How to Make Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

These Oven-baked Chicken Drumsticks Rock.

Here’s the deal, this very recipe can quickly fill the gap for:

Barbecue drumstick need.

Fried drumstick craving,

As well as for roasted or stewed chicken drumstick desire. Whatever you are longing for, you are at the right place.

First of all, I know you want quick and easy chicken drumsticks, so do I; as well as healthier, and nutritious, so do I too. And that makes both of us, and am sure these oven-baked chicken drumsticks will not disappoint. Woohoo!

In other words, this recipe provides you the yummy and deliciousness you long for without the added extra-unwanted calories from the brown sugars, barbecues sauces, and all the rest them that you must avoid.

Chicken drumsticks are seasoned, and placed on a foil-lined baking sheet just before putting in the oven.

Delightful Drumstick you Desire.

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When I say “this is the only chicken drumstick recipe you need,” am serious. This recipe is E V E R Y T H I N G – moist, yum, colorful and more!

Drumstick Deliciousness.

For this recipe we are going to need about eight (8) drumsticks, feel free to reduce or double, and do the same to the other ingredients (if you intend to cook less or more respectively.)

The secret ingredient that helps me to get the vibrant color and rich taste for this recipe is paprika, yay, paprika is made of dried ground bell peppers. And it gives me the natural color I need for this recipe.

With that said let’s begin, if you are ready.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: Entree

Cuisine: Universal

Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Servings: 8 Servings

How to Make Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe hands down is the best way to enjoy chicken drumstick that you love without the feeling of guilt. The good old chicken drumsticks, seasoned and baked up in the oven – YUM.


  • 8 medium size drumsticks
    Chicken dry rub ingredients:
  • 1 tipping tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • ½ tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tipping tsp. of seasoning powder or 1 – 2 cubes of Maggi (crushed)
  • 1 tsp. of cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. of salt (or generous amount of salt as needed; always use salt according to your taste, and health need)
  • ¼ tsp. of ground white pepper (or any other pepper)
  • A dash of crushed red pepper for extra spicy kick
  • A dash of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  1. Mix the entire dry rub except for the oil, place clean chicken in a clean bowl, and liberally sprinkle the rub on the already washed/clean chicken. Then sprinkle the oil on top as well. Wear gloves or use your clean hands and ensure the mix gets on every part of the chicken drumstick. Then place the marinated chicken on a (foiled lined) baking sheet and place in a 425 degrees already preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes (or until the drumsticks are cooked through or the internal thermometer reads 165, set aside.) You may flip the drumstick in the middle of baking to ensure even baking. I usually do not do this, not sure why. Enjoy, the last time I made these drumsticks, I did serve this quinoa Jollof, and they were divine.


Remember to pat the drumsticks down before seasoning them. This removes excess moisture.

Remember to always add salt according to your taste or according to your health needs.


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Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.


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