Baked chicken drumsticks are simple to make, and when dusted with Old Bay seasoning, they taste fantastic! Read on for our tips on baking chicken drumsticks so that they are crispy. Jump to the Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
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.
How to Bake Drumsticks So That They Are Crispy
When baking chicken, we use two tricks to make sure that the skin crisps in the oven:
First, it is important to pat the chicken dry — when you do this, the skin crisps up nicely in the oven. Then, to help them a little more, rub them with a bit of oil or melted butter after patting them dry.
Second, bake the drumsticks in a scorching oven. We love setting our oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, a baking rack inset into a rimmed baking sheet is a great idea. The rack lifts the chicken off of the baking sheet, helping hot air circulate and brown the skin.
We bake drumsticks for 20 to 25 minutes or until the skin is golden brown and the meat is opaque on the inside. If you have an internal thermometer, insert it into a thicker part of the drumstick and look for a reading of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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 Baked Chicken Drumsticks
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 or favorite chicken seasoning
1Heat 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 the chicken skin become crispy– see note below—spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
2Pat the chicken drumsticks dry, and then rub with the butter and Old Bay seasoning. Place the chicken onto the rack/baking sheet.
3Bake for 20 minutes, turn the drumsticks and then bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- If you do not have a wire rack that will fit inside a baking sheet, you can still make the drumsticks. Arrange them on an aluminum-lined baking sheet, without the rack and rotate a few times during baking.