Say goodbye to bland, boring chicken for good! These Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Potatoes turn out flavorful and juicy every single time. Simply marinate the chicken and potatoes, bake them in the oven, and dinner is served! 

Baked garlic parmesan chicken drumsticks and potatoes.

Flavor Explosion: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks & Potatoes That’ll Leave You Begging for Seconds!

We all have those go-to chicken dinner recipes like coconut chicken tenders and Instant Pot chicken fajitas we rely on when we’re not sure what to cook. Recently, these garlic parmesan baked chicken drumsticks with potatoes have come in and seriously saved the day! 

A life-changing recipe, it’s made with simple ingredients and requires minimal effort, letting the oven do the hard work. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, set them aside to marinate, and then pop them in the oven! 

Dinner will be on the table before you know it, and the whole family will be gathered around excited to eat. Even better, this recipe can be served on its own or paired with all your favorite sides for a filling meal that makes enough to feed a crowd!

Raw chicken drumsticks over potatoes in a baking dish.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Just a handful of simple ingredients are all you need to create a recipe that will have your guests practically drooling. 

  • Potatoes – We prefer to use Yukon Golden potatoes because they have a softer texture and a more buttery flavor. However, any potatoes you have on hand can be used. 
  • Drumsticks – We prefer to use skin-on drumsticks as the skin gets nice and crispy, but skin-off drumsticks work well, too. 
  • Olive Oil – This forms the base of the marinade, keeping the chicken tender and infusing the dish with flavor. 
  • Lemon Juice – This helps balance out some of the heaviness of the fats, and the acidity keeps the chicken tender. Freshly squeezed lemon juice works best, but bottled varieties can also be used. 
  • Parmesan Cheese – If possible, buy a block of Parmesan, and grate it yourself! 
  • Garlic Cloves – Use whole cloves, and mince them finely. 
  • Seasonings – Smoked paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper create a savory flavor with just a hint of spice. 

The Secret to Making Juicy, Flavorful Chicken Every Time

This baked chicken drumsticks and potatoes recipe is a hands-off dish that requires very minimal effort but yields a big, bold flavor.  

  1. Prepare the Marinade. Add the oil, lemon juice, parmesan, and seasonings to a bowl, and whisk until they’re well combined. 
  2. Marinate the Potatoes. Pour half of the marinade into a sealable bag. Add the potatoes, seal, and toss to coat them with the liquid. Set aside. 
  3. Marinate the Chicken. In a second bag, pour the remaining marinade. Add the chicken, and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate at room temperature. 
  4. Bake. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on one side of a greased baking sheet. Arrange the chicken drumsticks on the other side. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and transfer it to a preheated oven. Bake until the potatoes are tender and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  5. Broil. Remove the foil, and set the oven to broil. Allow the chicken and potatoes to cook under the broiler just until they turn golden brown. Be careful not to burn! 
  6. Flavor. Brush any remaining marinade (not used on the raw chicken) on top, and let the chicken rest for a few minutes. 
  7. Serve. Garnish your baked chicken drumsticks and potatoes with fresh herbs, and enjoy warm! 
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Baked garlic parmesan chicken drumsticks and potatoes in a baking dish.

Flavor Variations 

Feel free to mix and match and herbs and seasonings you like best! For instance, some tasty flavor variations include: 

  • Ranch Seasoning
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Garlic Herb Seasoning
  • BBQ Seasoning
  • Teriyaki Seasoning
  • Jerk Seasoning
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Or Chili Powder, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper for a bit of heat

Serving Suggestions 

These garlic parmesan chicken drumsticks are super tasty on their own, but you can never go wrong with extra sauce! Try dipping them in barbecue sauce, Ranch, or toum sauce

Then, pair your dish with sides like Lebanese fattoush salad, pizza-flavored oven baked asparagus, parmesan oven roasted carrots, or oven roasted parmesan brussel sprouts for a complete meal!   

How to Store

Once cooked and cooled, leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to three to four days. Or, transfer your chicken and potatoes to separate freezer-safe bags, and keep them frozen for up to three to four months

To eat, thaw your leftovers in the fridge overnight, and warm them in the oven or microwave. 

A fork holding a bite of chicken over a pile of parmesan chicken drumsticks and potatoes.

Common Questions About This Garlic Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Potatoes Recipe

How long does it take for drumsticks to cook in the oven? 

The exact cooking time will vary depending on your oven and the size of your drumsticks. However, we found that anywhere from 45-50 minutes is long enough. 

Do you need to flip drumsticks in the oven? 

You don’t have to, but doing so can help ensure even baking and that they crisp up on both sides. 

How do you cook drumsticks in the oven without drying them out? 

Marinating the chicken and keeping it covered while it bakes is key to locking in moisture. You’ll also want to allow your chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute. 

Do you wash drumsticks before baking? 

No, according to the USDA, you should not wash any poultry before cooking

Should drumsticks be covered or uncovered? 

We bake these chicken drumsticks covered to help keep them tender and juicy. 

What is the best temperature to cook chicken drumsticks? 

We bake our chicken drumsticks at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Are drumsticks the same as legs? 

Drumsticks are the calf part of the chicken leg. Meanwhile, the thigh is the top part of the leg. 

More Chicken Dinner Recipes

Looking for more family-friendly chicken recipes? Try out the options below! 

Oven baked garlic parmesan chicken and potatoes.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 10 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Upgrade your chicken dinner with this garlic parmesan chicken and potatoes recipe for a meal that’s juicy, tender, flavorful, & easy to make!

Ingredients  

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 small Yukon Gold potatoes halved
  • 10 chicken drumsticks

Instructions 

  • In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, smoked paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the marinade.
    1/4 cup olive oil, 1 lemon, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 4 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Take half of the marinade, and place it in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the halved Yukon Gold potatoes to the bag, seal it, and toss to coat the potatoes thoroughly with the marinade. Set aside.
    10 small Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Place the chicken drumsticks in another large resealable plastic bag, and pour the remaining marinade over them. Seal the bag, and shake it to coat the chicken evenly with the marinade. Let it marinate for about 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
    10 chicken drumsticks
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
  • Arrange the marinated potatoes in a single layer on one side of a large baking dish, and place the marinated chicken drumsticks on the other side.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the foil from the baking dish. Increase the oven temperature to broil, and place the baking dish back in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes develop a golden brown color. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Once done, remove the baking dish from the oven. Use any reserved marinade (not used on raw chicken) to brush on top of the cooked chicken and potatoes for extra flavor.
  • Serve the Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks and Roasted Potatoes hot, garnished with fresh herbs like parsley or basil, if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 1099mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I made this tonight and it was a hit with everyone even my picky eater! Will definitely be adding to the weekly menu. I can’t believe how delicious and easy this dinner was! LOVE, LOVE!!