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Rosemary Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

How to make oven-baked chicken drumsticks that are juicy inside with crispy skin outside. Jump to the Rosemary Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Rosemary Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

We are obsessed with these drumsticks. We love dark meat, we love crispy chicken skin and we love easy meals. This one checks all the boxes. Make this for dinner soon, you won’t be disappointed.

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How to Bake Chicken Drumsticks

The most important thing about baking 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. Next, rub the drumsticks with oil, salt, pepper, and finely chopped rosemary. Or, swap out rosemary for other herbs. Have you seen our Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Old Bay – we love those, too!

Pat the chicken dry

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.

How to Bake Drumsticks

Bake the chicken in a hot oven for 20 minutes then use tongs to rotate each drumstick and bake until done. You will be left with moist and juicy baked chicken drumsticks with crispy skin — the best.

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Rosemary Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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These baked chicken drumsticks rubbed with rosemary are so easy to make at home. 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 an aluminum-lined baking sheet.

Makes 3 to 4 servings

You Will Need

2 pounds skin-on chicken drumsticks (about 6 drumsticks)

1 tablespoon neutral flavored oil such as vegetable or grape seed

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


    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 oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Arrange 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.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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26 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Kathleen June 7, 2016, 6:02 pm

    It was as easy as could be. I chose to use my fresh dried rosemary and lemon thyme an even mix of both crushed up. Absolutely delicious

  • Stephanie December 20, 2014, 11:55 pm

    This recipe is way too salty!!! Use about 1/4 of the recommended salt

    • Joanne January 4, 2017, 4:03 pm

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you very much for your comment! The salt called for in the recipe was incorrect. This has now been fixed.

  • Stephen June 13, 2014, 8:38 pm

    I’m a bit confused by a conflict in cooking times posted. At the top, you say to bake 15 minutes and turn and bake another 10 minutes. That would total 25 minutes.

    Below you say to bake 20 minutes and turn and bake another 20-25 minutes. That would total 40-45 minutes. That’s a rather significant discrepancy. The temperature is the same in both directions- 425 degrees.

    To add to the confusion, the summary says Prep Time 15 minutes. Cook Time 30 minutes.


    I’ve prepped the chicken and ready to put into oven. We’ll see. Fingers crossed (but not the legs!)

    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 12:30 pm

      Hi Stephen, We’re sorry about that. Go by the times stated in the recipe — we have updated the post with the proper times to prevent further confusion.

  • Mischa February 20, 2014, 8:41 pm

    Way too salty. I would make this again but only use a 1/2 tsp salt.
    I had no smoke and I don’t even have a hood fan, maybe they didn’t use enough oil on the chicken?

  • Jennifer February 15, 2014, 7:22 pm

    I don’t know about everyone else, but my drumsticks came out half raw after 15 min on either side at 425 degrees. They also were not crispy & I did turn them once and use a rack….however, they were marinated in a vinegar solution first. I did dry them off, but maybe there was just too much moisture.

    • Joanne February 27, 2014, 4:26 pm

      As long as the chicken was dry, it should have crisped up nicely. It can sometimes help to air dry the chicken for 20 to 30 minutes in the fridge to make the chicken extra crispy. We have updated our recipe to add a little extra buffer time for baking the chicken.

  • Diana September 7, 2013, 8:52 pm

    This was so good. Really tender and juicy. I think I’ll reduce the amount of salt next time though; it was way too salty for me.

  • Jaimey April 4, 2013, 8:55 pm

    These are delicious! Except how do I make them crispy if I do not have a rack…is there a trick I do not know about?

    Thanks for posting such a great easy recipe

    • Adam April 5, 2013, 11:59 am

      Glad you liked them. If you don’t have a rack and you want to make them extra crispy the trick is to rotate them often while they are baking.

  • Dawn March 22, 2013, 11:44 pm

    I made this wonderful for dinner tonight with mashed potatoes and carrots. Bravo!!


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