Baked Chicken Legs – BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Chicken Legs

How about some baked chicken legs with BBQ sauce for dinner? These are super easy to make and so, so good! Who says you have to have a grill to enjoy some good BBQ food? Sometimes I get reprimanded for dubbing my baked chicken and ribs BBQ — that barbecued food comes from a grill and not the oven. And, I agree. However, I will continue being a cheek and call my baked chicken legs BBQ chicken drumsticks because they are a fabulous substitution!

Baked chicken legs can be tricky in that all ovens are different. It is of utmost importance that you make sure you have cooked these all the way through or you could get sick. The following post has some good guidelines but our times could vary. So please, whatever you do, make sure yours are cooked!

I have a variety of baked chicken legs recipes on this website but I think these are my absolute favorite.

This is what you are going to need to do for these delectable, finger-licking-good baked chicken legs:

Serves six

12 thawed chicken legs – small to medium (larger drumsticks will take longer to cook)
2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS coarse salt
2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup BBQ sauce of choice

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Rinse and pat dry the chicken (make sure it is completely thawed) and place it in a large roasting pan or a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and season it generously with salt and pepper. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375.

Remove the chicken from the oven and brush – on both sides and liberally – with barbecue sauce. I like my homemade apple juice bbq sauce but you can use whatever you like.

Place the chicken back into the oven and cook for an extra 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush both sides one more time. Place in oven for an extra 7 to 10 minutes until the bbq sauce caramelizes and the chicken registers 170 degrees on a meat thermometer placed close to the bone. You can also slice the chicken, close to the bone, and if it is pink cook it for longer. I would cook it in 5 minute increments. Whatever you do, make sure your chicken is completely cooked through before serving. All ovens are different so your times might vary. I served mine with broccoli slaw and sweet potato chips.


2 chicken legs – CALORIES 345.31; FAT 16.52 grs (sat 4.07; mono 8.14; poly 3.27); PROTEIN 26.07 grs ; FIBER 1.54 grs; CARBS 20.71 grs; CHOLESTEROL 110 mg; IRON 1.67 mg; SODIUM 1514.05 mg; CALCIUM 3.16 mg


Print the Oven BBQ Chicken Legs Recipe Here

Print the Sweet Potato Chips Recipe Here

Print the Cole Slaw Recipe Here


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My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • January 27, 2013

    j p riley

    excellent recipie!! very easy and all my friends really enjoyed them

  • January 28, 2013


    Great! Thank you for letting me know! I appreciate you stopping by and trying this recipe!
    Mary Ann

  • April 5, 2013

    Jeff K

    Well…when Pops returned from the store with drumsticks only, I was baffled. I’m baffled no more! Making these tonight! Thank You in advance!

  • April 18, 2013


    Hi Jeff!
    I hope these came out perfectly for you. Thank you very much for stopping by.
    Mary Ann

  • April 23, 2013


    Im making this for dinner tonite ..hopefully my husband likes it

  • April 27, 2013


    Hi Ashlee!
    Thank you for the message. I hope your husband liked this.
    Mary Ann

  • June 3, 2013

    Staci Littrell

    I absolutely loved this recipe!

  • June 19, 2013


    Thank you Staci! I really appreciate your message. Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • June 21, 2013


    As a person who hates frying chicken.. This recipe came in perfect timing for my dinner plans… My family loved it

  • June 24, 2013


    Thank you Selia! I really appreciate you stopping by!
    Mary Ann

  • July 11, 2013


    This recipe is bomb diggity!

  • July 11, 2013

    Tiffany Posey

    This is a recipe I have been looking for. Something easy and tasty. Thanks for sharing. I will be posting the results.

  • July 11, 2013


    Thanks Zach! I am happy you like it!

  • July 11, 2013


    Hi Tiffany!
    Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and giving these a try!
    Mary Ann

  • July 25, 2013

    sylvia cooper


  • July 29, 2013


    Hi Sylvia!
    Thank you very much for stopping by. I am happy you like this recipe! Have a a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • July 30, 2013

    Hebe Lazzarini

    I love your site, hardly a day passes without I stopping by. Your recipes and explanations are great and I enjoy your cheerful smile as well. Being an experienced home cook myself I can appreciate great cooking.

    Hebe (Puertorrican)

  • August 10, 2013


    Thank you so much for your message! You made me very happy. I am so glad you like my site and recipes. Your support means a lot to me! Have a great week end.
    Mary Ann

  • October 1, 2013


    I have chicken legs and this will be the recipe I use. I will get back atcha.
    Thanks a bunch

  • October 4, 2013


    Hi Elizabeth!
    I hope these came out perfect for you! Thank you!
    Mary Ann

  • November 12, 2013


    Great Recipe. Really love it

  • November 14, 2013


    Thank you Cesar! I am happy you like this. I appreciate you stopping by!
    Mary Ann

  • December 18, 2013

    Mary Bowling

    Hi Mary Ann! My birth name was Mary Ann Allen , but I have married. I stumbled onto your website for your BbQ chicken recipe, (it sounds delicious) and just had to say hi. May the Lord bless you in all your endeavors.
    Mary Ann Allen Bowling

  • December 25, 2013


    Hi Mary Ann!
    Sorry for the delay! My kids are here for Christmas and I have been bad about following up! My birth name is Mary Ann Jacobs. Peter, my husband is an Allen. Thank you so much for stopping by. I am very happy you did. Blessings to you as well. Here’s to a superb 2014!
    Mary Ann

  • March 17, 2014

    Todd Caldwell

    I just looked at your website and then I hit the “back” button to go back to my original google search. You website is coded with a redirect that won’t let me back unless I hit the back button 2 times very fast. This is a tactic that the porn industry and phishing sites use. You don’t need to “trick” people to stay on your site.

