Smoky Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Pickle Mayo Sauce

Smoky Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Pickle Mayo Sauce

As food prices are going up, many people are now searching for delicious recipes that make the most of economical options like dark meat cuts, such as chicken drumsticks.

These juicy and flavorful chicken drumsticks are perfect for a quick and easy dinner. The legs are opened up using the butterfly method, then seasoned with a perfect blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. They are then roasted in the oven and served with a zesty pickle mayo sauce.

This recipe is great for those who love their chicken with a crispy skin, kick of spice and tangy flavors. It won't take a lot of time either - just 45 minutes from start to finish, making it a great option for busy weeknights.


  • 8 chicken legs
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • ■■■■ SAUCE: ■■■■■
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 pickle (finely grated)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
35 minutes
Total time:
45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 35 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes


For a quicker cooking time, you can grill these chicken legs on the direct heat side of your gas or charcoal grill.

You can also try making air fryer butterfly drumsticks. Make sure to place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

All these methods offer an efficient way to achieve crispy and flavorful results.


1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
2. Butterfly chicken legs: using a cutting board and a really sharp knife, make a parallel cut down the leg in the center, touching the bone. Then make two more cuts on each side of the chicken leg bone. Push the meat flat.

3. Prepare the dry rub. In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, coconut sugar, salt, mustard powder and black pepper.

4. Season butterflied chicken drumsticks with the spice rub on all sides. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for about 30-35 minutes. The internal temperature of butterflied chicken legs, as measured with a meat thermometer, should reach a minimum of 165F (74C).

5. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, stir together mayo, finely grated pickle, apple cider vinegar, mustard, hot sauce, maple syrup, garlic powder and black pepper. Taste and season with a little salt, if necessary.

6. Remove chicken legs from the oven, dip each into the sauce and serve.

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