William came home with about 25 chickens this spring, no lie. About 5 or 6 at a time, he kept finding these little batches of chicks from different farms and of course Tractor Supply. Who can resist those cute little chicks in there?! Fast forward, we have a ton of delicious eggs this summer. They are so delicious and I love having them just out the back door. Breakfast is so easy and fun and Russell could stare at those gorgeous lady birds forever.

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But…we also have a lot of roosters. The little batch from Tractor Supply? All roosters. Literally. Or should I say we Had a lot of roosters. Roosters are super noisy, waking me up from my precious sleep, and kinda mean to the lady birds. So, they had to go.

Meat was the scariest thing for me to start SBR on, but the most rewarding. I couldn’t believe how well he held and ate his drumstick! It encouraged me to be more adventurous with his proteins, and now it’s pretty easy. Plus he loves it! The closest Baby Russell has ever gotten to a tantrum is when he dropped his chicken leg and I didn’t pick it up fast enough. He LOVES these baked chicken legs. But who doesn’t?

The best way to do these rooster legs, or just a regular drum stick is fine, ha! is in the oven. We do 350 degrees, 30 minutes then flip and another 30 minutes. The long slow roast helps it get all safe for baby – the bones aren’t as brittle and the meat not so chewy. I feel like any seasoning is fair game, but Russell doesn’t love spicy and we try and lay off the salt while taste preferences are still developing and his kidneys are so itty bitty. Our go-to is a little olive oil, garlic powder and black pepper. Italian seasoning is also pretty good, or onion powder, he seems to like it all. So if you haven’t tried meat for baby yet, I highly recommend this recipe!

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Baked Chicken Legs for Baby

Chicken seasoned and baked to healthy perfection for the whole family!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 4 Drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Rosemary or Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and place chicken on a sheet pan. Remove skin, and little bone next to the drumstick leg.
  • Dress chicken legs with olive oil and your favorite seasoning, like garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. Here we've used rosemary and garlic powder.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, flip, and bake for another 15-30 minutes, until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • Cool the drumsticks, removing any loose hard cartilage if giving to baby, and serve.


These drumsticks are heavily seasoned, but sometimes adults still miss the taste of salt here. You can add salt to the drumsticks that will be served to adults and keep them separated, or serve them with your favorite barbecue sauce if you need more flavor!


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