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Oven Baked Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

Baked teriyaki chicken drumsticks with an easy homemade sweet and spicy sauce you’ll love! Moist chicken legs cooked in the oven in just about an hour.

teriyaki chicken drumsticks

These teriyaki chicken drumsticks are simple to make and full of flavor. Use bottled or whip up this sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce yourself that can be full of heat or mild if you choose. Either way it brings me back to my days in Hawaii and is one of our favorite healthy main dishes. (originally published 8/17, affiliate links present)

If you love all things teriyaki you’ll love these baked chicken legs marinated in an easy to make homemade sauce.

Teriyaki chicken drumsticks

  1. Rimmed baking sheet
  2. Chicken pieces – defrosted legs were used, if they’re not here is how to cook frozen chicken legs quickly

I prefer to get medium sized. If they are quite large it takes longer to cook through to the center and in my opinion the meat isn’t as tender.

chicken legs
  1. Hoisin sauce
  2. Soy sauce
  3. Minced ginger
  4. Chopped or minced garlic
  5. Chicken broth
chicken broth
  1. Brown Sugar
  2. Sriracha if you want a little or a lot of heat – tasty either way
  3. Sesame seeds optional

They sound pretty darn yummy right?? Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this:

How long does it take to cook drumsticks at 400?

About 25 minutes. I prefer to bake at 375 instead for longer in order to make the inside meat more tender. To crisp chicken skin even more at the end you can put into your Ninja Foodi or air fryer for a few min.

How long does it take to cook drumsticks in the oven?

That depends on how thick the legs are but typically from 25-60 minutes total. It is best to flip them halfway through so the meat cooks evenly.

What brand of teriyaki sauce is the best?

I prefer to make my own, I share the recipe for that below and use it in our Instant Pot spicy teriyaki chicken recipe too. For a bottled marinade I like Veri Veri Teriyaki brand.veri veri teriyaki

teriyaki chicken drumsticks 2

This isn’t a fancy meal, but that totally doesn’t describe my household. I love simple recipes that are easy to throw together, we all love, and if they are healthy that’s a major bonus!

This falls into all of these categories and since they are chicken legs they are quite inexpensive and with a side of rice or simple potato salad and some salad it is a complete meal that is just oh so yummy!

Of course you can use bottled teriyaki, this one is my favorite if I am in a rush, but really the homemade teriyaki sauce mix below is really simple to make and tastes amazing.

Instant Pot Chicken Legs

Basic steps to follow

Time needed: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

  1. Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

    Mix together all ingredients well in a bowl. (or you can use 1 jar of teriyaki sauce if you don’t want to make your own). Put 1/2 c. aside to use later. Put drumsticks in a bowl or a gallon ziploc bag.

    Pour sauce on top of chicken and put in fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours. Turn bag or stir chicken in bowl to rotate pcs. halfway thru if possible.homemade teriyaki sauce

  2. Prepare

    Line cookie sheet with parchment paper to prevent skin from sticking. Set chicken drumsticks on pan making sure not to overlap them.

  3. Bake

    Preheat oven at 375 degrees, put in on middle rack for 30 minutes. Turn drumsticks over and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.

    Spoon 1-2 tbsp of teriyaki sauce on each chicken leg and put back in for 10-15 minutes or until golden color you desire is achieved.

To make slow cooker teriyaki wings, follow these directions.

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After you try these you should give these other chicken recipes a whirl:

For something similar using a small kitchen appliance, give our air fryer marinated chicken breasts a whirl too!

air fryer marinated chicken

Ensure juices run clear and check internal temperature before eating.

Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

Baked teriyaki chicken drumsticks with an easy homemade sweet and spicy sauce you’ll love! Moist chicken legs cooked in the oven in just about an hour.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Japanese
Keyword baked, chicken, drumsticks, easy, legs, teriyaki
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 338kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together all ingredients well in a bowl. (can use 1 jar of teriyaki sauce if you don’t want to make your own). Put 1/2 c. aside to use later.
  • Put drumsticks in a bowl or a gallon ziploc bag.
  • Pour sauce on top of chicken and put in fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours. Turn bag or stir chicken in bowl to rotate pcs. halfway thru if possible.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper to prevent skin from sticking.
  • Set chicken drumsticks on pan making sure not to overlap them.
  • Put in oven at 375 degrees, on middle rack, for 30 minutes.
  • Turn drumsticks over and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
  • Spoon 1-2 tbsp of teriyaki sauce on each chicken leg and put back in for 10-15 minutes or until golden color you desire is achieved.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 2293mg100%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 5.7mg7%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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