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Oven baked chicken drumsticks are a delicious choice for dinner, especially when you’re cooking your chicken legs on a sheet pan to cut down on the washing up. This garlic parmesan sheet pan drumsticks recipe boasts the flavors of garlic, parmesan, red pepper, and parsley. They pair with all kinds of side dishes and, if you like chicken, you’re going to love this baked chicken drumsticks recipe!

Garlic Parmesan Sheet Pan Chicken Drumsticks a white plate.

Juicy garlic parmesan sheet pan chicken drumsticks mean a healthy, flavorful dinner. This is such an easy recipe to make and the washing up is minimal.

Other sheet pan recipes you might like to try include honey garlic pork chops, eggs benedict, and this delicious turkey breast dinner!

A plate of garlic parmesan drumsticks topped with grated cheese and herbs.

Why You’ll Love These

So flavorful: The combination of garlic and parmesan is such a classic one, and everyone is going to rave over the flavor.
Easy cleanup: As you’re cooking the drumsticks on a sheet pan, that means there isn’t much washing up afterwards.
An affordable meal: Chicken drumsticks aren’t expensive and neither are any of the other ingredients, making this a budget meal that boasts a premium flavor.

Oven-baked chicken drumsticks on a wire rack garnished with herbs.

Garlic Parmesan Drumsticks Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Chicken drumsticks: The star ingredient. Chicken drumsticks are widely available. If you want to sub a different cut, such as skin-on chicken thighs, the cooking time will be different.
Garlic: Both garlic powder and fresh garlic feature in this baked chicken drumsticks recipe – one in the seasoning blend and the other in the sauce. Feel free to omit it or adjust the amount used.
Parmesan cheese: Take your pick from grating your own parmesan or buying it shredded, depending on your preference and how much of a rush you’re in.
Red pepper flakes: For some heat. You can adjust the amount, sub cayenne pepper or leave this ingredient out if you wish.
Melted butter: For the sauce. Butter adds a nice creaminess to the sauce. You could sub margarine or olive oil but butter is the most delicious option!

Ingredients for Garlic Parmesan Sheet Pan Chicken Drumsticks laid out on a countertop.

How to Make Sheet Pan Chicken Drumsticks

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Season the chicken drumsticks: Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with a paper towel and then toss them with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a large bowl until evenly coated.
Cook them: Arrange the drumsticks on a wire rack over a rimmed sheet pan or baking sheet and bake for about 35 minutes in a preheated oven.
Make the sauce: Whisk the melted butter with the minced garlic cloves, parmesan, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
The finishing touches: Toss the cooked chicken drumsticks with the sauce, garnish with fresh parsley and serve your sheet pan dinner hot with your favorite side dishes.

A hand lifting a piece of garlic parmesan drumsticks, garnished with parsley and red pepper flakes.

Substitutions and Variations

Spice them up: Although the recipe calls for red pepper flakes, you can tweak the amount depending on your preferences or add a few drops of Sriracha, Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce to the sauce mixture.
Use a different cheese: Emmentaler, Swiss cheese or any other shredded cheese or shredded cheese blend can be used in place of the parmesan.
Another herb: Use chopped fresh basil or another favorite herb in place of the parsley if liked.

A plate of parmesan-crusted oven-baked chicken drumsticks garnished with chopped parsley.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers:  Good appetizers to enjoy before the oven-baked chicken drumsticks include marinated olives with feta and burrata-stuffed tomatoes.
Side dishes: 
Mashed red potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, mac and cheese, and smoked asparagus are just a few ideas for tasty sides.

A plate of drumsticks garnished with fresh herbs, accompanied by grated parmesan cheese and garlic on a marble countertop.

How to Store Baked Chicken Legs

Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze: You can freeze them for up to 3 months. It’s best to do this without first adding the sauce, and make the sauce when you thaw them.
Thaw: Thaw the chicken drumsticks overnight in the fridge.
Reheat: Use the air fryer or microwave to warm the chicken drumsticks back up.

A person's hand lifting a piece of garlic parmesan drumsticks with a bite taken.

Top Tips

Pat the chicken dry: It’s a good idea to pat the chicken skin dry before adding the seasoning, as it will help them get crispy in the oven.
Check they’re done: Not sure if the drumsticks are cooked through? They will be 165 degrees in the thickest part (not touching the bone) when done. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they’re cooked through.
Don’t forget the napkins: These can be messy to eat, so remember the napkins!

A plate of garlic parmesan drumsticks with a side of sauce.

Chicken Drumstick Sheet Pan Recipe FAQs

Is it best to use skin-on chicken drumsticks or skinless ones?

Skin-on chicken drumsticks work best in this recipe because you’ll get wonderfully crispy skin in the oven. If you really don’t want the skin, you can use skinless chicken instead.

Can you use different seasonings?

Try lemon pepper, Italian or Cajun seasoning in place of the garlic powder and red pepper flakes if you like. If you’re using a seasoning containing salt, you might want to tweak the amount of salt in the recipe. Other flavors you might like include onion powder, dried oregano and smoked paprika.

Oven-baked chicken drumsticks sprinkled with cheese and herbs on a wire rack over a baking sheet.

Sheet Pan Drumsticks Recipe

5 from 13 votes

Garlic Parmesan Sheet Pan Chicken Drumsticks

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Juicy garlic parmesan sheet pan chicken drumsticks mean a healthy, flavorful dinner. This is such an easy recipe to make and the washing up is minimal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 12 chicken drumsticks, skin-on and bone-in
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ Cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ Cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 Pinch red pepper flakes
  • parsley, fresh chopped, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on top of a large sheet pan.
  • Remove drumsticks from their package and gently pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Add the drumsticks to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss until the drumsticks are coated.
  • Place drumsticks on the sheet pan, ensuring they are not touching.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until a digital thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the drumsticks.
  • While the drumsticks are baking, whisk together the melted butter, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
  • When the drumsticks are done baking, remove them from the oven and toss the drumsticks in the garlic parmesan sauce until coated.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately.


Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg
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If you’re looking for something delicious and easy to cook, you’re going to love these garlic parmesan drumsticks. They’re full of wonderful flavor and will come out moist and juicy. Chicken drumsticks make a change from chicken breast or chicken thighs, and you can customize this recipe, trying out other herbs and seasonings, or types of cheese. Paired with a couple of side dishes, this makes a lovely dinner for all the family to enjoy.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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  1. 5 stars
    I gave this recipe a shot and I’m really impressed! It was so delicious and my family loves it too! Love this recipe!