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Fall off the Bone Chicken Drumsticks in Oven

We first shared how long to bake chicken drumsticks at 400 with a bit of sauce. Now it was time for sheet pan legs with this fall off the bone chicken drumsticks in oven recipe!! Add diced vegetables like potatoes, broccoli and bell peppers together you’ll have a one pan meal that is healthy too.


Baked chicken legs are a cheap and kid favorite meal. For generations it has been the part that children everywhere prefer since you can grab and go, never wanting to sit down at a picnic. This is a great way to bake drumsticks and vegetables together for dinner this week. (affiliate links present)

Fall off the Bone Chicken Legs

Yes we do love a batch of fried chicken legs for sure, but I only do that every so often. Not only do I hate using that much oil (which can be pricey) but I’ve been trying to eat healthy and that is not on the list of okays in that regard. These are a close second even though there is no breading on the outside.

You could cook this same duo in that small countertop hot air appliance right over there in your kitchen too. Negative to making Fried Chicken in Air Fryer without Flour and veggies at the same time is you’d need 2 machines. I do have two drawers but even with that you can only fit enough to feed about 2 people at a time.

Chicken Drumstick Nutrition

Sheet Pan Drumsticks

Now this is a great way to cook all sorts of meats. Just like London Broil in the Oven you will want a thermometer handy so you can check the insides often so once the temp. is ideal you can take them out. Nobody wants overcooked meat of any kind coming out dry and without as much flavor. For fall off the bone chicken drumsticks in oven you’ll need;

  • 6-12 chicken legs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil will help keep it moist and get crispy skin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano, garlic or onion powder, basil and thyme

How to Cook Chicken Drumsticks in Oven

Sheet Pan Chicken Legs and Vegetables of course is a great option if you want an entire meal on one tray getting tender all at the same time. Below is what we added and baked at the same rate together so they were all fork tender to perfection.

  • 1/2 red onion
  • Broccoli florets
  • Baby potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes sliced into bite size chunks
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder, thyme and basil

In order to ensure you get juicy and tender meat you need a meat thermometer. Near the end check the internal temperature by removing the baking sheet from the heat and place into the thickest part. As SOON as it reaches 165 degrees F take it out! Remember that it will continue rising about 5 degrees while resting to.

Chicken Drumsticks Marinade

Chicken Drumstick Nutrition

Chicken drumstick protein is pretty high for such a small piece, and a family favorite cut. They are flavorful and have lots of juicy meat at the end of that bone. Amounts vary depending on how large they are but basic nutritional information for 1 chicken leg that is cooked and skinless meat is;

  • Calories: Approximately 184 calories
  • Protein: Around 27 grams
  • Fat: Approximately 8 grams
  • Carbs are next to nothing, less than 1 gram

Of course if you removed the skin entirely and didn’t eat that you would have next to NO fat at all. Seasonings won’t really add anything other than sodium possibly. Key to ensuring that you will get fall off the bone chicken drumsticks in oven is the timing and temperature internally. That is what you need to be concerned about.

Timing is approximately 45 minutes but you may want to check closer to 30 just in case. Some ovens can run hot, or may be on a rack that is higher than normal so checking often is key to your success. You could pair this with How to Cook T Bone Steak in Oven too while these are resting since it doesn’t take long.

Sheet Pan Drumsticks

Chicken Drumsticks Marinade

Chicken recipes with marinades can be customized to your taste preferences by adjusting the ingredient quantities or adding additional spices and herbs. Allow the drumsticks to marinate for at least 1 to 4 hours (or overnight for maximum flavor) is ideal before cooking. Remember to discard any leftovers that have come into contact with raw meat.

  1. You can use a bottled barbecue sauce like we do with our Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks
  2. Often times we will use that teriyaki chicken marinade overnight for an Asian flare
  3. You can use something spicy like Franks Red Hot sauce if you like heat
  4. Our stir fry marinade is great for this one, you could even toss the veggies with an additional batch before laying on the sheet pan.
  5. There’s nothing saying you couldn’t use our really popular fajita marinade on this one!
  6. Use a dry rub if you would rather, that is still better if you coat, sit in a bowl covered in the fridge for a few hours. We do these with our Butterflied Chicken Legs and it’s great.
  7. During the summer months this lemon pepper chicken marinade is killer to use.

Calories in Chicken Drumstick

How many calories in a chicken drumstick depends on the size again but are usually about 184 calories per. If you make Lollipop Chicken Drumsticks it might be very slightly less since you’re cutting off a bit of meat at the very top.

Fall off the Bone Chicken Drumsticks in Oven

Chicken Drumsticks Temperature

The internal meat temperature of chicken is an essential factor in ensuring they are safely cooked and have reached the desired level of doneness, but not dry. It is recommended for cooked chicken to reach 165° Fahrenheit or 74° Celcius. This ensures that any harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella, are killed, making pieces safe to eat.

To measure accurately, you can use a food thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding contact with bones. Make sure not to touch it to the pan or grill, as it may affect the reading. It should be removed from the heat source first too or it won’t be accurate either.

How to check if chicken is done without a thermometer can be done. Let’s say if you were making grilled chicken drumsticks, you can still tell if they are safe to eat, pretty much. The way to do that is to look at the meat. If it is pulling away from the bone and when poked the juices

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Fall off the Bone Chicken Drumsticks in Oven

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, chicken legs, onions, potatoes, sheet pan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 363kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 sheet pan



  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. Pat chicken legs dry with paper towels, brush with olive oil and then roll around into a bowl with all of the mixed spices listed above until each leg is coated.
  • If only baking drumsticks – Line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle with remaining oil on top. Lay out the chicken legs. Bake for 40 minutes in the oven. Then spray a bit of olive oil on top, or brush with teriyaki or bbq sauce on top of each one and bake for another 5 minutes or until as browned as you'd like and inside reaches 165 F inside.
  • If adding vegetables to your sheet pan drumsticks – Rinse, dry and cut baby potatoes into halves or quarters, put in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle with remaining oil. Lay out seasoned chicken legs and potatoes. Cover baking sheet with foil and bake for 40 minutes in the oven.
  • Put the broccoli florets in a saucepan, cover with water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes, then drain and rinse the broccoli with cold water. Let the water drain again.
  • After 40 minutes, put the chopped onion, boiled broccoli and tomato sliced on a baking sheet. Sprinkle it with spices as desired. Bake for another 10-15 minutes covered to stay moist or uncovered to brown and bake.


Nutrition Facts
Fall off the Bone Chicken Drumsticks in Oven
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 506mg22%
Potassium 584mg17%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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