Easy Spicy Chicken Legs Recipe

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Here’s an excellent recipe for quick and easy spicy chicken legs. It uses just a few ingredients and steps to make an incredible meal.

One of our favorite ways to cook chicken is to follow the George Foreman Grill chicken recipe. But if you’re in the mood for spicy chicken legs, then this recipe is for you!

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Whether you call them drumsticks or chicken legs, this recipe is downright delicious! The flavor pops off the skin – you can smell it as it bakes. And you don’t need a deep fryer or any fancy kitchen gadgets to make them, either!

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Homemade drumsticks baked straight in the oven in a mint green plate, a grey and white tea towel, and salt and pepper shakers in the background

Making Them

How do you bake spicy chicken legs at home? Follow this easy recipe! Each step is laid out so all you have to do is read and follow it. You’ll get amazing drumsticks every single time.

What You Need

Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Kitchen Tools

Ingredients

Homemade drumsticks baked straight in the oven in a mint green plate, a grey and white tea towel, and salt and pepper shakers in the background

Baked Chicken Leg Tips

Baking chicken legs in the oven is so much easier than frying them in oil or using a skillet on the stove. Here are some photos of the process, along with my best tips!

Mixing spices in a white bowl to make oven roasted drumsticks

Can I Add More Spices?

The best part about spices is that you can add as much or as little as you desire! So feel free to break free from the recipe a little – it has wiggle room when it comes to the spices combination.

Mixing spices in a white bowl to make oven roasted drumsticks

Ingredient Substitutes

Feel free to replace the smoked paprika with sweet paprika! And of course, as mentioned above, you have total wiggle room when it comes to your spices combination!

Lining up raw chicken drumsticks in a pan

Space Out The Drumsticks

Leave room in between each chicken leg. Keep them in a single layer, too. This will allow the heat to move around the chicken and cook them evenly.

Adding spices to raw drumsticks

Safe Cooking Temperature of Chicken Legs

Use an instant-read food thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken. This is the best way to tell when they’re fully cooked.

Chicken should be cooked until it reaches 165F.

Raw drumsticks with seasoning

Storing Leftovers

Feel free to refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days (so long as it is in an airtight container). To reheat, we recommend adding oil to a pan and baking it in a 350 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.

A plate full of oven roasted chicken drumsticks, aerial view

Best Sides For Chicken

These drumsticks may have a kick of spice, but they go great with tons of different side dishes. You can serve them with:

Homemade drumsticks baked straight in the oven in a mint green plate, a grey and white tea towel, and salt and pepper shakers in the background

Chicken legs are arguably the tastiest part of the chicken. The meat is always tender and juicy and full of flavor.

For this recipe we’re going to use just a few ingredients to make the so savory with just the right amount of spiciness. It bakes right in your oven for just 45 minutes and the results are incredible.

The only other ingredients you will need is salt, pepper, ground cayenne pepper, paprika and butter. You can always adjust the amount of ground cayenne to suit your taste.

Homemade drumsticks baked straight in the oven in a mint green plate, a grey and white tea towel, and salt and pepper shakers in the background
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Easy Spicy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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Here's an excellent recipe for quick and easy spicy chicken drumsticks. Juicy and flavorful oven baked drumstick, spiced up for a delicious family meal!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes

SERVINGS

3

Equipment

  • Shallow Dish
  • Baking Dish 8 inch by 13 inch
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 6-11 chicken legs
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and add olive oil to the bottom layer of the pan
  • Add the drumsticks to the coated pan, making sure they are not touching
  • Mix all spices in a bowl
  • Sprinkle mix of spices over chicken. Flip over chicken to get both sides.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and flip. Bake for another 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 2chicken legs | Calories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken drumsticks, easy chicken meal, spicy chicken
Servings: 3
Calories: 620kcal

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