Spicy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Enjoy these mouthwatering spicy chicken drumsticks, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a weekend barbecue. They’re packed with flavor and just the right amount of heat to satisfy your taste buds.


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, for garnish)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a large bowl, combine olive oil, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt.
    • Add honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, and lime juice to the mixture. Stir until well combined.
  3. Marinate the Chicken:
    • Add the chicken drumsticks to the bowl, making sure each piece is thoroughly coated with the marinade.
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, preferably up to 2 hours for more flavor.
  4. Bake the Drumsticks:
    • Place the marinated drumsticks on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them out evenly.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, turning them halfway through to ensure even cooking. The drumsticks should be golden brown and have an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  5. Optional Grilling:
    • For an extra smoky flavor, you can grill the drumsticks instead of baking them. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and cook the drumsticks for about 25-30 minutes, turning occasionally.
  6. Serve:
    • Once cooked, remove the drumsticks from the oven or grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
    • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro if desired and serve hot.

Enjoy your spicy chicken drumsticks with a side of your favorite dipping sauce, a fresh salad, or some roasted vegetables. Bon appétit!

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