Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Savor our Garlic-Rosemary Chicken recipe, a great way to spice up your usual chicken recipes. Surprisingly, we’ll be using chicken drumsticks, veering away from your typical chicken breast or thighs. They’re very inexpensive, which is perfect if you’re looking for a budget meal recipe. Apart from that, this recipe will also be using tons of garlic, having flavors that give quite a punch. Since we’re using a lot of garlic cloves in this recipe, you can adjust the amount you’ll use for a gentler taste. Rosemary, on the other hand, works as an amazing seasoning for chicken. The meat tends to have a gammy-like taste which is balanced out by the fresh, woodsy taste of the rosemary. Before cooking, don’t forget to finely chop the sprigs. Rosemary is quite tough even after cooking. 

Preparing the Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Now, you might be wondering if this chicken recipe is healthy. Meat-wise, not so much, since chicken drumsticks are fattier than chicken breasts. However, we have added in herbs and vegetables to give our dish a healthy boost. Rosemary has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory factors while garlic reduces blood pressure. This recipe also contains roasted potatoes which balance out the meal with a rich flavor and dense texture. For this recipe, you can replace the potatoes with any vegetable you like. Chicken also goes well with corn, carrots, and broccoli. If you don’t have chicken drumsticks, you can use any chicken cut you have on hand. Just keep an eye on them as chicken cuts have different recommended cooking times. 

This recipe is great for family meals and small seasonal gatherings. A great dish to pair with this recipe is our copycat Domino’s Pasta Primavera recipe. A bowl of pasta paired with a savory piece of roasted chicken, what could possibly go wrong? So, let’s dive right into cooking and make some delicious chicken drumsticks.

Tip: To avoid dry chicken drumsticks, pour fat-free chicken broth at the bottom of the pan and cover it with foil.

Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

How To Make Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks

This quick and easy Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Recipe lets you enjoy chicken drumsticks infused with herbs and spices, with flavors that you won’t get enough of.

Prep: 5 mins
Resting Time:: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
Total: 1 hr 45 mins


  • 2 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 lb new potatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 tbsp rosemary leaves, fresh
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine and toss all ingredients together. Be sure that all are fully coated in the mixture before setting them in your oven.
  3. Transfer both your chicken and potatoes onto a baking sheet, roasting pan, or a baking casserole of your choice lined with foil.
  4. Roast for roughly 1½ hours or until your chicken is cooked through.
  5. Let your roasted chicken drumsticks rest for about 10 minutes. Place them on a platter, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can add lemon slices for garnish.


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 43mg
  • Calories: 293kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Potassium: 578mg
  • Protein: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 887mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 82IU
  • Vitamin C: 17mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I need to roast my chicken before placing it in the oven?

Searing your chicken will build flavor and create a crisp, brown texture. It caramelizes the surface of the meat, which enhances the savory flavor. Though searing isn’t a necessary process, it results in a dish filled with a complex flavor which is absolutely delicious.

 Can I use a whole chicken for this recipe?

Yes! But that’s an entirely different process. Some recipes require you to trim visible fat, loosen the skin, and tie the drumsticks together using kitchen twine. You would also need to baste the skin as you can’t sear a whole chicken. You can check out our Creamy Roast Chicken for reference or you might as well try it out. It’s a whole chicken recipe made easy!

Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks


This Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Recipe will give your chicken drumsticks perfectly moist and tender meat and a crisp outer layer that we get from searing. It’s a simple meal that requires minimal ingredients. You can easily make this dish in a short amount of time, with delicious roasted potatoes on the side.
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