Balsamic Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

February 27, 2020
Rating: 4.34
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure and privacy policy.

These balsamic marinated chicken drumsticks are an easy and delicious meal perfect for any day of the week.

marinated chicken drumsticks

This chicken drumstick recipe is best when marinated for 24 hours, with overnight being second best.  However, if you’re in a rush, 2 hours minimum will work.  The longer the chicken sits in the marinade, the more flavorful it will be.

marinated chicken drumsticks

Chicken recipes are so versatile and by far my favorite meat to cook with. The flavor combinations are endless and I love experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen.

Healthy chicken drumstick recipes are often marinated in things like soy sauce or lemon juice, but for this recipe, the star of the show is balsamic vinegar.

marinated chicken drumsticks

How To Make Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

Step 1 is to prepare the chicken marinade. To do this, mix the balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the marinade to a gallon sized Ziploc bag, or a large mixing bowl. I like to use avocado oil because it’s a great source of healthy fat, and has a neutral flavor. Olive oil will work well too.

Next, place the chicken drumsticks (this will also work with chicken breasts) into the marinade. If using a Ziploc bag, seal the bag and gently toss and turn the chicken inside the bag, evenly distributing the marinade.

marinated chicken drumsticks

If you’re putting the marinade into a bowl, use some tongs to move the chicken around until it’s evenly coated. Place the chicken into the refrigerator and let it marinate over night, or 24 hours for best flavor.

The longer the amount of time the chicken spends marinating, the better.

One reason I love these baked chicken drumsticks is because the prep work is done the night before. It makes dinner the next day incredibly easy!

Just whip up an easy side like some roasted broccoli or instant pot baked potatoes and you’ve got an easy, healthy meal.

marinated chicken drumsticks

How To Bake Marinated Chicken Drumsticks In The Oven

When the balsamic chicken drumsticks are done marinating, lay them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack. Make sure none of the drumsticks are touching each other.

If you’d like an easy cleanup, you can line your sheet pan with parchment paper prior to baking.

Bake the chicken at 425℉ for 40-45 minutes or until an instant read thermometer says 165 degrees.

marinated chicken drumsticks

What Is Chicken Marinade?

Marinade is a combination of flavorful liquids and spices that the chicken soaks in for an extended period of time. The marinade imparts it’s flavor to the chicken while it soaks and can be tasted when the chicken is cooked.

Are Chicken Legs The Same As Chicken Drumsticks?

Well, sort of. Chicken drumsticks are the lower part of the chicken leg. So technically it is a leg, but usually when a person refers to baked chicken legs, or a chicken legs recipe, they’re referring to a larger cut of meat, where the drumstick is still attached to the upper thigh. The chicken thighs combined with the drumstick, would be the technical term for a “chicken leg”.

What’s your favorite part of the chicken?  Chicken wings? Breasts?  Let me know in the comments and enjoy this chicken drumsticks recipe!

Follow me on Instagram and use the tag #simplyjillicious if you make these marinated chicken drumsticks!  I’d love to see them!

And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter here.

pin for later icon

marinated chicken drumsticks

If you try these marinated chicken drumsticks, or any of my recipes, please leave a review and star rating – thank you!

marinated chicken drumsticks

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

4.34 from 3 votes
These marinated chicken drumsticks are and easy weeknight meal that's healthy and filling!
Servings 8 drumsticks
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 45 minutes


  • 2.5 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or any neutral oil like olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


For The Marinade

  • Combine the balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano into a gallon sized ziplock bag or a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Place the uncooked chicken into the marinade. Zip up the bag and carefully shake it around until the marinade coats the chicken evenly. If using a bowl, you can use tongs to mix the chicken into the marinade.
  • Place the marinated chicken drumsticks into to fridge to sit. Mix the chicken around in the marinade every few hours. Allow the chicken to sit in the marinade for 24 hours if possible.

To Roast The Drumsticks

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional for easy clean-up) and place a wire rack on top.
  • Remove each marinated chicken drumstick from the bag, and lay it in a single layer on top of the wire rack, making sure the drumsticks aren't touching each other.
  • Place chicken into the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the internal tempereature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Serve hot and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.


Marinades work best over a period of 24 hours.  A shorter marinade will work, but won't be as flavorful. 
I like to top my marinated chicken drumsticks with fresh parsley.
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic, chicken, marinated
Diet: dairy free, gluten free, keto, paleo, refined sugar free

Hungry for more? Check out some of my favorite dessert recipes!

Paleo Banana Bread Cookies
Chocolate Pomegranate Almond Clusters
Paleo Whoopie Pies
Fudgy Paleo Brownies
Gluten Free and Paleo Crinkle Cookies
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Banana Coconut Milk Smoothie

If you enjoyed this recipe, follow me on social media for new recipes and updates!




Join the Conversation

  1. How much onion powder in the chicken drumsticks marinade?

    1. Hi Joan! No onion powder in this recipe. Just the minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. 🙂

  2. Casey Mortensen says:

    My husband and I really liked these! I don’t buy drumsticks very often, but since I bought some on sale I wanted to give this recipe a try. I love that it was fast and easy. The flavor is milder but I could definitely taste that sweet balsamic flavor. They were nice and tender too. Definitely would make this again when I buy drumsticks.

  3. This was delicious! I had everything in my pantry, and chicken drumsticks were on sale! The marinade really flavored the chicken (did it overnight). Thanks, it’s a keeper and one to share. Stay well.

  4. James Bergholt says:

    I made this marinade with drumsticks marinated for 24 hours. Instead of cooking them on a sheet pan I cooked them on the grill. They came out very juicy but not that flavorful maybe it would be better cooked in the oven on a sheet pan. They were still Though delicious.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating