Baked Chicken Legs are always a good choice for the budget-conscious household. This delicious recipe produces the most tender juicy meat with crisp skin for the perfect dinner. Since they’re so easy to make, they’re also great to bake and pull the meat for Homemade Chicken Spaghetti or Chicken Salad!
I love serving these with a side of steamed broccoli and Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes for a healthy, easy weeknight meal!
When it comes to finding ways to save money without sacrificing pure deliciousness, baked chicken leg quarters are on my short list. But cost is a very small part of the picture. Nothing compares to bone-in, skin on dark-meat poultry for juicy, tasty yumminess. Plus, it’s just about the fastest dish to prep that you can imagine.
A simple seasoning of garlic powder and herbs is all you need (use fresh herbs if you have them on hand or use 1/3 the herbs if using dried). I love rosemary with poultry, and that’s what this baked chicken legs recipe calls for. But you can also make these just as easily, with nothing more than salt and freshly ground pepper (or turn them into baked bbq chicken legs with your favorite barbecue sauce).
How to Bake Chicken Legs
Chicken legs are a dark meat cut of chicken consisting of both a thigh and drumstick. As much as I love a juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast, I find that dark meat (including chicken thighs) carries so much more flavor.
Keeping the skin on helps seal in the juices and it comes out crisp and delicious! Even if you decide not to eat the skin, I’d suggest cooking these chicken legs with the skin on.
- Cut away any large chunks of fat if desired (I usually don’t bother).
- Pat the chicken dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture on the skin.
- Toss the chicken legs with olive oil, garlic powder and herbs.
- Place on a rimmed baking sheet uncovered and bake until the juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Broil 1-2 minutes at the end if desired.
Serve your oven baked chicken legs with cheesy scalloped potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes, for a hearty and satisfying dinner. If you have leftovers, they’ll keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Or, you can freeze them for up to four months.
How Long to Bake Chicken Legs
You need to be food-safe when it comes to any poultry or poultry product. Cooking times will vary, depending on the oven temperature, whether the chicken starts at room temperature or is straight out of the refrigerator.
Baked chicken legs should be cooked until the juices run clear and the internal temperature has reached 165°F. Always preheat your oven before putting the legs in. A higher temperature will produce a crisper skin.
- Cook bone in chicken legs for 40-45 minutes at 400°F
- Cook bone in chicken legs for 45-55 minutes at 375°F
- Cook bone in chicken legs for 50-60 minutes at 350°F
The best way to ensure doneness is to use a meat thermometer (I never cook meat without it). Make sure you don’t hit a bone while checking the temperature, or the reading will be off.
More Easy Chicken Recipes
- Chicken Cordon Bleu – a classic
- Easy Grilled Chicken Breast – great for summer grilling or salads
- Teriyaki Chicken– quick weeknight meal
- Creamy Chicken Enchiladas – personal favorite!
- Crockpot Chicken Tacos – set it and forget it
- Air Fryer Chicken Legs – so crispy & flavorful
- Beer Can Chicken – so easy to make
Crispy Baked Chicken Legs
- 5 chicken legs bone-in and skin-on
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Toss chicken legs with olive oil, herbs, garlic powder and paprika. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Bake 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken reaches 165°F.
- Broil 1 minute if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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easy and fast and sounds quite tasty, just bought a few parsley plants, so they will come in handy for this recipe. will be making it tonight
We hope you love it as much as we do, Gudrun!
Eloquent recipe with just the right amount of information. Thank you! I am going to make it right now.
Thank you so much for your feedback, enjoy the recipe!
I just made this….magnificent !!!! And delicious … can’t wait to make it again! “A 1”. But really. “A10
Am going to try it
You are going to love it Lisa!
Looks yummy! I’ll try dinner tomorrow ❤️
It is so yummy Mimi! Happy cooking.
Made this recipe as written today. It was yummy. It will be a regular menu choice.
So happy to hear that Kathy!
Hi, thanks for detailed instruction. I have done baking chicken in the past with exact amount of time but it always make my chicken dry. I wanted to find out which setting in the oven or the symbol you use to have a juice outcome?
I use the bake setting on my oven and set it to 400°F.
Cover? Or uncovered?