Baked Chicken Legs

There are perhaps thousands of ways to bake chicken legs. So what makes this article any different? Well, the recipes mentioned below are easy to prepare and can be integrated with many ethnic flavors. Take a look at some tempting oven-baked chicken legs that will make your mouth water...
Tastessence Staff
There may be tons of chicken recipes in the world with lots of different flavors and ingredients. And one of them is oven-baked chicken that is healthy and nutritious for you and your family. If you want to know how to bake chicken legs, then take a look at these wholesome recipes.

Chicken Legs with Beans and Salsa

The oven-baked recipe with chicken breasts is one of my absolute favorite, because the recipe lets me combine tomato salsa and salsa verde. You can serve the chicken with rice which makes for a really delicious and hearty meal for your family.

Ingredients
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 4 chicken breasts, halves
  • 2 cups chunky salsa
  • 1½ cups of mixed Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1 canned corns, drained
  • 1 canned mild green chili peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper for taste
Preheat the oven at 350ºF and slightly grease a large casserole. After you wash and dry the chicken, sprinkle salt and pepper over it. In the casserole, combine corn, black beans, half of salsa and cilantro, and green chili peppers. Place the chicken breasts and legs on top of the mixture and spread the rest of the salsa and cilantro over it. Top it off with cheese and cover the casserole with foil. Your chicken legs will take about 25-30 minutes to cook. After half an hour, remove the cover and let it bake for another 10 minutes till the chicken gets tender and the cheese starts to turn brown.

Spicy Chicken Legs

This dish can be served with white rice, buttered corn, and a side of stir-fried vegetables. The entire combination makes for a fantastic dinner option.

Ingredients
  • 4 lbs chicken legs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
  • Hot sauce
Preheat the oven at 475ºF. Place the chicken legs on paper towel. After sometime, place the chicken in a bowl, add salt and black pepper on top to coat properly. You can even use garlic powder or onion powder and paprika to coat. Next add the olive oil and use tongs to mix everything properly. Take a baking sheet to spread the chicken legs on top. Place the baking sheet inside the oven and let it cook for about 40 minutes. If you wish to make the legs crisp and more brown, you can place the baking sheet inside the broiler for 5 minutes. In the end, just before serving, place the chicken in a big bowl and add hot sauce on top. Toss one last time and serve immediately.

Japanese Baked-Crispy Chicken Legs

The crispy chicken legs is a healthy alternative to plain old fried chicken. The taste is tantalizing and can be prepared anytime of the day. You can infuse this dish with a side salad or Miso soup.

Ingredients
  • 10-12 chicken legs & thighs
  • 8 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet red chili sauce
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup peanut oil
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, crushed
  • Salt and pepper for taste
To prepare the Hoisin sauce, whisk sweet red chili sauce, Hoisin sauce, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl. Preheat the oven at 375ºF and slightly grease the baking pan. After you wash and dry the chicken, take a big plastic bag and combine chicken, peanut oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and half scallions. Take a bowl and mix bread crumbs, salt and pepper properly. Take the chicken pieces, coat all sides in the bread crumb mixture, and lay it on the baking pan. After the chicken is in the oven for 30-35 minutes, turn it over and bake for another 30-35 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked from all sides, place it on a serving platter and drizzle the Hoisin sauce over it. Sprinkle crushed peanuts and the rest of the scallions. Serve hot with your choice of salad.

Honey-baked Chicken Legs

The combination of honey and lemon is intoxicating. Now imagine that on baked chicken. Wow! Well, once you prepare this next recipe, you're going to love every single piece of it.

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 lbs chicken legs
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic-salt seasoning
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
Preheat the oven at 350ºF. Make sure that chicken legs are properly washed and dried. Take a Ziploc bag, place the chicken legs in with flour and garlic-salt seasoning. Inside a microwave, melt butter and transfer into a baking dish. Place chicken on the dish and coat with melted butter thoroughly. Place the dish inside the oven for about half an hour. Meanwhile, take a saucepan to heat honey along with brown sugar, lemon juice, and soy sauce (you can use Worcestershire sauce too). Keep stirring continuously or else the mixture will stick to the pan. After 30 minutes of chicken being inside the oven, pour the mixture on top and toss properly. Place the dish back inside the oven and bake for another 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Hot Chicken Salad

If you happen to have leftovers from the above mentioned recipes, here's a great way to incorporate them into a hot chicken legs salad.

Ingredients
  • 10 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1½ cup celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup potato chips, crushed
  • 1 cup onions
  • Leftover chicken
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (black walnuts or almonds)
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper for taste
Mix all the ingredients together in a baking dish and sprinkle a cup of crushed potato chips on top. Bake it in a 450ºF oven for about 15 minutes. Serve hot with salad, mashed potatoes, lemon rice, or spicy dips.

Garlic-baked Chicken Leg Quarters

If you're in love with the flavor of garlic on chicken, then this recipe is for you. The recipe is quite simple and doesn't take a lot of your time in the kitchen.

Ingredients
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
Preheat the oven at 425ºF. In a bowl, mix garlic, chili powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, cumin, and olive oil. Use a fork to mash the mixture together and brush it over chicken pieces. Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour chicken broth on top. Place the dish inside the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Once the chicken is ready, serve immediately.

All these recipes, as you can see, are easy to prepare. You don't really have to do a lot of preparation to cook the chicken. If you and your family love to have delicious chicken dinners, then these recipes are the best way to accomplish that.