Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Easy recipe for Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks that are so juicy and mouthwatering. The chicken legs use an easy marinade that is so flavorful, then, smothered in favorite barbecue sauce and baked to crispy perfection.

Enjoy these baked chicken legs with a side of mashed potatoes and Spring salad.

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Baked Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks (legs) are an inexpensive cut of meat to cook with. If marinated properly, they taste phenomenal with minimal ingredients. I love this particular recipe because the flavors from the marinade penetrate into the meat and the legs become so juicy and burst with flavor. Once baked, the drumsticks are generously smothered in BBQ sauce of choice and cooked until chicken is crispy.

Your whole family with love this effortless easy BBQ baked chicken in the oven.

Baked BBQ drumsticks in a bowl topped with green onion.

How to make Baked BBQ Chicken-

Tough chicken drumsticks are forgiving and you can usually get away without a marinade, allowing the chicken some time to marinate will always result in better meat!

  • Combine the mayo, horseradish, oil, garlic, salt, paprika, and pepper to create a wonderful marinade for the chicken.
    • Can I taste the mayo? NO! You will not be able to taste the mayo, it only acts as a tenderizer.
  • Coat the chicken drumsticks in the marinade. Add onions to the chicken, cover and refrigerate.
    • A large Ziploc bag may be used instead of a bowl.
  • Lay out chicken onto a lined baking sheet and bake.
  • Brush chicken generously with your favorite BBQ sauce and continue baking until chicken drumsticks are crispy and fully cooked.

Step by step instructions on how to make barbecue drumsticks.

How long should chicken drumsticks marinate?

Because chicken drumsticks have a bone, you typically want to allow the chicken to marinate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight. With a proper marinade combined with the juices from the bone, chicken drumsticks are a wonderful choice of meat for baked recipes.

Baked barbecue chicken drumsticks in a bowl with topped with green onion.

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Baked barbecue chicken drumsticks
Baked barbecue chicken drumsticks
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Easy recipe for Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks that are so juicy and flavorful in an easy marinade then smothered with barbecue sauce and baked until crispy.

Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 363 kcal
  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp creamy horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup barbecue
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F at step 4. Cover baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup. 

  2. Prepare marinade. Combine the mayo, horseradish, oil, garlic, salt, paprika, and pepper. Pour over chicken legs and mix well. Add onions and mix again. 

  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

  4. Lay out chicken onto a baking sheet, discard of the onions. 

  5. Bake about 35 minutes until the skins of the drumsticks become crispy (baking time may slightly vary, depending on the size of drumsticks and oven).

  6. Coat drumsticks generously with barbecue sauce. Return to oven. Bake another 10-15 minutes. 

  7. Enjoy immediately.
Recipe Notes

(Chicken is cooked when internal reading is 165°F. Measure the thickest part of the meat and don't touch the bone.)

Nutrition Facts
Baked barbecue chicken drumsticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 1050mg 44%
Potassium 447mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 6.2%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Great recipe for baked barbecue (bbq) chicken drumsticks.

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Show 4 Comments
  • Toria 05/12/2018, 4:55 pm

    These barbecue drumsticks are great!

    • admin 05/13/2018, 1:01 am

      I totally agree, they are amazing!

  • Darina 07/06/2017, 12:34 pm

    Wow! Yum!! I have to try your chicken drumsticks!

    • admin 07/06/2017, 3:57 pm

      Thank you, Darina. Hope you enjoy them. ?

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