spicy baked chicken drumsticks

Do you ever find yourself going through food preferences phases? Do you enjoy eating something now that you hated before? I remember hating mushrooms as a kid and only eating ONE kind of cheese. Out of the gazillion kinds of epic cheeses I only ate feta cheese The lightest of all. NOT. So if you feel frustrated now with your tiny human being a picky eater, there is still hope. I can assure you of that.

Sincerely yours,

the cheese devouring queen

Of course there are some foods I have always loved and always will (hello butter). Chicken however, is a different story. I used to like it, then I had a complete aversion to it throughout my 3 pregnancies and for the past year or so I cook it once a week since it tends to be such a crowd pleaser. Although my kids favorites are still the crunchy baked corn flake chicken & the homemade chicken deli I always like to try new things and recently came up with a recipe that has become our new staple. I hope you ‘ll enjoy it as much as we do.

spicy baked chicken drumsticks   


  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 220 C fan assisted
  • Mix the olive oil with the spices to form a paste
  • Rub the paste on the drumsticks
  • Place the drumsticks on a grill rack and cover the bottom of the oven with aluminium foil (the greasy skin of the drumsticks tends to splatter all over the place while baked).
  • Bake the drumsticks until golden brown (about 25 minutes).


Personal Notes:

  1. I usually dispose of the skins once baked as they are very tasty but quite unhealthy. You could bake them skinless but that would result in dry drumsticks. 
  2. Leftovers (if there are any) are perfect with some lettuce and a lime vinaigrette


  1. Krystyna says:

    Apart from anise (therefore no ouzo, no fennel and so on) I like pretty much everything now but as a kid I didn’t like tomatoes (!), banana and ketchup. I love all 3 of them now.

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