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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 legs

  1. Rimmed baking sheet
  2. Chicken pieces – defrosted legs were used, if they’re not here is how to cook frozen chicken legs quickly
  3. Your favorite homemade or bottled sauce
  4. Sesame seeds on top are a nice garnish

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

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

I threw together my own homemade teriyaki sauce for this. Yes you could use ready made but this is super simple and you can even add a bit of heat to it if you want it spicy.

  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:

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

Oven Baked Drumsticks

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.

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.

For faster timing you can try our Instant Pot chicken legs recipe here too.

Instant Pot Chicken Legs

Basic steps to follow;

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

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

  • 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.

If you have leftovers they save quite well in a freezer bag. Allow them to cool completely before doing this but they can be stored in the fridge this way and reheated within 2-3 days of being saved. Pop them into the microwave for about 1 minute. Adding more sauce to the top will keep them moist which is vital so they don’t dry out.

To make our slow cooker teriyaki wings too, follow these directions. Jump to recipe below and let us know what you think. Remember that the cook time will vary depending on how large and/or thick your pieces are. I highly suggest medium sizes for best results.

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

* Always ensure juices run clear and check internal temperature before eating.

For something similar using a small kitchen appliance, give our air fryer marinated chicken breasts a whirl too! I would buy boneless with the skin still on for this. That way it stays as tender as possible, even if you take it off before eating. Juices will drain into the pan below and are great to save for reheating later on.

air fryer marinated chicken

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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Mary

Friday 19th of January 2018

I'm trying this. Except I marinated in plain teriyaki. Then added the recipe marinade and let it sit overnight to really sink in with flavor.

I made a side dish of authentic Hawaiian macaroni salad, which I let rest overnight as well. I didn't add the ham. If I did, it would be Spam. That's what Hawaiians use.

I will take a picture and give input once I've eaten it. So stay tuned.

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