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Easy Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks

Easy Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks

These baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe is so tasty, easy to make and is one of our family’s favorite chicken recipes! 

I love playing around with different spices. Luckily, my family loves food with some spice, too! We all enjoy curry and Indian style foods so I add this recipe to my weekly meal plan often.

baked curry chicken drumsticks

One of my good friends shared a baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe with me and I was very excited to try it. My family loves chicken any day so a curry chicken recipe sounds like something that will go over well at dinner time.

Let me just say that this recipe did not disappoint. It is very flavorful, pretty easy to make and has just the right amount of spice. I know you are going to love it too!

What You’ll Need to Make Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks

There is a good chance you already have everything you need to make these delicious baked curry chicken drumsticks. No crazy ingredients or tools needed here! I do love a good simple recipe and this one is definitely easy to make.

baked curry chicken legs

To make these easy baked curry chicken drumsticks, you will need a few mixing bowls, a baking sheet and parchment paper. You have all those already, right? Most of us do! All of these ingredients are also very easy to find in any grocery store so you can go grab them right away. While you’re at the store, pick up these ingredients as well:

  • chicken drumsticks – I like to use bone in chicken drumsticks to ensure the chicken stays tender. The bones help the meat stay juicy and they fall right out after the chicken bakes.
  • buttermilk – Buttermilk gives the chicken a little bit of tangy taste. Soaking the chicken in buttermilk is another way to help it stay moist. It also adds a little bit of Southern flair to the recipe- I do love food fusion and blending cuisines! If you do not have buttermilk on hand, add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a cup of whole milk. This will curdle the milk and give it the sour taste of buttermilk.
  • seasoned bread crumbs – Seasoned bread crumbs are a simple way to add more flavor to the chicken. Try using Panko bread crumbs if you want even more crunch.
  • dried thyme – Dried thyme has a nice earthy flavor. It also has a nice lemon taste that brightens the dish.
  • curry powder – Use your favorite curry powder- any brand will do! The main ingredient in curry powder is turmeric which has a golden yellow color. Turmeric is also super healthy. It is an anti inflammatory and an antioxidant. Don’t you love when ingredients taste good and are also good for you?
  • garlic powder and onion powder– garlic and onion are always a necessity in my opinion. They make every dish taste so much better!

I love the slight taste of curry powder that isn’t overpowering but gives this chicken a unique taste. But the herbs can steal the show on this recipe. They aren’t overpowering but they linger enough to make you really want more.

Now that you have all of the ingredients you need, get ready to make an amazing dinner!

How to Make Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks

baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe

One of the most important steps to this baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe is letting the chicken legs soak in the buttermilk. This is step number one and it should not be skipped. Marinating the chicken in the buttermilk keeps the chicken moist and juicy as it bakes. It also gives it a nice tangy taste. Marinate it up to 6 hours. You will really see the impact of soaking the chicken when you take that first bite.

baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe

Once your chicken has been fully marinated, it’s time to gather all the ingredients. In a mixing bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and all the seasonings.

baked curry chicken legs

Remove the marinated chicken from the buttermilk mixture and place them in a clean bowl.

baked curry chicken drumsticks

Then, coat each chicken leg with the breadcrumb mixture, making sure each side is fully coated.

baked curry chicken legs

Place the breadcrumb coated chicken on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake.

The chicken will turn golden brown and crispy when it’s done. I definitely recommend eating it while its hot out of the oven. It is pretty irresistible!

Tips and Tricks for Making Baked Curry Chicken Legs

Since my friend gave me this recipe a few months ago, I have already made it quite a few times. So I do have a few tips and tricks to share with you. Take a look before you get started to ensure you make perfect baked curry chicken legs!

baked curry chicken drumsticks

  1. Soak the chicken legs overnight if possible. This will ensure they are juicy, tender and flavorful.
  2. Use chicken wings or chicken thighs in place of chicken legs. Any bone-in chicken will work.
  3. Use Panko bread crumbs for a crunchier, crispier chicken.
  4. Use plain, unseasoned bread crumbs but double the curry. This will give you chicken that is a little spicier which isn’t a bad thing!
  5. Serve the chicken with a Thai peanut dipping sauce or a sweet plum sauce. You can also drizzle a little extra curry sauce over the top!
  6. Serve the chicken with some brown rice, roasted veggies or a nice, simple salad. A healthy, mild side is great since the flavor of the chicken is so powerful.
  7. Deep fry the chicken for a crispier outside.

This baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe is a definite keeper! From the marinating to the herbs and crunch, this baked curry chicken drumsticks recipe is now our family favorite for many reasons.

Let me know if you come up with any other tips or tricks. I love hearing about your culinary adventures! No matter what you try, you really can’t go wrong with this baked curry chicken.

If you like a little spice with your chicken dinner, then this is the perfect recipe for you. If you love easy, quick dinner options, then this recipe is for you, too! It is a delicious and fast way to prepare chicken and it will really liven up your dinner routine. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Easy Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown


  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. thyme, dried
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine the buttermilk and chicken legs. Let sit for at 2 hours, up to 6 hours.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and all the seasoning.
  3. Remove the chicken legs from the buttermilk mixture and place them in a clean bowl.
  4. Coat each chicken drumstick with the breadcrumb mixture, making sure to coat on all sides. 
  5. Place the chicken legs on a parchment lined baking pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. When all legs are coated and seasoned, place in the oven.
  8. Bake for approximately 40 – 50 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 185.
  9. Serve with your favorite veggie side or steamed rice.
  10. Enjoy!
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 06/03/2022 / 4:42 pm

    Nnniiiiccceeeee….this is the recipe for die for, if need be! I first tasted this chicken on my first romantic picnic and never looked back, ever since then.

  2. 05/08/2022 / 12:57 pm

    The chicken looks and sounds fantastic. I can taste the curry flavours in my mouth.

  3. 05/06/2022 / 4:23 pm

    These are a family favorite in our house. Can’t wait to wipe some up and maybe grill them!

  4. 05/05/2022 / 5:04 pm

    since we are vegetarians, i am thinking i will try this with some other option, maybe super firm tofu.

  5. 05/05/2022 / 3:20 pm

    These look delicious. I am not a fan of thyme. Is there another herb you would recommend?

  6. 05/05/2022 / 2:49 pm

    YUM! I haven’t had a drumstick in a long time, and these with these spices sound so scrumptious!

  7. 05/05/2022 / 2:22 am

    I love curry. Definitely making these!

  8. 05/04/2022 / 5:42 pm

    My son loves drumsticks. I’ll have to make these for him next week.

  9. 05/04/2022 / 2:40 pm

    These sound incredible – and I Just so happen to have all (!) the ingredients required at home! Thanks for helping me decide what we’re having for dinner tonight 🙂

  10. 05/04/2022 / 1:55 pm

    Chicken is my go-to dinner food, but this is new and different! love it.

  11. Katie C
    05/04/2022 / 1:33 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! I’ve been hooked on curry lately and love this unique idea.

  12. Richelle Milar
    05/04/2022 / 8:28 am

    That looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this recipe!

  13. Rose Ann Sales
    05/04/2022 / 8:27 am

    Wow! This is such a really amazing recipe! It looks absolutely delicious I love it!

  14. Luna S
    05/04/2022 / 4:22 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I love delicious recipes that are easy to make at home, homemade food always tastes so much better than going out for food.

  15. Heather
    05/04/2022 / 12:50 am

    These look so good! I’m not a particularly good cook, so I’m always impressed when people make beautiful food like this- they sound amazing!

  16. Kathy
    05/04/2022 / 12:40 am

    These look really delicious. I love that these are baked too. The chicken legs are always my favorite too.

  17. Tasheena
    05/03/2022 / 11:42 pm

    I would love to make this recipe, I know my family is going.

  18. 05/03/2022 / 11:40 pm

    What an interesting flavor for drumsticks. This sounds like a unique recipe and a great idea for something a little bit different.

  19. 05/03/2022 / 10:21 pm

    I have chicken in my freezer. I will have to make this.

  20. Amber Myers
    05/03/2022 / 9:05 pm

    I am sure I’d like this! What a tasty flavor and I like how it’s easy to make.

  21. 05/03/2022 / 8:41 pm

    I’m getting hungry just looking at these! I love the flavors you used, and that breading is fantastic.

  22. Rosey
    01/06/2017 / 8:38 am

    I like that they are baked. Fried is so hard on the body!

