Baked Garlic Paprika Chicken

Life is hectic enough, getting a flavorful dinner on the table that won’t break the bank doesn’t have to be! Baked Garlic Paprika Chicken drumsticks are easy and affordable made with simple pantry ingredients.

finished garlic-paprika chicken in a casserole pan garnished with parsley

Of course, if you prefer a different cut of chicken, you can easily substitute it for the drumsticks. We’ve found that thighs also work exceptionally well with this recipe and cook in a very similar time frame. 

Substituting whole chicken breasts will add money onto the total cost of the dish unless you catch a sale or belong to a big box club. They also take longer to bake – which also increases another valuable commodity these days – your time.

The herbs and spices for garlic-paprika chicken.

Baked Garlic and Paprika chicken drumsticks are an easy meal that’s an absolute go-to for my family especially on busy school nights.

Using drumsticks (or thighs), this entree feeds a family of 4 for about $3.63 or $0.91 per serving.

This delicious and affordable dinner cooks in about 45 minutes – about the time it takes me to help my daughter with her homework. Perfect!

Chicken drumsticks coated in garlic-paprika marinade placed in a casserole pan in alternating directions.

I start by whisking together the garlic-paprika rub. Then I generously coat each drumstick before laying it in baking pan.

If there is any leftover rub, I simply pour it over the top of the chicken before it heads into the oven. While the chicken bakes, I prepare the sides, in this case, mashed potatoes, and steamed carrots.

If you prefer roasted vegetables instead, there is usually enough time to also roast the potatoes and carrots in the oven while the chicken bakes. This is another really big timesaver for my busy family.

Cooked garlic-paprika chicken in a casserole pan


Cost Breakdown:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks 3.63
  • 2 lbs potatoes $0.70 (from an 8lb bag for $2.79)
  • 1 lb carrots $0.49____________________

  Total: $4.82  ($1.20 per serving)

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Baked Garlic Paprika Chicken Drumsticks

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Life is hectic enough, getting a flavorful dinner on the table that won’t break the bank doesn’t have to be! Baked Garlic Paprika Chicken drumsticks are easy and affordable made with simple pantry ingredients. This entire meal, including sides costs just $4.82
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Entree, main meal
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 370 kcal


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes , optional
  • 1 teaspoon oregano , dried
  • 2 tablespoon parsley , freshly chopped


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Clean and dry the drumsticks and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, paprika, pinch of red pepper flakes, and dried oregano, if using. Whisk together to form a loose paprika garlic chicken rub.
  • Coat the drumsticks thoroughly with the marinade mixture and place in an alternating pattern in a shallow 9 x 13- inch roasting pan. Pour any remaining marinade over the top of the chicken.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until the chicken legs are cooked through and the juices run clear (165 degrees F).
  • Serve with roasted potatoes and vegetables for an easy weeknight meal.


  1. Recipe Jo Cooks 
  2. olive oil is gluten-free as long as it is made only from olives, as most are. Read the label because anything is possible, but so far I’ve not run into an olive oil that contains gluten. Light olive oil, extra virgin olive oil and plain olive oil are all gluten-free. Flavored olive oils are generally safe but remember to read the label, as always. Cooking oil labels, even when several ingredients are listed, are usually quite easy to read and understand.


Serving: 2drumsticksCalories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 27gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 742mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1100IUVitamin C: 3mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 3mgVitamin K: 50µgCalcium: 33mgFolate: 9µgIron: 2mgZinc: 3mg
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11 thoughts on “Baked Garlic Paprika Chicken”

  1. Loved it… but in the interest of fewer dishes, I marinated the (boneless thighs) chicken for a couple of hours in a ziplock bag, cut up some potatoes and onions and covered the bottom of a pan, then added the chicken with its marinade on top, covered it and baked it for 45 minutes. Potatoes were great with the marinade. Easy peasy yum!

  2. Looking forward to trying this tonight. I really liked that you had a choice of clicking on if you want to make more then 8 legs. Great for big families. I’ll update after we’ve tried recipe.


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