Having grown up in Annapolis, Maryland, we love Old Bay seafood seasoning. That’s why we love these crispy baked drumsticks dusted with Old Bay. Jump to the Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.
These drumsticks are simple to make and if you aren’t the Old Bay type, throw in your favorite seasoning blend — herbs de Provence, thyme and rosemary, ancho chili powder or other favorite seasonings.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: How to make oven-baked chicken drumsticks that are juicy inside with crispy skin outside. Jump to the Rosemary Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe.
How to Bake Drumsticks with Crispy Skin
The most important thing about baking drumsticks is to pat them dry. The chicken needs to be as dry as possible before we bake, this way the skin will crisp up. Rub the chicken drumsticks with a little melted butter or oil and season with Old Bay.
If you have one, place the drumsticks on a cooling rack that is set inside a rimmed baking sheet. This raises the chicken up and allows the heat from the oven to evenly bake the drumsticks. If you don’t have a baking sheet that will fit a rack inside of it, just use a regular baking sheet. Bake the drumsticks in a hot oven for 15 minutes then use tongs to rotate each drumstick and bake another 10 minutes (or until done).
That’s it, we told you it was easy. You will be left with moist and juicy baked chicken drumsticks with crispy skin — so good.
Recipe updated, originally posted February 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Old Bay Dusted Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
We like to use a baking rack inserted into a rimmed baking sheet for this — if you do not have one, you can just place the chicken directly onto the baking sheet. The skin won’t crisp as much, but will still be rendered.
You Will Need
6 chicken drumsticks with skin
2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. If you have one that fits, lay an oven-safe rack inside the baking sheet, this helps get the chicken extra crispy – see note below. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
Pat the drumsticks dry, and then rub with the butter and Old Bay seasoning. Place the chicken onto the rack/baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, turn the chicken, and then bake until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit; 20 to 25 minutes. Let chicken rest 5 minutes, and then serve.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- If you do not have a wire rack that will fit inside a baking sheet (here’s one online), you can still make the drumsticks. Arrange them on an aluminum-lined baking sheet, without the rack and rotate a few times during baking.