Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Buffalo-Style

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Buffalo-Style
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 95 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
587 Calories
38g Fat
8g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 587
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 904mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 51g
Calcium 72mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These delicious chicken drumsticks are baked with garlic and olive oil, then they're coated with hot sauce and drizzled with Ranch or blue cheese dressing. These make a great snack or dinner entree, delicious with fries or a rice dish.

Be sure to serve these flavorful chicken drumsticks with more dressing on the side.


  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken legs (about 10 to 12 drumsticks)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (put through a press or finely minced)
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil and then place a cake cooling rack* in the pan.

  3. Pat the chicken pieces with paper towels to dry thoroughly. Toss the chicken with the olive oil and garlic.

  4. Arrange the chicken legs on the rack and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  5. Turn and bake for 20 minutes longer.

  6. Increase heat to 400 F and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes longer, until nicely browned.

  7. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and hot sauce. Toss the hot cooked drumsticks with the sauce mixture.

  8. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and drizzle with Ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing.

  9. Serve the drumsticks with more dressing on the side.


  • Use all or part chicken thighs along with the drumsticks.

Recipe Variation

  • For extra heat, add some ground cayenne pepper (to taste) to the hot sauce and butter mixture.