How to Make Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

These Oven-baked Chicken Drumsticks Rock.

Here’s the deal, these oven-baked chicken drumsticks can quickly fill the gap for:

  • Barbecue drumstick need.
  • Fried drumstick craving,
  • Insanely delicious sticky Chicken
  • 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! SHARE THIS ON PINTEREST. ⤵️

These Healthy juicy Oven-baked Chicken Drumsticks are insanely delicious and super quick and easy to make! With a simple Paprika marinade, these chicken legs recipe comes together quickly! These are on another level of deliciousness! Super juicy and not dry at all; you can serve these drumsticks with fried rice, coconut rice, and Quinoa, salads, or just eat them like that! These chicken drumsticks are way better than fried chicken! #Chickenrecipe #bakedchicken #tenderbakedchicken #Juicydrumstickrecipe #Ovenbaked

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.

Super easy to make, and healthy oven-baked drumsticks recipe! Process photo, chicken marinated and ready to go into the oven!
Chicken drumsticks are seasoned, and placed on a foil-lined baking sheet just before putting in the oven.

The Best Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks.

In the world over chicken drumstick is generally loved and enjoyed at various occasion, and they are one of my favorite part of the chicken meat to eat. So as I serve more and more women, it becomes essential that I create recipes that are easy, delicious, healthy and family favorite such as these oven-baked chicken drumsticks. When you eat better, you feel better, and perform better. My goal is to lead you to your best health through my recipes even as simple as a chicken drumstick. Check out how I served these drumsticks with Quinoa Jollof. YUM! You never go wrong with serving chicken drumstick, be it at your backyard grill, potluck, graduation, summer family cook-off, welcome party, the list is endless, and chicken drumstick is always a winner! Click To Tweet

The is the best chicken drumsticks recipe out there - healthy, juicy, delicious and colorful!
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!

Easiest Oven-baked Chicken Drumsticks!

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 healthiest and easiest chicken recipe

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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How to Make Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


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. Preheat oven to 425 (I have also used broil sometimes. If you choose to broil, please keep an eye on it and flip it a couple of times to cook evenly.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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. This is highly recommended if you choose to broil this chicken. (Sometimes, I usually do not flip the chicken especially if baking.)
  4. Serve with whatever you choose or eat like that. The last time I made these drumsticks, I did serve this with 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.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Universal

Keywords: Chicken recipe, Chicken drumsticks, Baked Chicken, Healthy Recipe, Chicken dinner, easy recipe, Kidfriendly recipe,

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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.

    1. Hahahaha, Yes, sir!
      Oh, it was delicious. And the cornstarch helps all the other ingredients to stick to the drumsticks and oh, so, yummy.
      Please let know when you make it, Pastor Fred 🙂

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