Buttery Garlic Baked Drumsticks

This week I’ve done my favorite chicken recipes! I have some I didn’t get to share again but maybe I’ll do chicken week again soon. As promised I have a NEW super simple chicken recipe to share. It’s sure to be a hit in your family!

This recipe is made with chicken drumsticks! Ok, let’s talk about the drumsticks for a minute here. Drumsticks are really just oversized chicken wing if you think about it. The drumsticks are bigger and have more meat on them therefore you don’t have to eat a dozen to feel fulfilled. Oh wait, you don’t eat a dozen wings? Must just be me? HaHa!

I have made drumsticks a lot lately and if you check out my Instagram feed (check to the left of this page to follow me on IG) you will definitely see a lot of different variations of drumsticks. I’ve made all different flavors from spicy, to bbq to lemon pepper and this one I’m sharing today is a simple Buttery Garlic flavor.

The good thing about drumsticks is you can usually find them at a very reasonable price. I’ve gotten for less than a dollar a pound at the big name box stores. I usually buy a huge pack and freeze them in portions. Remember chicken drumsticks don’t have a ton of meat on them, so make sure to plan accordingly an adult may need 2-3 drumsticks. Drumsticks only weigh about 4oz and only yield about 1-2 oz of actual meat.

My go to way to cook drumsticks or even chicken thighs to get that nice crispy skin is in that oven! I know a lot of people like to put them on the grill, which can also be done. I just prefer to oven bake them. The chicken always comes out super moist. I personally feel like the grill is so much less forgiving than the oven. You can’t come back from over grilled chicken.

When making the chicken in the oven you can do it 2 different ways. I’ve done it both, but now I pretty much do the way with the easiest clean up! You can place the chicken on an oven rack over a baking dish or deeper sheet pan. This helps keep the chicken from sitting in the fat while cooking and helps for even cooking all around. You can try to make it easier to clean up by covering the sheet pan or baking dish with foil. But we all know that even when you remove that foil from cooking chicken that pan will STILL be greasy and you will STILL need to wash it. Just do what I do and either COMPLETELY line a baking sheet with foil. I mean wrap that up completely. OR you can use disposable cookie sheets. You can buy a 2 pack at the dollar store! I know people may give me a hard time about that but honestly, busy people need some easy ides for quick clean up and I HATE washing pans from cooking.

Ok, I got side track, let’s get back to to the recipe.

Buttery Garlic Baked Drumstick

6 chicken drumsticks
1/2 (4T) stick salted butter, melted
4 T garlic, minced or grated
2 t dried parsley
2 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t pepper

Direction: Preheat oven to 400°. Pat dry the drums. Try and pull the skin over to completely cover the drum. Sometimes the skin starts to slide off or not cover completely.

In the bowl of melted butter, add in the garlic and parsley. Mix well and set aside. Grease the cooking pan with cooking spray. This will keep the chicken from sticking. Even if using the disposable pan, still spray it. Lay out the chicken on the baking pan and season with salt, pepper and onion powder.

Bake chicken in the oven for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush butter mixture on the drumsticks and place back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes. (Note: Cooking times will vary depending on oven and size of drumsticks.) The chicken is cooked when it reaches an internal temp of 165°. Remember, the drumstick is the dark meat so it won’t be white in color like a chicken breast. Let set a few minutes and then enjoy with your favorite sides or a salad.


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My name is Julie. I'm 36 years old and living in Chicago! I'm am east coaster at heart. I love to cook and create new dishes. Check out my blog!

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