Oven Baked Chicken Legs: How To Cook Chicken Drumsticks

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Oven baked chicken legs keep well (refrigerated) and are great cold. They are terrific for healthy packed lunches and picnics.

When I was growing up, these chicken drumsticks were a staple of meals, leftovers, and packed lunches. We called this baked chicken "oven fried chicken."

All you need:

  • a package of raw chicken legs
  • a stove
  • a pan--approximately 12" x 7" for approximately 6 drumsticks
  • oven mitts or potholders
  • tongs (or forks)

I no longer recommend using Pyrex glass baking pans or Corningware (due to reports of newer pans shattering unpredictably).

I do recommend European-made ceramic baking pans, such as the Emile Henry 13.8" x 10" lasagna pan. It's a well-made, naturally non-stick pan ideal for roasting chicken parts.

Read my full review of the Emile Henry pan.

Baking the Legs

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Arrange the drumsticks in an uncovered roasting pan. The legs should not touch each other.
  • You don't need any cooking spray or fat. The legs will cook in their own fat.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. After 45 minutes, use tongs to turn over each drumstick.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly. They will keep refrigerated for up to four days.

When is Chicken Done?

Chicken is cooked (done) when juices run clear, rather than bloody, when it is pierced with a fork.

You can bake to your desired level of crispiness.

Baking Other Chicken Parts

Thighs: Bake about an hour at 350 degrees.

Whole Leg (a leg and a thigh): Bake a little more than an hour at 350 degrees.

Chicken breast with bone: Bake about an hour at 350 degrees. 

Boneless chicken breast: Put a pat of butter on top of each breast. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Wings: Bake about an hour at 350 degrees--a little more if you would like them crispier.

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