Oven-Barbecued Drumsticks

Bree, Baked Bree

Kids love these oven-barbecued drumsticks. Upgrade a prepared barbecue sauce to make this an easy weeknight dinner with a lot of flavor. Leftovers are great the next day in a lunchbox, just make sure to pack some napkins!
10 min Prep Time
1 hr Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Servings: 8 servings

Servings: 8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 cups prepared barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 8 chicken drumsticks


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Brush foil with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Arrange drumsticks in single layer and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Bake for 20 minutes.

Step 3

While chicken is cooking, add remaining 3 tablespoons butter to medium saucepan, melt over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5-8 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add barbecue sauce and preserves.

Step 4

Bring to bubble, reduce heat to low, continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove 1 cup of sauce and reserve for serving.

Step 5

After 20 minutes in oven, begin to baste drumsticks with sauce every 5 minutes until chicken is cooked through, approximately 40 minutes longer. Serve with reserved sauce for extra flavor.