How Long to Bake Chicken Drumsticks at 400 (Perfect Recipe)

How Long to Bake Chicken Drumsticks at 400? (Perfect Recipe)

How long does it take to bake chicken drumsticks at 400 degrees? The juicy and tender drumsticks are my ever favorite dish due to their crispier, spicy, and delicious taste. The amazing thing about this recipe is that it’s children’s favorite dish. It’s a family dish so everyone wants this recipe.

So today I will tell you my personal favorite recipe for drumsticks as well as the perfect temperature of your oven, so you can bake drumsticks efficiently. 

One thing I want to add here for your information is that baked drumsticks are not only delicious but they contain multivitamins which are beneficial for your health as well as it is a perfectly nutritious dish. So you can consider it as a healthy option in your meal.

I am super excited to share this recipe with you guys. So I bet that it becomes your favorite recipe and you add this recipe to your weekly or monthly meal plan. Baked drumsticks are very easy to make as this recipe needs just basic ingredients which are available in everyone’s home.

Here in this article, you will know about the best drumsticks recipe as well as the perfect oven temperature for cooking drumsticks and the required time which is needed to cook drumsticks properly from inside and out. 

How long does it take to bake chicken drumsticks at 400 degrees?

bake chicken drumsticks at 400 degrees?

Baked drumsticks need only 30 to 35 minutes to cook at 400 degrees on the upper rack of the oven. You should also need to flip the drumsticks after 15 to 17 minutes. But if you want the crispier flavor then you need to rest the drumsticks in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes at 400 to 425 degrees. 

Note: make sure to check the internal temperature of baked drumsticks which is  175 degrees Fahrenheit, so that you know easily that your drumsticks are perfectly cooked.

Drumsticks give a perfectly juicy flavor when you add all the right seasoning to them. You should marinate chicken drumsticks for 2 hours so that all the seasonings insert into the chicken drumsticks very well. Marinated chicken drumsticks for a long time give you a better taste and takes less time to cook. 

Baked chicken drumsticks are a healthy meal for your dinner. It’s also a good option for a movie night dinner party with friends and family and any other occasion. Hope that all the family members and friends enjoy baked chicken drumsticks. 

What is the best temperature to bake chicken drumsticks?

best temperature to bake chicken drumsticks?

The standard temperature for baking chicken drumsticks in an oven is 400 to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

It’s very important to understand the exact oven temperature for the chicken drumsticks, also we need to understand the proper time period during which the chicken drumsticks properly cook from inside and out. These baked chicken drumsticks will become tender, juicy, and crispy. 

As I mentioned above, you should check the internal temperature of the chicken drumsticks, which should be 170 to 175 Fahrenheit. At this temperature, your chicken will cook properly and give you an amazing juicy flavor. 

Normally we use 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven temperature for baking chicken drumsticks, but many people like to eat more crispy chicken drumsticks so in this case you can fix your oven between 425 to 450 degrees. But again make sure to check the internal temperature of the chicken drumsticks with the food thermometer. 

What do I need to bake chicken drumsticks?

Baked chicken drumsticks are so easy to make as it requires just a few ingredients. So you just need some basic ingredients like salt, Smoked red pepper, garlic powder, paprika powder, onion powder, dried oregano, white pepper, black pepper, and butter.

Best Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe: 

Here I wanna show you the recipe card for baked chicken drumsticks.

  • 10 drumsticks
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of paprika powder
  • 1 tsp of smoked
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • ½ tsp of white pepper
  • ½ tsp of black pepper
  • Butter as per drumstick 

Instruction for baked chicken drumsticks:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add all the seasoning to a bowl and mix them wisely
  3.  Take drumsticks and cut the extra fat from the skin of the chicken
  4. You can apply small cuts on the outer surface of the chicken or you can use a fork for this purpose so that the chicken will absorb all the seasoning very well.
  5. Sprinkle all the seasoning mixture on the chicken drumsticks on both sides efficiently.
  6. Now put these drumsticks into the baking tray and last but not least put some small pieces of butter on the upper surface of each chicken drumstick. 
  7. Butter will make its upper surface crispy and give it a unique taste. 
  8. Add the baking tray to the preheated oven on the upper rack and allow them to cook for 30 to 35 minutes.
  9. Flip the chicken drumsticks when half of the cooking time is over so the chicken will be cooked from each side properly. 
  10. Check the chicken drumsticks with a food thermometer, and the internal temperature should be 175 degrees
  11. At this stage, your chicken drumsticks will be fully cooked and presenting themselves as a super delicious dish. 
  12. Add some green herbs on the top of chicken drumsticks for garnishing.
  13. Serve these chicken drumsticks with suitable sauce and mashed potatoes
  14. You can serve chicken drumsticks with steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and green onions.

Note: for adding more crispiness to the chicken drumsticks, you should bake 15 minutes more. 

Can I replace some ingredients in the recipe?

Yes, it is okay if you want to replace some ingredients. You can use chicken with skin and without skin. Add different flavors of seasoning as per your requirement and taste. 

Larger marination times such as 12 to 24 hours will give you an awesome taste and you will totally fall in love with these drumsticks. So it’s okay to marinate them for a whole night and the next evening you should bake these chicken drumsticks. 

Surely you will enjoy this mouth-watering recipe. 

Tips and tricks to improve the recipe

  • You can add lemon juice, some smoked paprika for a unique taste.
  • You can add different dippings with chicken drumsticks so it will increase the taste.

BBQ sauce gives a perfect combo with chicken drumsticks so it’s better that you should prepare BBQ sauce as well. 

Recipe of  BBQ Sauce: 

  • You need 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼  cup of honey/brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar/ lemon juice
  • ½ tsp of smoked red pepper


  1. Take a small pan and put it into the oven on low flame.
  2. Add all the ingredients into the pan and mix them slowly on low heat.
  3. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes
  4. Pour this delicious BBQ sauce on the cooked chicken drumsticks
  5. And broil them for 5 minutes in the oven
  6. Enjoy the yummiest chicken drumsticks

Final words:

The crispy Baked chicken drumsticks are a world-famous dish so you should try it with my recipe card, which I mentioned above. These drumsticks are a healthy option for everyone because it’s a completely nutritious meal.

You can serve crispy and yummy baked chicken drumsticks with Chinese Rice, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, white sauce pasta, greek salad, steamed broccoli, and best-match dipping sauce.

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