1 net carb

Baked Chicken Legs Drumsticks

This quick and easy recipe for baked chicken legs drumsticks, coated in a savory blend of herbs and spices, results in a crispy yet juicy dish that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

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Baked Chicken Legs Drumsticks

Oven baked chicken legs drumsticks on a white plate next to a blue napkin.

Low-Carb Baked Chicken Legs Drumsticks [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
This recipe for baked chicken legs drumsticks is the perfect quick and easy yet flavorful meal. Coated in a savory blend of herbs and spices, these drumsticks are baked in the oven to perfection, resulting in a crispy yet juicy dish that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Whether you're an experienced cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is simple to follow and will quickly become a family favorite. So preheat your oven and get ready to impress your guests with this delicious and hassle-free dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 1 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 8 chicken drumsticks, skin on (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayanne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 425F (218C). Spray a baking sheet with olive oil.
    Spraying a baking sheet with olive oil.
  • Add chicken drumsticks to a large ziploc bag. Pour oil over top, and add all of the seasoning - garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried parsley, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Seal the ziploc bag.
    Top view of chicken legs drumsticks in a plastic bag covered with oil and spices.
  • Using your hands, mix the contents of the bag well. Make sure all of the chicken is coated with the seasonings.
    Top view of of mixing chicken legs drumsticks with oil and spices in ziploc plastic bag.
  • Arrange the drumsticks in a single layer on the baking sheet.
    Top view of chicken legs drumsticks coated with oil and spices on a baking sheet.
  • Bake drumsticks uncovered until internal temperatures reaches 165F, about 40-45 minutes. Enjoy immediately!
    Side view of baked chicken legs drumsticks on a baking sheet just out of the oven.




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Spice variations

You can use just about any blend of herbs and spices you’d like. If you have a pre-mixed seasoning, you can use that too! We love this recipe with Kick’n Chicken Seasoning. You can also make a garlic parmesan seasoning blend using melted butter, minced garlic, parsley, and parmesan cheese.

Serving size

The serving size for this recipe is for 2 drumsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this baked chicken legs drumsticks recipe Keto?

Yes! With only 1 gram of net carbs per serving (2 drumsticks), this recipe is perfect for a low-carb or Keto diet! If you’re feeling extra hungry, you can eat more than one serving without worrying about eating too many carbs.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! Our baked chicken legs drumsticks are naturally gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: You can season the chicken up to 1 day ahead of time, and leave it in the sealed plastic bag in your refrigerator.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover baked chicken legs drumsticks in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also use leftover chicken in any recipe that calls for chicken.
  • Freezing instructions: This recipe is best when the chicken legs are frozen before baking. We recommend mixing the chicken, oil, spices, and herbs in a plastic bag and then freezing after this step. When ready to cook, thaw the chicken overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed.
  • To reheat: Reheat in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave on low power.

Additional Details

When it comes to flavorful, low-carb recipes for individuals with diabetes, baked chicken legs drumsticks are a delightful and nourishing option. These drumsticks are coated in crispy, golden-brown skin, locking in the natural juices of the chicken for a moist and satisfying meal. The low-carb nature of this recipe makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking to manage their blood sugar levels while still enjoying delicious food.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

This recipe offers several benefits for individuals with diabetes:

  • Low-Carb Content: Baked chicken legs drumsticks are a low-carb option, which means they have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. This makes them suitable for people with diabetes who need to monitor their carbohydrate intake.
  • Protein Powerhouse: Chicken drumsticks are an excellent source of lean protein. Protein plays a crucial role in managing blood sugar levels, as it helps slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, preventing spikes in blood sugar. Incorporating protein-rich foods like chicken drumsticks into your meals can aid in blood sugar control.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Chicken drumsticks provide essential nutrients such as vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, and iron. These nutrients support overall health and help maintain optimal energy levels.

How to Prepare Baked Chicken Legs Drumsticks

To ensure your baked chicken drumsticks turn out perfectly every time, consider the following tips:

  • Marinating for Extra Flavor: For a more intense flavor, marinate the drumsticks in a mixture of your choice. Opt for a combination of herbs, spices, and acidic ingredients like lemon juice or vinegar. Marinating the chicken for a few hours or overnight enhances its tenderness and infuses it with additional flavor.
  • Seasoning the Skin: To achieve crispy, flavorful skin, generously season the drumsticks with a blend of herbs, spices, and salt. This not only adds taste but also creates an appealing presentation.
  • Using a Wire Rack: Placing the drumsticks on a wire rack while baking allows the heat to circulate evenly, resulting in a crispy exterior. It also prevents the drumsticks from sitting in their own juices, ensuring they remain tender and moist.

What to Serve With Chicken Drumsticks

Now that your baked chicken legs drumsticks are ready, here are a few serving suggestions to elevate your meal:

  • Fresh Salad: Serve the drumsticks with a side of refreshing green salad tossed with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a light vinaigrette. The crispness of the salad provides a lovely contrast to the juicy chicken.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Pair the drumsticks with a medley of roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, and onions. The caramelization of the vegetables adds a depth of flavor that complements the chicken perfectly.
  • Cauliflower Mash: Replace traditional mashed potatoes with a creamy cauliflower mash. It’s a low-carb alternative that offers a similar texture and taste, providing a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

Variations of Baked Chicken Legs

To add variety to your baked chicken legs drumsticks, consider trying these delicious variations:

  • Spicy Kick: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, incorporate a spicy rub or sauce into the seasoning mix. Cayenne pepper, paprika, and chili powder can add a tantalizing kick to the drumsticks.
  • Citrus Twist: Infuse your drumsticks with a burst of citrusy flavor by adding lemon zest or a squeeze of lime juice to the seasoning. The tangy notes will brighten up the dish.
  • Asian-inspired Glaze: Prepare a glaze using soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a touch of honey or a sugar substitute. Brush the drumsticks with the glaze before baking for a savory Asian twist.

Baked chicken legs drumsticks are a fantastic addition to any low-carb, diabetes-friendly menu. With their tender, juicy meat, crispy skin, and flavorful seasoning, they provide a satisfying and nourishing meal option. By incorporating these drumsticks into your diet, you can enjoy a delicious protein-rich dish while maintaining stable blood sugar levels. So go ahead and indulge in the delightful flavors of baked chicken legs drumsticks while keeping your health goals in mind.

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