Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Recipe Intensity: Easy

Table of Contents


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to form a marinade.
  2. Marinate the Chicken: Add the chicken drumsticks to the bowl and toss to coat them evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours for more intense flavor.
  3. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  4. Arrange Drumsticks: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Arrange the marinated drumsticks on the wire rack.
  5. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, turning the drumsticks halfway through the cooking time, until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
  6. Serve: Remove from the oven and let the drumsticks rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley before serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving, assuming recipe makes 4 servings):

  • Calories: 300
  • Total Fat: 18g
    • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 130mg
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
    • Dietary Fiber: 1g
    • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 30g

Enjoy these spicy chicken drumsticks, perfect for a flavorful and satisfying meal that packs a punch!

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