BBQ chicken drumsticks

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

June 8, 2022 5 Comments

These delicious, easy to make baked BBQ chicken drumsticks are perfect for a busy weekday dinner.

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

The best part about these baked bbq chicken drumsticks is that they’re super easy and you don’t need a grill to make them.

baked chicken drumsticks cover

Most bbq chicken recipes I see require a grill. Not this one!

They can be made right in the oven and are incredibly delicious.

baked chicken drumsticks

These drumsticks are loaded with all that great bbq sauce flavor without needing an actual bbq.

I just pop them in the oven and they’re baked to perfection.

plated baked bbq chicken drumsticks

These bbq drumsticks are a family favorite recipe at my house.

This is such a great busy weekday dinner recipe. It’s easy to make and has so much flavor.

brushing bbq sauce on chicken

That’s exactly what I’m looking for when the day is crazy and I need to get dinner on the table.

I know if you try this one you’ll love it, too.

What sides go with baked BBQ chicken drumsticks?

There are so many sides that would go perfectly with these bbq drumsticks.

The options are endless and completely up to you.

garlic parmesan fries

I personally think something like Shells & Cheese, Oven Roasted Potatoes or Garlic Parmesan Fries would be amazing.

Maybe even some Homemade Garlic Bread!

roasted broccoli

As for vegetables, Roasted Broccoli is usually my go to side dish.

Choose whatever you’d like. These drumsticks so great with everything.

Do I have to remove the skin?

We’ll yes and no.

I personally think this recipe is at its best with the skin removed.

skinless chicken drumsticks

The BBQ sauce doesn’t really crisp the skin and it gets soggy and slimy.

Not great in my opinion.

seasoned skinless drumsticks

Baking the chicken without the skin really let’s the meat get nice and flavorful while it’s baking.

I’d highly recommend removing it.

Do I have to use drumsticks?

Nope you can use other cuts of chicken if you’d like for this recipe.

Skinless chicken thighs are a great option here, too.

packaged chicken drumsticks

I bet chicken breasts would work also.

Just be mindful to adjust cooking times and make sure the internal temperature of the meat is 165°.

What BBQ sauce brand should I use?

I love Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce so that’s what I used here for this recipe.

bbq sauce

Use any brand of bbq sauce you’d like. Homemade would be just fine, too.

Can I add more seasoning?

I kept the seasoning simple for this recipe and used only salt and pepper.

That’s just my preference.

seasoned drumsticks

I think a simple seasoning like that goes so well with the bbq sauce.

I really want to taste all of that bbq sauce flavor.

plated bbq chicken drumsticks

If you’d like to add more seasoning, be my guest. It’s completely up to you and what you prefer.

Season it how you’d like and enjoy!

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Ingredients:

baked bbq chicken drumsticks ingredients
  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


First, remove the skin from the drumsticks.

skinless drumstick

Set them down on a parchment paper or tin foil liked baking sheet.

skinless drumsticks on baking sheet

Then drizzle them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper.

seasoned drumsticks

Make sure to rub the seasoning into the meat so it’s evenly coated.

Next bake the chicken for 40 minutes at 375°.

seasoned chicken drumsticks

After that, spread a thick layer of bbq sauce on all sides of the chicken.

brushing bbq sauce onto drumsticks

Then turn up the oven temperature to 425° and bake the drumsticks for 5 minutes.

preheated oven to 425

Now add another thick layer of bbq sauce and bake them for another 5 minutes.

brushing bbq sauce on drumsticks

Let them cool slightly before serving and enjoy.

baked bbq chicken drumsticks

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Recipe Video

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

These easy to make baked BBQ chicken drumsticks are the perfect weekday dinner.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked bbq chicken drumsticks, baked chicken drumsticks, baked drumsticks


  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper/ tin foil


  • 1-2 pounds Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce add more bbq sauce if you need to
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Remove the skin from the drumsticks and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle them with olive oil and generously season them with salt and pepper
  • Rub the seasoning into the meat and bake them for 40 minutes
  • Then turn the oven up to 425 degrees and brush the drumsticks with a thick layer of BBQ sauce on all sides. Bake them for 5 minutes
  • Spread another thick layer of BBQ sauce on all sides and bake them again for another 5 minutes.
  • Let them cool slightly and serve warm
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Johanna Skid June 9, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Same time and temp with chicken thighs?

    • Al Dente Diva June 9, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Yes just make sure the chicken is 165° internal temp to be sure it’s done

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