  • March 17, 2014


    Hi Todd,
    I can assure you that this is not intentional. I will send your message to my webmaster so he can correct this. I have no desire to “trick” anyone. Thank you for stopping by.
    Mary Ann

  • March 17, 2014


    hi todd,

    im the webmaster @ im sorry to hear you are having problems navigating the site. i can honestly say we do not do anything to alter our users experience on the site. i checked on our end and tested the issue you reported and I could go back to the google search page by using the back button.

    Can you confirm the browser you experienced this issue with and we can continue researching on our end?

    thanks for your time in reporting this issue.

  • April 28, 2014


    Delicious! !

  • April 28, 2014


    Great baking instructions! Chicken came out moist and tender and done!

    I had to do an extra 10 minutes in my oven for a pack of 18 medium sized legs.

  • April 28, 2014


    Hi Bridget!
    I am happy you like this! Thank you for stopping by!
    Mary Ann

  • April 28, 2014


    Hi Rebekah!
    Yay! I am so happy this worked for you! Thank you so much for letting me know. I appreciate it a lot! Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • May 27, 2014


    Mary Ann,

    Oh my gosh, I made these for dinner tonight and my 3 year old daughter ate 3 drumsticks! They came out so good. Which one of your sides would you recommend to go with this the next time I make it?

    Thank you,

  • June 2, 2014


    Hi Nicole!
    I am sorry for taking so long in replying to you. I was on my way to the US from Vanuatu where I live. I would recommend baked sweet potato fries, broccoli apples and walnut slaw, sweet potato chips,red potato salad or creamy potato salad. Any of these sides will complement these drumsticks beautifully.

    Thank you so much for letting me know these worked for you. I really appreciate it! Take care and have a great week!

    Mary Ann

  • July 13, 2014

    Lisa Nelson

    These look and sound delicious. So easy and simple, just what i was looking for, for tonight.Thank you. :)

  • July 13, 2014


    Hi Lisa!
    Thank you for stopping by! I am glad you like these. I hope they come out perfect for you.
    Mary Ann

  • August 28, 2014


    Trying these now! I hope they turn out well! I also made broccoli slaw and white rice to pair with my chicken! Thanks for the recipe!

  • September 2, 2014


    Hi Natalie!
    You are welcome! I am very happy this worked for you. Thanks for stopping by!
    Mary Ann

  • September 22, 2014

    Nancy Nabors

    We have a big family witch we have 7 kids still at home and they Love chicken and I wanted to change something’s and seen your way of doing and WE LOVE IT. Please email with anymore great tips on your chicken thank you very much.

  • September 23, 2014


    Hi Nancy!
    Thank you very much for stopping by! I am super happy that you like this recipe. You know if you go to the main page of this website you will find a category for chicken under ‘Everyday’. There are hundreds of recipes for chicken that are simple, frugal and delicious. Make sure to sign-up to monthly newsletter where you will get 4 weeks of menus which will help you decide what to cook for dinner!Take care and thanks again.
    Mary Ann

  • November 9, 2014

    Joe M.

    I made this for my family last night, and it came out perfect! They loved it, as did I! Great recipe. Thank you!

  • November 9, 2014


    Hi Joe!
    I am so happy this worked for you. Thank you very much for letting me know. I really appreciate it.
    Mary Ann

  • November 12, 2014

    Leah Carbonell

    Dear Mary Ann.. I loved this recipe!! I was just looking to see how long and at what degree to cook the chicken and I happened to find your recipe. I was drawn to, not only your beautiful pictures of the food, and very user friendly site, but mostly to you. The way you describe the food, and teach us to make it was very down to earth, kind, and fun. You can tell that you enjoy what you are doing. And the videos are great!! Not to mention, most of the things are in your pantry or at your local supermarket!! You dont need to send to France for some thing you have never heard of! So thank you!! I want to follow your site and try new recipes.. if your ever in CT…look us husband is from Valencia Spain and makes the best paella and aioli in the world! Come on over. Leah

  • November 12, 2014


    Hi Leah!
    Thank you so much for your message! You made my day. I am so happy that you like my site and that you find value here. So very happy! I would love to meet you someday. I actually have a paella recipe and it gets destroyed by viewers from Valencia. . . ha ha ha! So, maybe one day he can teach me his version. I hope you are all well and thank you again. Take good care!
    Mary Ann

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