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garlic and paprika chicken drumsticks garnished with parsley in a roasting pan.
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Garlic and Paprika Chicken

Garlic and Paprika Chicken - Deliciously baked crispy, juicy and tender chicken drumsticks with a garlic and smoked paprika sauce.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken drumsticks, garlic paprika chicken
Servings: 12
Calories: 209kcal



  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a small skillet heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes and the herbs. Cook for about 1 minute over medium heat, do not burn the garlic.
  • Clean and dry the drumsticks and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Pour this olive oil mixture over the drumsticks and make sure the drumsticks are coated thoroughly with the olive oil/paprika mixture.
  • Place the drumsticks in a 9x13 baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes or until chicken legs are cooked through.
  • Serve with your favourite side dish and/or salad.



  1. If you can't find smoked paprika, regular paprika will work as well.
  2. This spice blend can be used on any type of chicken. This cook time will be the same for breasts and leg quarters. 
  3. Pat the chicken dry. Make sure to pat the chicken dry with paper towels before seasoning them with salt and pepper. Removing the excess moisture will make the drumsticks more crispy.
  4. Don’t burn the garlic. The garlic only needs to be cooked for 1 minute with the other spices. If it burns it will make the chicken bitter.  
  5. Temp the chicken. To make sure your drumsticks are fully cooked you will want to use an instant-read digital meat thermometer to ensure they have reached at least 165°F (74°C).
  6. Stored in an air tight container properly cooled, this chicken dish will keep for 3 - 4 days in the fridge. Just reheat in the microwave or the oven if you'd prefer when ready to eat.


Serving: 1drumstick | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 754IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg