but as long as you have the ability to shake some seasonings and shove a pan in the oven, you totally have this meal covered!
- chicken drumsticks (or any type of chicken)
- garlic salt
- preheat oven to 425ºF
- place chicken pieces in a large baking dish
- sprinkle generously with paprika, garlic salt, and pepper
- bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until chicken is cooked through
You can use any type of chicken for this recipe -- you just might need to adjust the cooking time.
Keep in mind that chicken with bones will take longer to cook than boneless chicken breasts -- however, it totally depends on how thick your boneless chicken breasts are. I'd start with 30 minutes for boneless chicken, and add additional time as necessary.
Also, feel free to cover chicken with aluminum foil if the skin starts browning too quickly.
It only takes 5 minutes to get a huge pan of chicken ready for the oven… and I use the hour-long baking time to whip up a few other side dishes.
It feels like we’re eating a big holiday meal with minimal effort on my part.
Plus, I usually make enough to have leftovers as a second meal later in the week so I save time later in the week too! (NOTE: reheat in the oven at 350º for 20 minutes or for about 2 minutes in the microwave.)
Our Favorite Side Dishes for Baked Chicken:
- Cheesy hashbrown potatoes
- Mashed Potato Casserole
- From-scratch Mashed Potatoes
- Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
- Semi-Homemade Baked Beans
- Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Vegetables
- Baked Carrots
- Broccoli Bacon Salad
- Easy Layer Salad
- Fresh Fruit
- Fresh Bread or Rolls
More of our Favorite Easy Chicken Recipes:
- Crispy Cheddar Chicken Bake
- Easy Pesto Chicken
- Chicken Parmesan
- Mango Salsa Chicken
- Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
- Chicken and Wild Rice Stew
I shared the “recipe” for these oven-baked chicken drumsticks in my Instagram stories a couple of months ago. Since then, I have gotten SO many messages from people who have made it (and begged me to put the recipe on my blog.)
I hope this easy recipe will help you simplify dinnertime for your family… and give you a little extra time and mental energy to devote to the other projects and to-dos on your list!
What’s for dinner at your house tonight?
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