Spicy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

This recipe delivers flavorful and juicy chicken drumsticks with a kick!


  • Chicken drumsticks (quantity depends on how many you’re serving, typically 8)
  • Olive Oil
  • Spices (options include chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander, garam masala)
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Greek yogurt or buttermilk (optional, for marinating)


  1. Marinate (optional): In a bowl, combine yogurt or buttermilk with lemon juice (if using) and some spices. Marinate chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes or up to a few hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare the spice rub: In a small bowl, combine olive oil with your chosen spices. Salt to taste.
  3. Prep the chicken: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (for easier cleanup). Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels.
  4. Coat the chicken: Brush or toss the chicken with the spice rub, making sure to coat all sides evenly.
  5. Bake the drumsticks: Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), flipping the drumsticks halfway through cooking for even browning.
  6. Serve: Enjoy your spicy chicken drumsticks hot! They can be served on their own, with your favorite dipping sauce, or alongside rice and vegetables.

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