  23. 01/06/2017 / 4:21 am

    Looks good. I am always looking for new dinner ideas.

  24. Lisa
    01/06/2017 / 3:39 am

    I bet that curry adds an amazing flavor! We always have drumsticks in the freezer so I’m keeping this recipe in mind!

  25. 01/06/2017 / 1:29 am

    I absolutely love chicken legs, and curry, so this is a killer combination. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to making this.

  26. 01/06/2017 / 12:09 am

    This sounds amazing ! I would have to use chicken breast though if we are baking. I have this weird thing with chicken legs that I can only eat them if they have been grilled outside on grill.

  27. 01/05/2017 / 7:43 pm

    I am just recently getting into cooking chicken wings/legs and this recipe looks amazing! I don’t know why i was so weirded out about cooking chicken bone-in, but i can’t wait to try this.

  28. Our Family World
    01/05/2017 / 5:23 pm

    When I saw how buttermilk is going to play a role is, I knew from that moment that I will have this for dinner tomorrow. Thank you for this recipe, I could use more curry!

  29. 01/05/2017 / 5:16 pm

    We love curry and I absolutely love that this recipe calls for baking as opposed to frying- much more healthy! Definitely going to share with my meat eating friends!

  30. brianne
    01/05/2017 / 1:42 pm

    My kids just love chicken legs! I am so going try out this recipe!

  31. 01/05/2017 / 11:00 am

    I’ve honestly never attempted to make this kind of chicken while it was still on the bone. It seems like it would have more flavor!

  32. 01/05/2017 / 7:37 am

    I love curry so this recipe sounds really great. Love that it’s baked and not fried!

  33. 01/05/2017 / 5:57 am

    I adore oven baked chicken! I’ve never tried it with curry flavoring and now you have me craving it. I have curry in my spice rack so I think I’ll be trying this over the weekend.

  34. 01/05/2017 / 5:27 am

    This looks delightful! I love everything that has a lot of spices to it. I’m sure this tastes and smells amazing! I would love to keep the recipe!

  35. 01/05/2017 / 4:23 am

    I love curry, so I know I will like these. I’ll have to get the ingredients this weekend to make this.

  36. 01/05/2017 / 1:50 am

    These look and sound sooooo good! We love fried chicken, and I much prefer to make it at home. I can smell it now!

  37. Amy Desrosiers
    01/05/2017 / 1:31 am

    I have never tried the curry spice before. I should though because it seems to be such a hit.

  38. Pam
    01/05/2017 / 1:23 am

    It can be hard to keep chicken moist! This recipe looks delicious. I am always looking for new ways to cook chicken.

  39. Kathy
    01/05/2017 / 1:06 am

    Those look really good. I’d love to give them a try. Chicken is one of my favorites. I just love the color of this too.

  40. Claudia Krusch
    01/05/2017 / 12:39 am

    I am always looking for new chicken recipes to try. I will have to give this recipe a try this weekend.

  41. 01/05/2017 / 12:22 am

    I think I know what I am having for dinner tonight. That looks really good. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. 01/05/2017 / 12:14 am

    These curry chicken legs look very yummy. I like that you’ve offered a healthier option to fried!

  43. reesa
    01/04/2017 / 9:54 pm

    Oh these look delicious! I never cook with curry, but my husband loves it!

  44. Tracey
    01/04/2017 / 5:49 pm

    Yum! These look delicious! I am a huge curry fan so I will have to try these out.

  45. 01/04/2017 / 5:33 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m always looking for ways to cook chicken. We eat it so much. The legs are so cheap too!

  46. 01/04/2017 / 4:40 pm

    I totally agree about the buttermilk! These look delish and I love that they’re baked! I always use different spices for my chicken, but I never thought to use curry for some reason. YUM!

  47. 01/04/2017 / 4:37 pm

    I love food like this! It’s got such a different flavor than anything that you would taste in this country. I can’t wait to make it.

  48. 01/04/2017 / 1:26 pm

    Yes! I LOVE curry. It gives such a great depth of flavor. I also love the crisp factor AND the fact that I can eat it with my hands.

  49. 01/04/2017 / 1:19 pm

    Those look delicious! I love that you used legs instead of thighs. Lots of people like thighs, but I prefer to be able to pick up the legs.

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