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Buffalo drumsticks with celery and carrots on a white plate

Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks Healthier (Baked)

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 drumsticks 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


Spicy chicken drumsticks that are perfect for a game day appetizer or a simple dinner.



Chicken drumsticks

  • 4 each chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt


  • 1/3 cup Franks RedHot®Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


Chicken Drumsticks

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line a sheet pan (affiliate link) with parchment paper or spray with pan release.
  3. Remove the skin by holding the bone of the drumstick while pulling the skin off the chicken.
  4. Pat drumsticks dry with a paper towel. Place the drumsticks on the sheet pan (affiliate link).
  5. Brush the drumsticks with oil.
  6. Season drumsticks with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the sheet pan (affiliate link) in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.


  1. While the chicken is cooking, combine Franks RedHot®Buffalo Wings Sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  2. Using tongs, flip the drumsticks and bake another 10 minutes or until drumsticks are golden brown and reached 165° F.
  3. Once the chicken is done, remove the sheet pan (affiliate link) from the oven.
  4. Set the oven temp to broil.
  5. Brush the sauce liberally all over the drumsticks.
  6. Place the pan back in the oven for 5 minutes until the sauce is hot and starts to brown.
  7. Remove the sheet pan (affiliate link) from the oven.
  8. Enjoy!


  1.  Be sure dry the drumsticks so that it will brown.
  2.   If you use frozen drumsticks, be sure to thaw them before baking. 
  3.   Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  
  4.  The drumsticks can be eaten cold.