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Baked BBQ Chicken Legs

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Tender and juicy chicken drumsticks that have been baked to perfection is what this recipe is all about. If you are craving the taste of BBQ chicken but don’t want to mess with the hot grill, then our Baked BBQ Chicken Legs are a must try!

Chicken drumsticks covered in BBQ sauce
Chicken drumsticks covered in BBQ sauce

Baked BBQ Chicken Legs

If you are planning a family picnic this Summer, then you know that a recipe for chicken drumsticks is a must!

What Do You Eat with Drumsticks?

Of course, you are going to need some sides to go along with this mouth-watering BBQ, such as macaroni salad and pasta salad.

Now, you know all picnics need refreshing beverages like lemonade or sangria to wash it down.

Here’s Why This Recipe is a Keeper

I think you should make this chicken recipe because it’s:

  • Versatile – you can change up use whatever part of the chicken you like or whatever type of sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • Easy – Takes no time to make
  • Budget-friendly – this recipe only costs $.67 per serving.

Expert Tips, Ingredient List and Suggestions for Recipe Success

At the bottom of this post, you will find a complete breakdown of all of the ingredients and the amounts needed to make this recipe.

Chicken – you can use either drumsticks, thighs, wings, or breasts. It’s really your family’s preference.

Sauce – this again is up to you. You can buy your favorite store-bought version or you can make our delicious homemade one.

Chicken drumsticks, oil, and seasonings
Chicken drumsticks, seasonings, and oil

Should I boil drumsticks before grilling?

BOIL the drumsticks if you are making them on the grill! If you are baking them in the oven, there is no need to.

Why do Chicken Legs Take So Long to Cook?

Due to the higher fat content and the thicker bone density.

Do you Cook Chicken in the Oven Covered or Uncovered?

Yes and no. You definitely can as it helps keep the chicken moist and it helps to give the chicken a bit of crispier texture. Plus, it will keep the mess inside of the dish and under the foil and not all over your oven.

How to Store the Leftovers

If there are any leftovers, place them in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge for up to five days. To reheat, just warm them up in the microwave or place them on a foil-lined baking sheet in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until they have thoroughly warmed up.

Can You Freeze Them?

Yes! After baking them, let them cool and place them in a freezer safe bag or container for up to three months. To reheat, let them thaw in the fridge and them reheat in a 350-degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until they have completely warmed up.

What Temperature Are Drumsticks Done?

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

I actually use this thermometer. I bought it in 2020 and use it multiple times a week and it still works great. I highly recommend this one!

Step by Step Directions

At the bottom of this post, you will find the complete directions for making this recipe. Below are a few in-process photos as well as a few key steps.

Step 1: Preheat your oven.

Step 2: Prepare your cooking dish.

Step 3: Clean the chicken.

Step 4: Wash your hands.

Chicken drumsticks in a casserole dish
Chicken drumsticks in a casserole dish

Step 5: Bake the chicken.

Homemade BBQ sauce in a saucepan
Homemade BBQ sauce in a saucepan

Step 6: Prepare the sauce.

Basting chicken drumsticks with bbq sauce
Basting chicken drumsticks with bbq sauce

Step 7: Baste and put back into the oven.

Basted BBQ chicken legs
Basted BBQ chicken legs

Step 8: Broil to let the skin crisp up.

Step 9: Enjoy!

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Chicken drumsticks covered in BBQ sauce

Baked BBQ Chicken Legs

Tender and juicy chicken drumsticks that have been baked to perfection is what this recipe is all about. If you are craving the taste of BBQ chicken but don’t want to mess with the hot grill, then our Baked BBQ Chicken Leg recipe is a must try recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 5 – 6 lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning


  • Turn on the oven and preheat to 375°
  • Spray your 9 x 13 casserole dish with your favorite cooking spray.
  • Wash and dry the drumsticks with paper towels and remove the skin if you prefer.
  • Wash your hands and dry with paper towels.
  • Add the chicken into the casserole dish, place into the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is baking, start to prepare your BBQ sauce.
  • In a medium sized sauce pan, turn the burner to medium high, and add in your BBQ sauce ingredients. Slowly whisk in all of the ingredients.
  • Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and baste the chicken with the BBQ sauce and place back in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, turn the chicken oven, baste again, and back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
  • Turn the oven to broil and let the chicken set for 3 to 5 minutes so the sauce starts to crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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