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Baked Dry Rub Chicken Drumsticks

Need a super simple, super affordable baked chicken recipe — that also happens to be low carb & gluten free? Baked Dry Rub Chicken Drumsticks should do you!

How about some tasty Baked Dry Rub Chicken Drumsticks in the April 2, 2017 edition of Sunday Scratchups: Your weekly recipe from scratch around ingredients that are either on sale, or generally affordable! These are so easy to throw together, and give you a lot of the flavor of breaded drumsticks (or chicken wings), but without that pesky breading.

padk of drumsticks

You know how chicken drumsticks are affordable in general, but often go on sale extra super cheap? This week I picked up 5 pounds of drumsticks for just $3.47, then realized that sometimes we get tired of one recipe before we get through a whole big pack. Soooo… I split the pack in half and cooked it up two different ways, meaning that you get two Sunday Scratchups recipes this week.

If you have a large family pack of chicken drumsticks to use up this week, check out this sheet pan rosemary chicken drumsticks recipe as well — it will take care of the other half!

Baked Dry Rub Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients

2.5 lbs chicken drumsticks (5-8 drumsticks, depending on size)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Directions

Set a baking rack on top of a foil-lined baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray. Cut excess skin off drumsticks, if desired. Place drumsticks in a large bowl and toss them in olive oil & spices to coat.

drumsticks on baking rack

Arrange drumsticks in a single layer on the baking rack, then bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, using tongs to flip over halfway through. (Note: I had large drumsticks here; if yours are smaller you may need to adjust the cooking time downward a little to compensate.)

baked drumsticks on rack

Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping (optional).

Dry rub chicken drumsticks aren’t too spicy…

baked dry rub chicken drumsticks on a blue plate

I made a mild version of dry rub chicken legs this week, but you can use this recipe as a starting point. Bump up the cayenne & chili powder for spicier chicken, or otherwise spice these up differently to match your own taste on any given day.

This Baked dry rub chicken drumsticks recipe is naturally low carb and gluten free — and can be a nice meatier variation on the usual wings!

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Baked Dry Rub Chicken Drumsticks

Baked dry rub chicken drumsticks are naturally low carb and gluten free, and can be a nice meatier variation on the usual wings!
Course dinner
Keyword chicken, chicken drumsticks, drumsticks, gluten free, low carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs chicken drumsticks (5-8 drumsticks, depending on size)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Set a baking rack on top of a foil-lined baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Cut excess skin off drumsticks, if desired.
  • Place drumsticks in a large bowl and toss them in olive oil & spices to coat.
  • Arrange drumsticks in a single layer on the baking rack, then bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, using tongs to flip over halfway through.
  • (Note: I had large drumsticks here; if yours are smaller you may need to adjust the cooking time downward a little to compensate.)
  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping (optional).

Notes

I made a mild version of dry rub chicken legs this week, but you can use this recipe as a starting point and easily increase the cayenne & chili powder or otherwise spice these up differently to match your own taste on any given day.

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Recipe Rating




Alexandria

Monday 29th of June 2020

I don’t usually leave reviews but this recipe is awesome!! It is my go-to recipe when I’m making chicken and need something quick and easy. I’ve used it multiple times. Thank you for this yummy recipe!

Lesley

Saturday 7th of March 2020

We tried these tonight. They were really good, thank you! I had to make more rub as it didn't cover all of the drumsticks (I used just under 2.5 lbs and there were eight of them). I need to dial back the chili powder next time as it was fresh and just a tad too hot! I'll definitely be using this recipe again!

rachel

Monday 9th of March 2020

Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it. That's the beauty of these types of recipes, too, it's so easy to adjust the spice level to your own family's tastes.

Sonya

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Made tonight and my family loved them

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Danielle Miller

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

I JUST made this tonight...DELICIOUS! Although I added a Tbsp. of honey, and next time will add more salt. Very good! Thank you!

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