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Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks

Crispy, juicy drumsticks of deliciousness! The easiest and one of the best paleo, whole30 main dishes for only 3 ingredients! And, at zero carbs, it's a great keto & Atkins' Induction recipe too!
four roasted chicken drumsticks on a baking tray
Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks

A Little About the Recipe: Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks

Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks were a breakthrough in chicken drumstick cooking for me.

For the longest time, the secret to awesome chicken drumsticks eluded me. My chicken drumsticks were always meh.. hmmm, and often rubbery.  They seriously lacked any pazzazz! 

Because of this, I tended towards extreme apathy about buying them even though I knew they were super cheap and good for me.  Then, I discovered the miracle solution was to up the temperature of the oven by a mere 20 degrees.  Yes, I know I have previously stated you can cook everything in two ways, at 200 deg for fast or 150 deg for slow, but there are exceptions to every rule.  As it turns out, this is one. 

So, at 200 deg C, the legs are rubbery, but at 220 deg C, a miracle happens, and you have roasted crispy sticks of delight.  So much so, that even my 5-year-old daughter will eat it.  Woohoo!

Now, I buy them regularly, so then,I can cook them all up for dinner.  The next day we eat the leftovers, or the day after, but only if they last that long. We tend to eat them for lunch or snacks, along with some easy homemade mayonnaise. There’s just something so ultimately delicious about chicken and mayonnaise.  It’s like they are designed to be eaten together – maybe it’s the egg in the mayonnaise…? Chicken drumsticks with mayonnaise is also a really great healthy lunch to take to work as well.  Sometimes, the most straightforward ideas are the best. 

Truthfully, I could have posted this recipe without salt, but I put salt on because I’m a salt fiend who thinks everything tastes better with salt.  But, if you want to go pure natural, take it away. The drumsticks will still be tasty.

I Recommend This For: Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks

Per person, this recipe is two chicken drumsticks per person for one meal with the expectation of a side dish because this is usually just fine for us.  However, if you fancy a genuinely carnivorous meal, then add in lots more and drop the pretence of a side dish altogether.  Paleo, whole30, keto, Atkins’ diet revolution induction, ongoing weight loss and maintenance; this recipe will suit every diet here and is also super tasty and satisfying!

Paleo, Paleo-ish, Whole30

Because I find No Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks goes really well with a salad on the side I recommend Rucola, Tomato and Toasted Pine Nut Salad and it’s added Simple Lemon Vinaigrette. Lemon and chicken is a classic taste combination for a reason.  Another great option, is the Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad; but choose the Simple Honey Dressing rather than the Mint Cream Dressing one.  Or Avocado and Red Bell Pepper Salad with Bilberries is, I find, an excellent go-to salad recipe that goes with everything.

For paleo and paleo-ish, try to add Keto Skillet Flatbread for sharing.  It will give the super hungry around the table something extra to reach for. Finally, for whole30, a few boiled eggs are always a tasty and filling extra.


One thing to keep in mind when eating chicken, as with many types of meat while on keto, is protein over fat. Here the protein content is 14g more than the fat. So, we will need something super fatty to sort everything out and keep you in ketosis and satiated. 

I previously mentioned adding Easy Homemade Mayonnaise to the chicken.  This is my go-to and deliciously tasty fix to keep fat content high.

For a whole day the stats for my recommendation look like this.

For WomenFor Men
18.6g net carbs25g net carbs
93g protein125g protein
111g fat154g fat
1507 kcal1986 kcal

For this day I did:

For breakfast:

For lunch:

For dinner:

Extra snack for the guys:

As always, feel free to chop and change or ignore my suggestions completely.

Atkins’ Diet  

Is there anything more Atkins’ approved than plain cooked chicken?  Other than a “nice, juicy steak”, probably not. This makes this such a great recipe for you your induction phase week. In fact, I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe and letting the drumsticks sit in the fridge beside the mayo for a nibbling opportunity whenever the need arises. For your meal, however, I would recommend adding in your second cup of salad greens here. Then, dunk everything on your plate in creamy mayonnaise, and gorge away. Then, if you really have, I mean have to have, something else, rustle up a Keto Goats’ and Cheddar Cheese Omelette. It’s a suitable side for Atkins’ Induction and for those further into their ongoing weight loss journey, plus it won’t spill over onto those delicious, delicious, delicious chicken drumsticks.

four roasted chicken drumsticks on a baking tray
Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks
Crispy, juicy drumsticks of deliciousness! The easiest and one of the best paleo, whole30 main dishes for only 3 ingredients! And, at zero carbs, it's a great keto & Atkins' Induction recipe too!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Lunch, Main Dish, Snacks
Cuisine Atkins’, Keto, Paleo, Paleo-ish, Whole30
Servings 2 people
Calories 305 kcal


  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp lard
  • tsp salt


  • Preheat a fan-assisted oven to 220°C.
  • Add the lard to a baking tray and immediately place into the oven and leave it till the oven warms up.
  • Pat dry the chicken drumsticks with kitchen paper and rub with the salt.
  • When the oven is at full temperature remove the baking tray.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks into the hot lard.
  • Turn each drumstick with kitchen tongs to cover them with the melted lard.
  • Return the baking tray and the drumsticks to the oven.
  • Roast for 40 minutes, turning the chicken part-way through.


Net Carbs: 0g


Serving: 131gCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 33gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1894mgPotassium: 274mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken, low carb, low net carb
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A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran

At the end of this month, Isla turns the ripe old age of six.  Proof of this is her first wobbly tooth, which has been ‘almost’ for about ten days now, if not more.  The upcoming, highly significant birthday event has been met with excitement and tears. 

The humongous list of “I want “’s are super exciting every time she adds another item to it. No, she isn’t getting it all and she knows this, but she seems to enjoy making the list longer and longer.  

The tears came because I had to tell her she would not be able to have a birthday party again. Malta is still in a partial lock-down that won’t be lifted until it’s too late.  This means no party, yet again.  Last year she coped very well without a party, accepting the bad news well. However, this time was one too many, and the tears flowed.  She had been talking about having a birthday party for months already. Hopefully next year for my little one instead.

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