Best Chicken Drumstick Recipe – Shake ‘n’ Bake for the Win!

Hands up if you love a chicken drumstick recipe? ME TOO. I love them because they’re easy to cook, easy to eat and they’re super easy on my grocery budget. Everyone wins with chicken drummies. So here’s a fantastic way to amp up the flavour on this budget-friendly chicken cut, with next to no dishes at all. Just shake it, baby!

As much as I LOVE food, I admit, I can be a lazy cook. Perhaps not so much lazy as what I am… partial to a shortcut. And this recipe is all that. A simple packet of 1.5kg chicken drumsticks (well under $10) can be transformed with minimal fuss – and minimal mess with this chicken drumstick recipe.

The chicken drumstick recipe that’s the minimal fuss in every sense of the word

Dried spices, oil and a hint of fresh green herbs is all you need. I’ve used fresh parsley here but if you’re not offended by coriander (coriander is life, by the way), that would be just as delicious. It just gives the chicken that lifts freshness upon serving.

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You don’t need a lot for this chicken drumstick recipe to taste finger-licking-good!

Tip: This chicken drumstick recipe is just as good cold as what it is hot, perfect for picnics or lunch the next day!

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  • 8 chicken drumsticks, skin on (around 1.5kg)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 small handful of fresh parsley or coriander
  • large zip lock bag or large container with lid


1. Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a large, rimmed baking tray with baking paper. Combine all the spices and the sugar in a small bowl. Add the oil to the combined spices to make a runny seasoning paste.

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2. SAVE ON DISHES! Place the chicken drumsticks in a large zip lock (or freezer bag) and tip the seasoning paste over the chicken.

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3. Squeeze most of the air out of the bag and seal it. Give the chicken a really good shake and rub through the bag. You can also do this with a large plastic container with a lid. Just keep shaking until the chicken is coated. Of course, you can also do it the old fashioned way with just your hands or a pastry brush.

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4. Remove the chicken from the bag and place it on the baking tray. Bake for 40 minutes or cooked through. If your chicken is browning too quickly, you can loosely cover it with foil. Meanwhile, chop your herb of choice!

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5. Give the chicken a quick baste with the pan juices and then place them on your serving plate.

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6. Sprinkle chicken drumsticks with fresh herbs and you’re ready to serve them up!

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For anyone who might be concerned that these are spicy hot in flavour, I assure you they aren’t. If you’re very sensitive to ANY spice, perhaps try leaving out the cayenne and halving the paprika, but honestly – they’re not hot!

How’s that for a speedy and delicious chicken drumstick recipe? Talk about winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Want even more chicken recipes?

We know only too well here at Mum Central just how versatile chicken can be.

Check out our 20 Easy Chicken Recipes to Cook for that Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! post, along with Crunchy Cornflake Chicken Drumstick recipe and let’s not forget the sausage roll maker with BBQ Chicken Pizza Pockets, perfect for a weekend lunch!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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