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Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe with Old Bay

by on February 15, 2011 · 27 comments

Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Old Bay

We both grew up in Annapolis, Maryland.

We both love Maryland.

We both love Old Bay.

Old Bay on grilled corn,

Old Bay on crabs,

but our favorite?  This Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe dusted with Old Bay seasoning.

So simple, so easy and if you aren’t the Old Bay type, throw in your favorite — herbs de provence — thyme and rosemary — ancho chili powder  – they all work for chicken drumsticks.  Just keep that oven to a high temperature for moist chicken with crispy skin.

Making Our Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe Dusted with Old Bay

The most important thing about baked chicken drumsticks is to rinse and pat dry the chicken. The chicken needs to be as dry as possible before we bake, this way the skin will crisp up.

Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe with Old Bay -- Dry Chicken Drumsticks

Next, rub the chicken drumsticks with a little oil and the Old Bay.

Then, if you have one, arrange 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 425 F degree oven for 15 minutes then use tongs to rotate each drumstick and bake another 10 minutes (or until done).

Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe with Rosemary - Flipping the Chicken Drumsticks

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.

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Old Bay
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An easy recipe for chicken drumsticks, baked in the oven and dusted with Old Bay seasoning. 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.
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Yield: 2
You Will Need
  • 6 Chicken dumsticks with skin (opt for free range and organic if you can)
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Inset a cooling rack into a baking sheet with sides (or, if you do not have a rack, you can use the baking sheet as is).
  2. Rinse and pat dry drumsticks. Rub with oilOld Bay seasoning. Arrange chicken onto rack/baking sheet.
  3. Bake 15 minutes, turn chicken, then bake another 10 to 15 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Let chicken rest 5 minutes then serve.
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1 Mrs. L February 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

You know I have a can of Old Bay Seasoning but I’ve only ever used it for shrimp. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.


2 joey February 16, 2011 at 4:06 am

Living in the Philippines Old Bay is not really on our radar at all. But I ordered a canister from my mum when she was in the states and it is now sitting in my pantry waiting to be used…this recipe sounds perfect and simple! I will be doing this soon! Any other Old Bay ideas would be much appreciated :)


3 Eliana February 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love me some old bay but I normally only have it in seafood. Will have to try is on some chicken soon because this look delish.


4 Heather February 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hmmm. Better not let Josh see this… :)


5 Murasaki Shikibu February 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

A recipe for two is really nice. Most recipes are for more people. This sounds really yummy. :)


6 inspiredtaste February 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

Mrs. L – We love Old Bay with shrimp too, but you must try with chicken – the flavor is slightly softer with the butter and skin (that gets nice and crispy) than when you use it on shrimp.

joey – wow, a comment all the way from the Philippines! Thanks so much, the recipe is really simple and a great way to use that Old Bay you have in the pantry.

Eliana – Old Bay with chicken is phenomenal – we first tried it back in Maryland when we ordered some old bay hot wings, since then we have been hooked!

Heather – I don’t know, you may want to show him, it could gain us some points!

Murasaki Shikibu – thanks, we usually only ever cook for two, so unless we want to shoot for lots of leftovers, we keep the serving size down. In this case though, it is a simple recipe to double, triple or otherwise.


7 KitchenArtistry February 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

This looks so tasty! We’d love to have you feature some of your dishes at kitchenartistry.com


8 john February 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I have been secretly using Old Bay on chicken cutlets for chicken parm for years. Sprinkle on cutlets before FEB.


9 inspiredtaste February 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

John – Awesome idea, the old bay seasons so nicely! (hope we didn’t ruin your secret)


10 Janet February 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I use Old Bay in Crab Bisque and my son puts it in clam chowder. Costco has it in giant containers.


11 Min {Honest Vanilla} February 17, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Wow gotta give this recipe a try! Oh sprinkle it on popcorns too, trust me :)


12 Jamie K February 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I haven’t even gone through the rest of your site but by this post alone I think this is now one of my favorites. Oh, how this temporarily displaced Maryland girl loves, loves, loves Old Bay. I’ve managed to convert some Wisconsin natives (and my Ohio-born fiance) to the magic of Old Bay wings.


13 inspiredtaste February 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

Jamie K – Oh you must continue to convert others to love Old Bay! Spread the love! Thank you for the comment!!!
~Joanne and Adam


14 Erin February 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I made this tonight, but with boneless skinless chicken instead. It was phenomenal! Thanks guys!


15 inspiredtaste March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

Awesome! Thanks, Erin!


16 k.c. July 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I’m going to give it a try,Kelton…


17 Casey October 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I have made this now 3 times for my family (including 2 children under 6) and we gobble them up each time! thanks for this simple and goto delight that u have shared!


18 inspiredtaste October 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Yay! You made our day, Casey! So glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe!
-Joanne and Adam


19 stephanie October 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

yummm…just made this. Thank you!


20 AnnaZed April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I make a roast chicken with Old bay almost every Sunday! We buy the giant tin at the Restaurant supply, it’s that beloved a stuff around here (it’s the celery salt I think); also indispensable in tuna sandwiches.


21 Joanne April 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

oooh, yum … can we come over on Sunday ;)


22 Jackie August 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm


What is the 2 tablespoons of melted butter for?


23 Pennylane October 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

What a great idea. Being that I live in Florida we eat a lot of seafood and use Old Bay seasoning. Will definitely have to try this one out on chicken.


24 Jeanette June 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Just saw yr recipe on the baked chicken with old bay seasoning. I am from Singapore and find like o bay seasoning . What is it?? Shall appreciate if you will enlightened. We may not have some of the ingredients but am sure if we have an idea we will be able to find a substitute.
Also more pixs as some of the items used in yr recipe we are clueless



25 Joanne August 8, 2014 at 11:25 am

Hi there, Old Bay is a popular seafood seasoning here in the States. Here’s a link to the product: http://www.oldbay.com/products/old-bay-seasoning.aspx


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