These BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are bursting at the seams with flavor. The perfect amount of seasonings, with a nice thick layer of BBQ sauce baked on and all in one dish, how can you go wrong?
Cast Iron BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
This cast iron chicken drumstick recipe is a great dinner for any occasion. I always like to keep some frozen drumsticks on hand for a last-minute dinner idea.
When you take your first bite into this BBQ chicken, your taste buds will be overwhelmed with its explosive flavor.
How To Cook Chicken Drumsticks In Cast Iron
There are a number of ways to cook chicken in cast iron. The easiest way is to set the drumsticks side by side in the skillet, drizzle with your choice of oil and any seasonings and bake in the oven until done.
The way I am going to show you is a little bit more involved, but I promise, it won’t be more than 5 extra minutes and the result, well worth it.
Season chicken with your choice of seasonings. (My favorites are below) Add a drizzle of oil to a preheated cast iron skillet over medium heat, and then add the chicken to the skillet. Allow to sear for a minute and repeat for all 4 sides.
Then place in 400°F oven for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, baste in BBQ sauce (Recipe below) and continue baking for another 20-30 Minutes.
Tips to Perfect Chicken Drumsticks
- If time permits, fully defrost chicken before baking.
- Broil the last 5 minutes to give it a nice crispy layer
- Marinade the chicken
What Temperature to Cook Chicken
The higher the heat, the crispier the legs will be. I like to bake chicken at 400-425°F which generally takes about 40-50 minutes to cook through.
Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165° using an instant meat thermometer.
Can Chicken Be Cooked From Frozen?
Yes, chicken can be cooked from frozen like these boiled chicken thighs; just add approximately 20-30 minutes to the total cook time.
Simple BBQ Sauce Recipe
- 1 ½ cup of Ketchup
- ⅛ of a cup of apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup of coconut sugar, or brown sugar
- ½ tbsp coconut amions, or soy sauce
- ½ tbsp of worchestershire sauce
- ½ tbsp of lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a glass mason jar and stir together well.
What to Serve With Cast Iron BBQ Chicken?
So many sides are well suited for this cast iron chicken recipe—one of my favorites being a vinaigrette salad.
- Baked Potato
- Mashed Potatoes
- Grean Beans
- Baked Beans
- Mac n Cheese
A few more popular chicken recipes
- 8 Medium-size drumsticks, defrosted
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil
- BBQ sauce
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tsp pepper
- 1 Tsp paprika
- 1 Tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 Tsp Garlic and onion powder
- Generously coat the chicken legs in the seasonings.
- Add oil to a preheated skillet over medium heat and sear legs for 1 minute, flip and repeat on all 4 sides.
- Transfer the skillet to a 400°F oven for 30 min.
- Remove from oven, bast in BBQ sauce, and return to oven to finish baking, about 20 minutes.
- Let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.
Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°. Check using an instant meat thermometer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 2011mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 44g
Nutrition is calculated by Nutronionix. All nutrition should be verified independently.