Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks: A Flavorful Delight

Are you craving a juicy and flavorful chicken dish that’s both easy to prepare and a crowd-pleaser? Look no further than these mouthwatering Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks.

This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the combination of tender chicken meat with a delicious blend of marinade flavors.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, planning a family meal, or simply want to enjoy a delicious home-cooked dish, this recipe will not disappoint.


To create these delectable Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


Let’s dive into the step-by-step directions for preparing and cooking the Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, minced garlic, paprika, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  2. Add the chicken drumsticks to the bowl and toss them gently to ensure they are coated with the marinade. Let the drumsticks marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or ideally overnight for the best flavor.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  4. Arrange the marinated chicken drumsticks on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they are spaced evenly. Pour any remaining marinade over the drumsticks for extra flavor.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy and golden brown. For accurate doneness, use a meat thermometer and ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  6. Once the drumsticks are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley for an added touch of freshness.
  7. Serve the Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks hot and enjoy the succulent flavors!

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • For a tangier flavor, you can add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the marinade mixture.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, sprinkle some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes into the marinade.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices to personalize the flavor profile. For example, try adding smoked paprika, cumin, or oregano for a unique twist.
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, replace the soy sauce with tamari or coconut.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

To prepare the Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks, you will need the following kitchen equipment:

  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • Meat thermometer

Storing Leftovers

If you happen to have any leftovers from your delicious Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks, here’s how you can store them properly:

  1. Allow the chicken drumsticks to cool completely before refrigerating them.
  2. Place the leftovers in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil.
  3. Store the chicken drumsticks in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers, you can reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until they are heated through.

Food and Drink Pairings

The Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks pair well with a variety of sides and beverages. Here are some suggestions to enhance your dining experience:

  • Side dish options: Roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, coleslaw, or a fresh green salad.
  • Beverage options: Crisp white wine, a light and refreshing beer, or a citrus-infused iced tea.


We hope you enjoy making and savoring these delicious Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks.

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