The Best Crunchy Baked Chicken Drumsticks – easy oven baked chicken drumsticks with a tastes like fried crispy crunch – keto and low carb approved!
If you love chicken drumsticks, but you’re a little worried to make them for yourself at home, this recipe is for you.
Chicken drumsticks are crunchy, full of meaty flavor, great to make for parties/cookouts, and are economical – making them an easy pick, especially for families keto dieters.
This recipe is based off my wildly popular Crunchy Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks – but with a little more flexibility in the flavors, so you can add other sauces, herbs, or flavors with confidence. I designed this recipe to be insanely adaptable, so you can change it up and add your own sauces, herbs, or spices to fit your tastes!
These crispy, crunchy chicken legs taste like they are fried in the most delicious, savory garlic butter – but they come straight from your oven, with very little ingredients and just a baking sheet, cooling rack, and basting brush!
That’s really all you need for the most tender and juicy on the inside, crispy crunchy on the outside chicken drumsticks.
This recipe makes perfect naturally keto baked chicken drumsticks – we don’t add anything but a few spices, garlic, and butter combined with a hot oven to get the “crunch” you love from fried chicken, without all the breading, calories, and carbs!
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HOW TO REHEAT BAKED CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS
I am often asked how to freeze and reheat my recipes – and reheating crunchy baked chicken is one of my most popular questions!
HOW TO BAKE LEFTOVER CHICKEN LEGS
To bake chicken legs again after refrigerating, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Coat chicken leg with BBQ sauce – just enough to coat entire leg, about 1 tbsp.
Place chicken leg on cooling rack over baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes, until piping hot.
Broil for extra 1-2 minutes to crisp.
HOW TO GRILL LEFTOVER CHICKEN LEGS
My absolute favorite way to reheat baked chicken drumsticks is to pop them on the grill!
Get coals lit and arranged, or light gas grill and set to high, and bring to 350 degrees.
Baste chicken drumsticks with BBQ sauce.
Place chicken drumsticks in foil pouch.
Add to grill and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until chicken is piping hot.
Finish directly on grill for crunchier chicken drumsticks.
HOW TO PAN FRY LEFTOVER CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS
To reheat chicken drumsticks in a pan, use a heavy nonstick pan.
Melt 1-2 tbsp butter on high heat until frothy.
Add chicken to hot nonstick pan over medium high heat.
Pan fry chicken legs, moving frequently, until crispy.
HOW TO GET CRUNCHY BAKED CHICKEN LEGS IN THE OVEN
This method relies on developing a crunchy baked crust on the chicken legs, which isn’t labor intensive, but you will need to watch your chicken drumsticks carefully and “mop” them with melted garlic butter, much like you would BBQ sauce, like in my favorite BBQ chicken drumsticks recipe.
First off, I prefer to add chicken legs to oven on a cooling rack – not directly on a baking sheet.
This helps to lift your chicken off the baking sheet, so air can move evenly around the chicken and crisp it instead of getting soggy in the butter that drips off.
Let chicken bake about 40 minutes before adding butter – until skin is crispy, and fat around the drumstick has started to render and melt away.
Try to flip chicken drumsticks every 10 minutes to ensure it crisps evenly on all sides.
I prefer using tongs coated with heat resistant silicone coated tongs so they don’t stick to the chicken skin.
With a silicone brush, lightly brush chicken with melted butter, flipping its side each time you add another coat of butter, about every 10 minutes until butter is used up (which will take about 30 minutes.)
When chicken is fully cooked, turn on broiler, and broil for two minutes on each side to give a little extra crunch to chicken skin.
Remove chicken when skin looks bubbly and shiny – watch closely to make sure it doesn’t burn!
AIR FRYER CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS
This recipe for baked chicken drumsticks is one of my favorites – but if you’re looking for how to make addictively delicious chicken drumsticks in an air fryer, be sure to check out my Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks Recipe.
Crispy drumsticks are so delicious in the air fryer – and you can use the basting butter method we use here, but in the air fryer!
And don’t forget my favorite way to make french fries at home – my Air Fryer French Fries recipe goes perfectly with delicious chicken legs!
Crunchy Baked Chicken Wings
The first question I get when people read the original crunchy BBQ chicken drumsticks recipe is how to convert the recipe for chicken wings…. and luckily, it couldn’t be easier!
You can check out my Crispy Baked Chicken Wings post for full instructions, or my favorite Lemon Garlic Parmesan baked wings – the sauce you toss them in at the end would be AMAZING on this chicken drumstick recipe!
The Best Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
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The Best Crunchy Baked Chicken Drumsticks - easy oven baked chicken drumsticks with a tastes like fried crispy crunch - keto and low carb approved!
- 4 lb chicken drumsticks (about 12)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Garlic butter baste:
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thoroughly pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
In a small bowl, mix together spices (all ingredients but chicken, butter, and minced garlic.)
Coat chicken in dry rub, let sit 30 minutes to overnight.
Add chicken to oven on a cooling rack sitting atop a baking sheet.
Let chicken bake about 40 minutes before adding butter baste - until skin is crispy and fat has started to render.
Flip chicken drumsticks every 10 minutes to ensure it crisps evenly on all sides.
In a small pot, melt butter with minced garlic on stove until soft and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Do not let garlic burn.
With a silicone brush, lightly brush chicken with melted butter and minced garlic, flipping its side each time you add another coat of butter, about every 10 minutes until butter is used up (about 30 minutes.)
When chicken is ready, turn on broiler and broil for two minutes on each side to give a little extra crunch to chicken skin.
Amount Per Serving Calories 327Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 205mgSodium 579mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 37g
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