This easy stovetop chicken drumsticks recipe is a delicious meal and a family-friendly budget dinner! If you have wanted to learn how to cook chicken drumsticks on the stove, it is so easy!! Make this recipe in under 30 minutes!

Acast iron skillet with cooked chicken legs and vegetables.

You will love this simple chicken drumstick recipe because it has simple ingredients and cooks together in just one pan. I usually cook chicken in two ways: on the grill or on my stove. Chicken cooked on the stove is easy, and the flavors cook into the chicken. They are so fun for kids to hold to eat. This recipe is great for picky eaters!

This is one of the easiest stovetop chicken legs recipes to make. Drumsticks cost much less than other parts of the chicken, even organic! If you need to feed a crowd, serving this easy chicken legs dinner is a great way to do it. If you love chicken as much as we do, you will want to check out ALL of my delicious Gluten-Free Chicken Recipes.

I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. If you love fresh herbs, here are some tips for using fresh herbs in your cooking.

Allergen Information:

This recipe is perfect if you have food allergies. It is gluten free, dairy-free, paleo, and whole30. Use and avoid using any vegetables you want. The flavor comes from the fresh herb flavors that cook into the chicken legs.

Cooking Tips

1. Always check the meat’s internal temperature before eating it. Chicken should always be 165º F to ensure it is thoroughly cooked.
2. Don’t add the vegetables too early; they will get mushy and overcooked.

Photos of the chicken legs ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Chicken Legs – I used chicken legs, but this recipe will taste great with any chicken cut.
  • Chicken Broth – Low-sodium or regular chicken broth.
  • Vegetables: Onions, Carrots, Zucchini
  • Garlic – Minced fresh cloves or jarred garlic.
  • Basil – Fresh is my favorite, but dried is okay too.
  • Olive Oil – I use olive oil, but avocado and other types of oil also work well.
  • Seasonings like salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, etc.

Again, use the vegetables you have on hand. I think of this recipe as a way to avoid food waste because I use the oldest vegetables in my refrigerator.

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I love using a cast iron pan to make this recipe for the best results. It disperses heat evenly and helps get the chicken skin a little crisp. You can also use other pans; just be sure to use the proper heat settings for the type of pan you use.

How To Cook Chicken Drumsticks On The Stove:

Raw Chicken drumsticks and seasonings in a pan.

Step 1: Heat the oil in a 12-inch pan over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion starts to become clear.

Step 2: Sprinkle seasonings over the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes on each side to sear in the flavor.

chicken legs, carrots, and zucchini in a pan

Step 3: Add in the chopped vegetables and chicken broth. Continue to cook on medium heat.

After about 10 minutes, I flip the chicken legs and cover it with a lid. Turn the heat down to low and cook until your chicken is at an internal temperature of 165º F. 

If you are looking for another great chicken legs recipe, give this easy Slow-Cooker Curry Chicken Legs recipe.

Serve With:

If you like bread with your meal, try these Gluten Free Cornmeal Biscuits or Gluten Free Garlic Knots.

A wooden spoon lifting a chicken leg out of the skillet.

Recipe FAQ:

What vegetables work in this recipe?

The more veggies, the better! Sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, red peppers, and mushrooms are all good options to add to the pan.

How to check the internal temperature of chicken:

Use a cooking thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the chicken. You want the chicken to be 165º F. I love this digital cooking thermometer. It is handy in the kitchen and when we cook on our grill too!

How do you store leftover chicken legs?

These chicken legs will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or for up to 4 months in the freezer.

More Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes:

  • The whole family loves this Gluten-Free Fried Chicken recipe because it is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!
  • I love to use fresh herbs when cooking; the flavor stands out in this Herb Roasted Chicken recipe.
  • If you love using a skillet to make chicken, you will love this delicious Cast Iron Chicken recipe!!

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Chicken legs in a pot being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Easy Stove Top Chicken Legs Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
How to make a one pan easy chicken legs dinner. This is a kid-friendly deliciously easy dinner that is great for busy school nights.
4.94 from 16 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 drumstikcs
Calories 180 kcal


  • 6 drumsticks * see note
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons basil fresh or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup carrots chopped
  • ½ cup zucchini chopped
  • 1 onion chopped


  • In a large cast iron skillet, add olive oil, garlic and onion over medium heat. Saute until the onions become clear.
  • Add chicken legs and seasonings, and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over, cover, and cook on the other side.
  • Pour in chicken broth and add vegetables.
  • Continue to cook in the pan, or move the pan to the oven and bake at 375. (You can cook these either way!)
  • The chicken legs are done when their internal temperature is 165 degrees.


  1. You can use any chicken part. If you use chicken thighs, it will take less time to cook.
  2. This is a great recipe to avoid food waste. Use the vegetables you have on-hand.
  3. For this recipe, you can use dried herbs or fresh.
  4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 14gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 481mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1837IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an older March 2017 post with more recipe details.

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  1. 5 stars
    I loved the recipe but instead of mushrooms and zucchini I added yellow squash and sweet potatoes. It tasted soooo good!!!
    Thank you!

  2. 4 stars
    I wish I had some guidance on how long to cook the dish. The cook time at the top says 2 minutes!

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a great reminder that chicken legs can make for incredible meals, too! We get so stuck in our routine of always using skinless, boneless chicken thighs and chicken breast that the poor drumsticks get forgotten. But we love them, and I can’t wait to try this dish with my family!

  4. 5 stars
    My kids love chicken legs which they call chicken on the bone. 🙂 They would gobble these up for sure. I like how you can use whatever veggies you have on hand to make these.

  5. 5 stars
    I love using chicken thighs and drums! They are so economical, yet so flavorful! This meal is so easy and healthy too!

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  11. I love cooking chicken in cast iron pans – so delicious, and such easy cleanup. I usually do chicken thighs, but I’ll have to try drumsticks next time.

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