Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Oven fried chicken
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  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings

These simple oven-fried drumsticks make a fabulous meal. Flour is seasoned with paprika and poultry seasoning, along with a little curry powder and salt and pepper. The chicken is coated with the seasoned flour and then baked to crispy perfection in a hot oven.

Bake these drumsticks for a tailgating event or a game day party at home. They're perfect for a picnic, too! The recipe is easily scaled up or down.


  • 20 to 24 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat oven to 450 F/230 C/Gas 8. Line two 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pans with heavy duty foil.

    layer with tin foil
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  3. In a food storage bag, combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika, curry powder, and poultry seasoning.

    combine seasonings
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  4. Place 1/4 cup butter in each foil-lined pan. Place the pans in the oven to melt butter.

    grease the tin foil
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  5. Coat the chicken with seasoned flour mixture, shaking about three legs at a time in the bag.

    coat drumsticks
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  6. Place the chicken in the prepared pans in the melted butter.

    line pan with drumsticks
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  7. Bake the chicken legs in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until tender and nicely browned.


Recipe Variations

  • Give the chicken a little Cajun zing! Replace the curry powder and poultry seasoning with 2 1/2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning. Reduce the salt to 1 teaspoon unless the seasoning is salt-free.
  • Prepare the recipe with chicken thighs (on the bone) instead of drumsticks, or use a combination. Whole chicken legs are another excellent option.