Baked Crispy Chicken Legs – just a few simple tricks make this chicken legs crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
How to Bake Chicken Legs
Chicken legs are a dark meat cut of chicken consisting of both a thigh and drumstick. Keeping the skin on helps seal in the juices and it comes out crisp and delicious!
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture on the skin.
Toss the chicken legs with olive oil, honey, 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.
A baking sheet of crispy baked chicken legs fresh from the oven.
How Long to Bake Chicken Legs?
Cooking times for baked chicken legs vary, depending on the oven temperature, the heating capability of your oven, and whether the chicken comes straight out of the fridge or at room temperature. is when I bake bone-in chicken legs at 400°F for about 40-45 minutes while rotating the chicken legs halfway through – roughly after 20 minutes of cooking.
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- 2 chicken legs with skin
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Toss chicken legs with olive oil, honey, herbs, garlic powder, and paprika. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Bake 45-50 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken reaches 165°F.
- Decorated with parsley and rosemary.
425°F for about 40-45 minutes, the higher the temperature, the crispier the chicken gets.