Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Less than 5 ingredients, Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks are one of the easiest weeknight dinners around. Simple to prepare and these chicken drumsticks bake in the oven quickly so you can have a meal on the table in no time with minimal mess.

Baked chicken drumsticks on a plate with carrots and green beans.

One of my favorite things growing up was chicken dinners….but not just any chicken dinner…..specifically, Baked Chicken Drumsticks. There’s nothing better than chicken with a handle.  And when mom made chicken drumsticks without any other chicken parts like thighs or breasts, everyone was happy because there wasn’t any fighting over the shortage of chicken legs.

I still love chicken drumsticks for easy dinners at home because they’re easy on the budget….you can get a family pack of drumsticks for about $5 and feed the whole brood without breaking the bank. Chicken legs are extremely versatile, too.  You’re going to start seeing a whole lot of Baked Chicken Drumstick recipes in the oven over the next few weeks because there is really no limit to what you can do with them.

Baked Chicken Drumsticks on a white platter with a blue and white napkin underneath.

Are chicken drumsticks the same as chicken legs?

So, technically, yes….chicken drumsticks are chicken legs. BUT Chicken Legs are usually referring to the whole chicken leg with the thigh and the lower part of the leg still in tact.  Chicken Drumsticks are referring to just the lower part of the leg that looks like a drumstick. 

Raw chicken drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with foil.

How do you make the BEST Chicken Drumsticks?

There are so many ways to prepare baked chicken drumsticks in the oven but my favorite way is to slather them in a basil parmesan mayonnaise concoction that gets a little crispy, salty and amazing creating the best flavor for your chicken drumstick.

The Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks stay tender and juicy because of the extra crust created by the cheese and mayonnaise being baked onto the chicken.  This is, in my opinion, the best way so cook chicken drumsticks in the oven.

Raw chicken drumsticks with basil parmesan sauce being spread on top with a blue basting brush.

How long do you cook chicken drumsticks in the oven?

The length of time you need to cook chicken drumsticks in the oven will vary depending on the oven temperature and the size of your chicken legs.  I like to buy chicken legs that are small to medium in size because they will bake much faster than larger chicken drumsticks. BUT the larger chicken drumsticks do tend to stay a bit more juicy than the smaller legs.

Baked Chicken Drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with foil.

Here’s a quick guide to cooking chicken drumsticks on the oven:

For oven temperature of 400 degrees:

  • small to medium chicken drumsticks bake for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.
  • large chicken drumsticks bake for 35-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.

For oven temperature of 425 degrees:

  • small to medium chicken drumsticks bake for 20-25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.
  • large chicken drumsticks bake for 30-35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.

And my pro tip for you, line your baking sheet with foil for super, insanely easy clean up.  I go through so much aluminum foil when I bake because I totally hate washing dishes. 

If you don’t want to use the Basil Parmesan sauce for your baked chicken drumsticks, we absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Chicken Drumstick Marinade.  It’s quick and easy and you can totally plop those chicken legs in for an overnight marinade session making dinner come together even easier. 

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My favorite things to serve with this Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumstick recipe are:

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Got leftovers?  You can totally morph those leftover chicken drumsticks into something amazing that the family will never recognize.  If your family won’t eat leftovers like mine…..sometimes a little trickery is needed to cut back on food waste.

Here are my favorite recipes using leftover baked chicken drumsticks:

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So, there you have it….one of my all time favorite dinners….Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks and let me just say….kids love these, too. Even my pizza and chicken tender only loving son who…one day will appreciate all his mom’s fabulous gourmet meals. Right? Please tell me I’m right. 

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks on a foil lined baking sheet.

Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken drumsticks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 458 kcal
Author: Kellie

Quick and easy, Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks are on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 16 chicken drumsticks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cheese, basil, salt and pepper.

  3. Arrange the chicken drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment.

  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, coat the chicken legs with the mayonnaise blend.

  5. Bake the chicken legs in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 180 degrees.

  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Basil Parmesan Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 576mg25%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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