Since my hubby’s bypass heart surgery last year, we’ve been eating a lot of chicken. I usually remove the skin, but this is such a healthy way to have a chicken drumstick, (as opposed to frying), that I left the skin on for flavor.
The chicken is moist and juicy and the roasted vegetables have a deep rich flavor from the caramelization.
Important Tip: Be sure to pat the drumsticks completely dry before seasoning. The skin will not get nice and crispy if you omit this step!
Recipe - Oven-Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Roasted Root Vegetables
This super easy chicken drumstick recipe delivers crispy, mouthwatering results. You can further simplify this recipe by roasting the chicken and vegetables on a single baking sheet, but using the two pan method described below yields crispier, more evenly cooked chicken. Plus, it allows you to remove the vegetables from the oven a few minutes earlier than the chicken, if needed.
1. Arrange oven racks so they are evenly spaced apart before pre-heating to 425°F.
2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, or Silpat baking mats, and set aside. I don't recommend Aluminum foil.
3. Cut carrots into thin slices and onion into wedges before separating into individual slices. Place sliced carrots and onion on one of the prepared baking sheets and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to coat. Spread vegetables into a single layer and set aside.
4. Place a metal baking rack on the other baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
5. Pat drumsticks completely dry with paper towels. Sprinkle on all sides with smoked paprika, garlic salt, onion salt, and black pepper and arrange seasoned drumsticks on baking rack.
6. Place both baking sheets into pre-heated oven, with chicken on the upper rack. Roast for 20 minutes, then rotate both baking sheets and roast for another 15-20 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken reads at least 165°F and the vegetables are tender and caramelized. (Depending on your oven and how thin you sliced the vegetables, they may be done a little sooner).
7. Remove each baking sheet from oven when ready and transfer chicken to a serving platter. Loosely cover chicken with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes before serving with roasted root vegetables.