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.

Close up picture of Baked barbecue chicken drumsticks in plate.

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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 chicken 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 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 BBQ chicken drumsticks in a bowl with topped with green onion.

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5 from 3 votes

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken drumsticks
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 363kcal



  • Preheat oven to 400°F at step 4. Cover baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup. 
  • Prepare marinade. Combine the mayo, horseradish, oil, garlic, salt, paprika, and pepper. Pour over chicken legs and mix well. Add onions and mix again. 
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Lay out chicken onto a baking sheet, discard of the onions. 
  • 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).
  • Coat drumsticks generously with barbecue sauce. Return to oven. Bake another 10-15 minutes. 
  • Enjoy immediately.


(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 BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 1050mg46%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Dorothy 09/24/2019, 8:44 pm Link Reply

    The BBQ Chicken legs were AMAZING!!! Complements all around the table!!!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/25/2019, 12:34 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Dorothy. And such an easy recipe too. Thanks for visiting our online home. 🙂

  • Todd 03/07/2019, 11:06 pm Link Reply

    These turned out fantastic! My whole family loved them. Followed the recipe exactly, except that I didn’t have any horseradish so I substituted spicy brown mustard in the marinade.

    • Valentina's Corner 03/08/2019, 10:34 am Link Reply

      Oh I love the added brown mustard! I bet it added so much flavor to the chicken drumsticks. Thanks for visiting out online home, Todd.

  • Toria 05/12/2018, 4:55 pm Link Reply

    These barbecue drumsticks are great!

    • admin 05/13/2018, 1:01 am Link Reply

      I totally agree, they are amazing!

  • Darina 07/06/2017, 12:34 pm Link Reply

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

    • admin 07/06/2017, 3:57 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Darina. Hope you enjoy them. ?

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