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Smoked Paprika Chicken Drumsticks

Smoked paprika chicken is a great midweek dish! Easy and effortless to assemble, perfect as a side for a whole range of dishes, and reheats well. Bingo!

Smoked Paprika Chicken

The ingredients for this are pretty basic and I personally always have them on hand. The only thing I don’t always have is fresh rosemary, however my husband has recently started growing it on our balcony so we have plenty of it now. It’s one of my favourite herbs, I love the strong smell of it and it’s so versatile. Great with meat, chicken and absolutely marvellous with roast potatoes.

I buy smoked paprika in big bags from small corner shops or in the world food sections of supermarkets. I just use it so much, that buying the small jar is pointless. The flavour is just something you can’t imitate. The depth and subtle spiciness make it a must have spice for me. The beautiful red colour is a bonus. I even use it for my oven fried chicken! I like to heat up my spices in oil before using them just to release the taste and oils in them. You don’t need to heat it up for long, juts a minute or so.


If you can’t find the big bags in store, you can also get them amazon for a good price.

The lemons add a slight tang to the chicken and smell fantastic when roasting.

I personally use olive oil, but you are welcome to use vegetable oil or rapeseed. I’d advise against extra virgin olive oil though, as the taste of it is quite strong and I feel it might overpower the depth of the smoked paprika. I also like to finish cooking this under a grill so that I get a nice crispy coating, however this step is completely optional.

Smoked Paprika Chicken

You can serve this chicken with whatever you like, I usually go for rice or velvety mashed potatoes, but lately I have been opting for sautéed or roasted veg and a nice salad. After all, sadly, my waistline isn’t going to watch itself.



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5 from 5 votes

Smoked Paprika Chicken

Juicy chicken flavoured with smoked paprika, herbs and garlic. Easy to assemble, perfect for weeknight dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, smoked paprika
Servings: 5 Drumsticks
Calories: 164kcal
Author: rominaslittlecorner


  • 5 Chicken drumsticks without skin
  • 3 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves grated
  • 1 Roaemary sprig
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coriander
  • 1 Lemon quatered
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 200degrees
  • In a small pan heat up the oil, garlic, smoked paprika, rosemary, half the coriander and chilli flakes. Only heat for about a minute or two
  • Add the salt and pepper
  • Score your chicken and put it in a bowl, add in the oil mixture and make sure all the chicken is covered
  • Lay the chicken out on a baking pan and put the lemon wedges in between the drumsticks. Pour the rest of the oil in the bowl over the chicken and lemons
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then finish it off under a grill for the last 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Garnish with rosemary and coriander and serve with your chosen dish.


If you don't have a grill you can just bake the chicken for 35minutes.
Chicken is ready when the juices run clear an inner temperature reaches 75degrees.

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20 thoughts on “Smoked Paprika Chicken Drumsticks

  1. 5 stars
    I love the idea of rosemary and paprika together! I use a lot of both but separately. Wonderful chicken recipe to add to my weekly rotation! And kudos for growing it yourselves, it is such a lovely plant.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh, my how easy these drumsticks recipe is! I should definitely try it for my next party coming up. This would save me a ton of time!

  3. Oh my goodness!This looks and sounds so delicious and inviting.. can’t wait to make it .. I have all the ingredients !

  4. sounds lovely, I will have to make some for my husband as he really likes chicken drumsticks and I never make them

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