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Oven Baked Drumsticks with Peruvian Spices

 Oven baked drumsticks with Peruvian spices marinate in vinegar and traditional spices like smoked paprika and earthy cumin; whether you’re a fan of Peruvian cuisine or looking to spice up your dinner routine, Peruvian-spiced drumsticks are a must-try meal that’s ready in 30 minutes! 

A single serving of our Peruvian roasted chicken served with serrano crema.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

Oven baked drumsticks are perfect for busy weeknights when you want to whip up a tasty meal without spending hours in the kitchen. The combination of vinegar and spices infuses the drumsticks with an irresistible flavor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Chicken: This recipe is for chicken drumsticks, but use leg quarters, thighs, drumsticks, or a combination if that’s what you have on hand; be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. The safe internal temperature is 165°F (73°C). I also have a recipe for Peruvian chicken that includes instructions for roasting a whole spatchcocked chicken with Peruvian spices to feed a crowd.
  • Peruvian Chicken Marinade: Flavor the drumsticks with ground cumin, smoky paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, fresh garlic, distilled white vinegar, and olive oil.

HOW TO MAKE OVEN BAKED DRUMSTICKS WITH PERUVIAN SPICES

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack.

Dry the drumsticks thoroughly with a cloth, and set them aside.

Drumsticks ready to marinade in peruvian chicken marinade.

Step 2: Add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and oil to a small bowl and stir to combine. Distribute the mixture over the drumsticks using a pastry brush.

A Peruvian chicken marinade coats the chicken drumsticks.

Step 3: Line the drumsticks onto the wire rack. Roast for 20-30 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (73°C). Around the 20-minute mark, start checking the internal temperature of the drumsticks.

Peruvian chicken drumsticks roast in the oven in about 30. mminutes.

Step 4: Let the drumsticks rest for 10 minutes, then serve with serrano crema.

Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks resting on a wire rack and ready to be served.

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EXPERT TIPS

For details on how to cook the BEST chicken drumsticks, check out our tips for How to Bake Chicken Legs in the Oven.

  • Achieve crispy, golden-brown skin on your drumsticks by drying them thoroughly with a cloth before seasoning and baking them. This step is crucial to remove any excess moisture on the surface of the chicken, which can prevent the skin from crisping up properly.
  • Insert your food thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken drumstick. The safe cooking temperature for chicken is 165°F (73°C).

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I alter the recipe if I am roasting a whole chicken?

Use the same marinade, but increase the cooking time since you’re roasting a whole chicken. Here is my recipe for whole, Peruvian chicken.

A whole roasted Peruvian chicken ready to serv.

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A single serving of our oven baked drumsticks served with serrano crema.

Oven Baked Drumsticks with Peruvian Spices

Tressa Jamil
Juicy oven baked drumsticks with Peruvian spices marinate in vinegar and warm spices for a quick meal that's ready in 30 minutes!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 5 people
Calories 674 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, distilled
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
 
  • Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack. Then, dry the drumsticks thoroughly with a cloth, and set them aside.
  • Add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and oil to a small bowl and stir to combine. Distribute the mixture over the drumsticks using a pastry brush.
  • Line the drumsticks onto the wire rack. Roast for 20-30 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (73°C). Around the 20-minute mark, start checking the internal temperature of the drumsticks.
  • Let the drumsticks rest for 10 minutes, then serve with serrano crema.
Notes
Adapted From:
  • You’ll find the original recipe and inspiration for this post in Kenji Lopez-Alt’s book, The Food Lab. 
Expert Tips:
  • Achieve crispy, golden-brown skin on your drumsticks by drying them thoroughly with a cloth before seasoning and baking them. This step is crucial to remove any excess moisture on the surface of the chicken, which can prevent the skin from crisping up properly.
  • Insert your food thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken drumstick. The safe cooking temperature for chicken is 165°F (73°C).
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice
Nutrition
Serving: 3 Chicken Legs | Calories: 674 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Protein: 83 g | Fat: 35 g | Sodium: 1601 mg
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Recipe Rating




Sarah

Friday 26th of May 2023

These drumsticks are a flavor explosion! The Peruvian spices added a unique and delicious twist to a classic dish. Plus, they were so easy to make, perfect for a quick and satisfying dinner. I'll be making these again and again. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

Liam Thompson

Friday 26th of May 2023

Wow, these Peruvian-spiced drumsticks blew me away! The marinade was incredibly flavorful, and the drumsticks turned out juicy and tender. This recipe has definitely become a family favorite. Thank you for sharing this delicious dish!

Matt W.

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Dinner win for my family! The seasoning was a perfect blend of zest and smokiness; very simple to follow recipe and is now a regular meal for the fam.

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

That's exactly what I love to hear; thanks for giving it a try and making it a part of your dinner rotation.