Crispy-Skinned Baked Chicken Drumsticks


  • 8 (4 oz each) skin-on chicken drumsticks (about 2 lb. total weight)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the drumsticks in a single layer on the parchment.
  • Make the seasoning paste: In a medium bowl, use a fork or a spatula to mix the olive oil, salt, pepper, and spices.
  • Using a pastry brush or your hands, coat the chicken pieces with the seasoning paste.
  • Bake the drumsticks uncovered until their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 40 minutes.
  • Baste the drumsticks with the pan juices using a clean pastry brush. Serve immediately.


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