Super Easy Chicken Drumstick Recipe

plate of chicken drumsticks, baked and ready to eat

My super easy chicken drumstick recipe makes very flavorful and juicy chicken drumsticks in your oven. Broiling them for a few minutes helps to seal the chicken so that it stays juicy and tasty. Not only is this recipe nut free, it’s also top 8 allergen free and sesame free.

(Update: this post was updated on 4/25/2022 with minor edits and to reflect updated food safety practices)

Super Easy Chicken Drumsticks by Nut Free Wok

Inspired by Dad’s recipe

My dad worked the swing shift so we didn’t have dinner with him on weeknights. Weekend dinners were our special family time and I especially loved it when my dad cooked and made pan fried chicken drumsticks in a skillet, which was different from the usual stir-fries and steamed dishes that we usually had. Season, sear, flip, sear, cover and then mouthwatering, juicy drumsticks for dinner and the entire house smelled wonderful.

When I was a busy mom of very little children, I needed to figure out how to scale up the recipe so that there would be leftovers for lunch the next day and faster clean up that didn’t involve cleaning up splatters (I did try a splatter guard, but it ended up trapping the steam and braised the chicken). This is a unique recipe inspired by my dad’s “Sear, flip, sear, and cover” stove top technique except in an oven.

My mom does a great job of making pan fried chicken drumsticks exactly the same way as my dad but she always requests that I make my oven broiled and baked chicken drumsticks for her everytime she comes over for a meal! I think the tables have been turned. Needless to say, this super easy chicken drumstick recipe is a favorite main dish at my house. Even though I make chicken drumsticks 1-2 times a month, I often change it up for a little variety.

Simple Variations

Variation 1: I follow the recipe as written below but after the chicken has been baking in the oven on the middle shelf for about 20 minutes, I brush on a little Mr. Yoshida sauce and continue baking for another 5-10 minutes. One can substitute other marinades, bbq sauces, honey, etc. depending on allergies and preferences.

Variation 2: If I have more time, instead of using powdered seasonings and salt, I marinate the chicken in 1 cup of Mr. Yoshida sauce, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and 2 chopped green onions and marinate the chicken for a few hours. I recommend watching the broiling times very closely as the marinated meat will char quickly.

In this variation, I brushed on some teriyaki sauce at the 20 minute point and baked it for 5 more minutes.

Important Recipe Notes:

  1. The FDA does not recommend washing or rinsing chicken before cooking. It’s a hard habit for me to break, but I’ve tried using a paper towel to wipe off any bone fragments and bits of feather and that seems to work for me. I updated the recipe instructions.
  2. After you broil the chicken, it’s important to remember to turn the broiler off and switch to bake for the remaining 25 minutes.

Allergy Aware Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe is free of peanuts, treenuts, milk, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat, and sesame! Yay for a top 8 plus sesame allergen free recipe that everyone can enjoy. If you have allergies to onions or garlic, pick a different spice that you can eat and try the technique. I use Mr. Yoshida’s Original Gourmet Sauce and sometimes I will use my Sharon’s Teriyaki Marinade Recipe: Easy, Delicious, & Nut Free Recipe.

Get ready for the most out the the world, moist, juicy and flavorful chicken! Enjoy!

plate of chicken drumsticks, baked and ready to eat
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Super Easy Chicken Drumsticks

Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Keyword chicken drumsticks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 160 kcal
Author Sharon Wong


  • 16-20 chicken drumsticks 1 family pack or 3 small trays
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place one oven rack second shelf from the top (about 5 inches from the broiler) and place a second oven rack in the middle.
  3. Check the drumsticks for any bone or feather fragments and use paper towels to wipe or remove them and pat dry the chicken drumsticks. Place them on your foil lined baking sheet.

  4. Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, parsley and salt and sprinkle half over the chicken, flip the chicken over and sprinkle the mixture on the other side (you can prep ahead to this point, wrap everything up and refrigerate for a few hours).
  5. When you are ready, preheat the broiler on high for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Broil for 4-5 minutes on the upper oven rack until the skin is a little browned but not charred (your kitchen will smell delicious already).

  7. Flip each piece of chicken over and broil for 4-5 minutes again until the skin is slightly browned but not charred.

  8. Move the tray of chicken to the middle oven rack.
  9. **Very important to change your oven setting to BAKE AT 350 °F** and set a timer for 25-27 minutes. You may optionally brush on some teriyaki sauce after 20 minutes and continue baking for 5-7 more minutes.

  10. The drumsticks are ready when the smaller drumsticks expose a little bit of bone.

More Recipe Suggestions:

For meal planning purposes, I usually set up my rice cooker to make rice before I start making the chicken. Then while the chicken is baking (see step 9), I will prep a veggie side dish. It’s very energy efficient to make Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower during the last 10 minutes of baking since the oven is already hot. I take the chicken out and then broil the cauliflower for a minute to brown the cheese.

Since I wrote this post in 2014 originally, I have more related recipes that might be of interest. If you like this recipe you might also like my recipe for Roasted Turkey Drumsticks For Everyone.

Slow cooker lovers will like this very hands-free chicken drumstick recipe, check out 5 Spice Soy Sauce Chicken Drumsticks, a Slow Cooker Recipe.

If you have a lot of drumsticks, you can cook them in soup such as Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Corn and Vegetables, A Dream Come True or Instant Pot Chicken Corn Egg Drop Soup Recipe. Or make chicken congee Instant Pot Chicken Congee (Chicken Jook).

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


    • I recently baked some chicken at the same temperature until done and it was just so dry and blah. Broiling later might end up crispier, I haven’t tried it. I was taught to sear first for juicier meat and that’s why I broil first.

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