Baked BBQ Chicken Legs – Beyond The Chicken Coop

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Easy to make BBQ chicken in the oven! These Baked BBQ Chicken Legs are fully cooked in the oven, but taste just like you spent time over cooking on a grill.

Perfect for dinner anytime of the year!

A plate filled with chicken legs covered in barbecue sauce.

BBQ chicken in the oven

Sometimes I want everything about barbecued chicken except I don’t want to mess with the grill! Usually it’s when it’s pouring down rain or on the days when I just don’t have time to tend to the chicken on the grill.

That’s when this Baked BBQ Chicken comes into play! These chicken drumsticks are first baked in the oven, then coated with a BBQ sauce and baked a bit longer to caramelize the sauce.

The BBQ sauce gives all the flavors you’d find on the grill, but without any of the difficulties you might experience on the grill.

With oven baked chicken, you don’t have to worry about flare ups, turning the chicken every few minutes, uneven heat, or the chicken sticking to the grill.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Legs are easy peasy and delicious!

Key ingredients

Chicken drumsticks next to a jar of BBQ sauce.
  • chicken drumsticks
  • BBQ sauce – make your own BBQ sauce or purchase from store
  • salt and pepper

Step by step directions

  • Sprinkle drumsticks with salt and pepper
  • Place on a greased baking rack over a baking sheet
  • Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 35-45 minutes or until 165°F and the skin is crispy
  • Brush all sides of each drumstick with BBQ sauce and return to oven for 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened and just beginning to brown
  • Rest chicken for 5-10 minutes before serving

recipe tips

  • Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. This is optional but does help make cleanup a bit easier.
  • Be certain to lightly spray the baking rack with a nonstick spray
  • If a baking rack isn’t available, just cook directly on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be certain to flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
  • Chicken drumsticks vary in size. This affects the cooking time. For best results use an instant read thermometer to determine if the chicken is cooked through.
  • Cook chicken to 165-180°F
  • Packages of chicken drumsticks are often sold partially frozen. Be certain to fully thaw before baking.

Frequently asked questions

How do I store leftover baked BBQ chicken legs?

Store leftover legs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To use, eat cold or heat in a microwave for 1 minute.

Can I freeze baked chicken legs?

Yes, these BBQ chicken legs can be frozen. Store in a freezer safe container. They are best used within 3 months.

Thaw and then reheat. Additional BBQ sauce may be needed before reheating the drumsticks.

serving suggestions

You’ll also want to check out What to Serve With BBQ Chicken for more delicious side dishes.

More delicious chicken dishes

Chicken drumsticks covered with barbecue sauce.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Be certain to check out all my delicious main dish recipes!

A plate filled with chicken legs covered in barbecue sauce.

Baked BBQ Chicken Legs

Kathy

Delicious oven baked chicken drumsticks covered with barbecue sauce.

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Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 45 mins

Total Time 50 mins

Race main dish

Kitchen American

Servings 12 drumsticks

calories 161 calories

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F

  • Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or foil. Place a lightly greased baking rack on top of baking sheet.

  • Sprinkle drumsticks with salt and pepper

    12 chicken drumsticks, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • Place on a greased baking rack over a baking sheet

  • Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 35-45 minutes or until 165°F and the skin is crispy

  • Brush all sides of each drumstick with BBQ sauce and return to oven for 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened and just beginning to brown

    1 cup BBQ sauce

  • Rest chicken for 5-10 minutes before serving

  • Sprinkle with parsley, if desired

    1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley

Ratings

  • Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. This is optional but does help make cleanup a bit easier.
  • Be certain to lightly spray the baking rack with a nonstick spray
  • If a baking rack isn’t available, just cook directly on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be certain to flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
  • Chicken drumsticks vary in size. This affects the cooking time. For best results use an instant read thermometer to determine if the chicken is cooked through.
  • Cook chicken to 165-180°F
  • Packages of chicken drumsticks are often sold partially frozen. Be certain to fully thaw before baking.

Nutrition Disclaimer:

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. To obtain the most precise nutritional information in a provided recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the exact ingredients you are using when preparing the recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drum stickcalories: 161caloriesCarbohydrates: 10gprotein: 14gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 421mgPotassium: 225mgfiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 88UIVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg

Keyword Baked BBQ Chicken, Oven Baked Chicken

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