Easy Baked Chicken Legs! Moist, tender, juicy, crisp are the words to describe this delicious baked chicken legs recipe. Easy to make and makes use of few ingredients, it can be paired with fried spaghetti for perfect dinner.
My love for chicken legs quarters in it's full glory (bone in, skin on) is on another level. I personally think this is the best part of chicken after chicken wings ofcourse. Like, it's both thigh and drumstick in one so apart from enjoying the size of 2 in 1 which means you get more meat, it's also convenient and cheap and full of flavour consistent with dark meat.
I am not the only one in my family who loves chicken. My children and husband share this love with me. When it comes to baked chicken, we don't ever get enough.
Chicken legs is both drumstick and thigh in one. Some people also call this chicken part chicken laps. This baked chicken legs recipe is moist and juicy and it's quick to prepare.
As usual with my recipes, i have put step by step pictures of the process but this baked chicken legs recipe is so simple it's almost not necessary.
What i love about this easy baked chicken legs recipe
Simple ingredients - 6 ingredients are all you need to make this crispy baked chicken legs recipe.
Easy - It takes just 5 minutes preparation and the oven does the rest of the job.
Delicious - It's juicy, moist, crispy and delicious.
Inexpensive - It's cheaper than white meat
Baked chicken legs ingredients
The ingredients for this recipe are:
Pat chicken legs dry with kitchen towel to remove excess moisture and put in a bowl.
Add in all the other ingredients.
Mix well making sure the rub gets into all parts. Leave to sit for 5 minutes. If you have enough time you can cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for the chicken to marinate for longer.
Place baking sheet /parchment paper on a baking tray and arrange the marinated chicken legs on it.
Put the chicken tray in the oven and bake till golden brown.
How long to bake chicken legs
When it comes to poultry, it is key to get the temperature and timing right.
For food safety, internal temperature must reach 165F or 75C.
You can ensure this by using meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the chicken in such a way it sits along the bone for the most accurate temperature. If using boneless chicken, internal temperature should still be 165F or 75C.
How long to cook chicken legs in oven at 180?
Bake chicken legs at 180 Celcius for 40- 45 minutes.
How long to cook chicken legs in oven at 350?
45 - 55 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit
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Drain the juice after 10 minutes
Turn chicken over after 20 minutes in the oven for the other side to brown .
For crispy skin, increase the temperature of the oven to 200C 3-5 minutes before taking out.
Be careful not to over bake and dry out the chicken.
What to eat chicken legs with
Serve baked chicken legs with:
Sides like Coleslaw, salad for delicous, satisfying dinner
Other Frequently asked questions
How many calories are in a baked chicken leg ?
384 Calories in Chicken leg with bone in and skin on.
Can i bake at lower temperature?
Yes you can. Bake for additional minutes if baking chicken legs at a lower temperature.
What is 165 Fahrenheit in Celsius
165 Fahrenheit is equivalent to 75 Celsius
Can i use drumstick for this recipe?
Yes. You can use drumstick and follow this recipe. You will get similar results
Can i cook chicken leg without the skin?
Yes you can.
How to Store
They keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you need to store longer than that, put in ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When needed, bring out easy baked chicken legs from the freezer, thaw and heat.
Easy Baked Chicken Legs
- 5 Chicken Legs
- 1 tspn Dried thyme
- ¼ tspn Oregano
- ¼ tspn Black pepper
- 1 tbsp Curry Powder
- 1 tbsp Parsley
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 seasoning cube optional
- Pat chicken legs dry with kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. Put chicken legs in a bowl
- Add in all the other ingredients.
- Mix well making sure the rub gets into all parts. Leave to sit for 5 minutes. If you have enough time you can cover the bowl with clingfilm and put in the fridge for the chicke to marinate for longer.
- Place baking sheet/ parchment paper on a baking tray and arrange the marinated chicken legs on it.
- Put the chicken tray in the oven and bake for 45 minutes at 180 Celcius (375F) or till golden brown.
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