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Cranberry Rosemary Roasted Drumsticks

Looking for a festive alternative to turkey for Christmas dinner? Or how about something that feeds fewer people and/or is more cost effective? These Cranberry Rosemary Roasted Drumsticks are a great choice for a holiday main dish. Plus, these are especially good for people who just love the dark meat!

To make this recipe, I started by soaking fresh cranberries in a brown sugar and seasoning vinegar mixture, then I seasoned the chicken and layered the onions, chicken, cranberry mixture, and broth in a casserole dish. The result is a wonderful main dish with great depth of flavor. For the chicken drumsticks, I used Bell & Evans, which is a really good quality brand of chicken that is humanely raised.

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Overhead view of Cranberry Rosemary Baked Chicken Legs in a white baking dish on a white marble table

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Overhead view of Cranberry Rosemary Baked Chicken Legs in a row on a white rectangular serving dish
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Cranberry Rosemary Roasted Drumsticks Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 10 Bell & Evans Chicken Drumsticks
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • tablespoons finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • ½ cup gluten-free chicken broth


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cranberries with the brown sugar and vinegar. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper. Combine the rosemary, garlic powder, and paprika. Sprinkle all over the chicken. Heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the chicken in batches.
  • Place onion in a 9 by 13 baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the onions, add the cranberry mixture and chicken broth. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.


Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Rosemary Roasted Drumsticks Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 251mg10%
Potassium 414mg12%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 143IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Bell & Evans Chicken Christmas Cranberries Rosemary
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