Tangy and Savory Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken Drumsticks

These mouthwatering roasted lemon pepper chicken drumsticks are the epitome of tangy and savory flavor. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or a flavorful feast, these drumsticks are a perfect choice. Made with just a few simple ingredients, they are easy to prepare and guaranteed to impress.

A plate of chicken legs with lemon slices in the back on a white and blue kitchen towel.

Why You’ll Love These Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken Drumsticks:

  • Easy to Make: With only four ingredients, this recipe is incredibly simple and quick to prepare.
  • Low Prep: Don’t worry if you’re short on time. The prep for this dish is minimal, making it a go-to option for busy days.
  • Simple Ingredients: You’ll find everything you need for this recipe at your local grocery store.

Let’s Get Started! Here’s What You’ll Need:

Labeled ingredients on a kitchen counter: lemon (for juice), chicken drumsticks, oil, and lemon pepper seasoning.


  • Chicken Legs: This recipe works with any quantity of chicken legs, so adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning: Feel free to use your favorite brand.
  • Avocado Oil: You can substitute this with olive oil or canola oil if needed.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed is best, but bottled lemon juice works too.


To make these delicious lemon pepper chicken drumsticks, you’ll need the following:

  • Baking sheet (preferably lined with aluminum foil for easy cleanup)
  • Bowl for mixing ingredients
  • Spatula and tongs for handling the chicken
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife (if using fresh lemon)
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How to Make These Lemon Pepper Chicken Drumsticks:

Step 1: Juice the Lemon and Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating, juice the lemon. Rolling it gently before juicing will ensure you get the most juice out of it.

Step 2: Combine All Ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the chicken legs, lemon pepper seasoning, avocado oil, and lemon juice. Make sure all the ingredients are evenly coated.

Bowl with chicken legs and seasonings mixed with a spatula that is still in the bowl.

Step 3: Bake

Arrange the marinated chicken legs in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, flipping the drumsticks gently after 30 minutes. Don’t worry if some dark material comes out of the bone during baking, as it is normal.

Uncooked, prepared drumsticks on a quarter sheet baking pan lined with aluminum foil.
Flipping over mostly cooked chicken legs.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!

Allow the drumsticks to cool slightly before serving. The chicken should be hot with a lightly crispy skin. For extra tang, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the drumsticks. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

Lemon pepper drumsticks on a white plate with a cut lemon behind them.

Final Thoughts

These roasted lemon pepper chicken drumsticks are a delicious and satisfying meal that the whole family will enjoy. The tanginess of the lemon and the warmth of the black pepper combine to create an irresistible flavor profile. Give them a try and let us know in the comments below how much you loved them!

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