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These Salt & Pepper Oven Baked Chicken Legs will make you love eating chicken legs again! Let’s face it, chicken legs can be our least favourite things to eat or is it just me that grew out of loving them? When I was a kid, I would chose oven baked chicken legs over anything else my Mom made but now as an adult I don’t actually buy packages of chicken legs on purpose – until I came up with the idea of making them in my favourite flavour!

These Salt & Pepper Oven Baked Chicken Legs will make you love eating chicken legs again!

How to Make Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Chicken legs are the best when they are oven baked, however if you are in the middle of summertime BBQ season they can also be amazing done on the BBQ! Alas, we don’t always have a BBQ handy, so oven bake chicken legs are the way to go for 80% of the year. Here are a few commonly asked questions about baking chicken legs and their answers! 

Is baking chicken drumsticks the best way to cook chicken legs?

I’m going to say yes. Even though I have some crockpot chicken legs coming up soon as a recipe, I can truly say that baking chicken legs is the easiest way to get crispy chicken legs. It’s tied with BBQ drumsticks but I am not wandering through the snow in the winter to make chicken legs on the BBQ! Oven baked chicken legs are the way to go! 

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How long do you bake chicken legs or chicken drumsticks for?

You bake them until they reach a temperature of 185 °F. Yes, chicken legs are dark meat, which means that you don’t want to only cook them to 165 °F, that’s the temperature suggested for food safety reasons. With chicken dark meat you want to cook it to at least 185 range, so that the fats and meat fibers break down. It’s not about safely, it’s about cooking the meat until it’s the best texture possible and that means cooking dark meat to a higher temperature. You should definitely have a reliable meat thermometer for all of your cooking needs. It’s hard to bake chicken legs or anything else for that matter without one! Temperature matters! 

What are some other baked chicken legs or baked chicken drumsticks recipes?

You can make all sorts of oven baked chicken legs and all of these recipes will work for them:

  1. Homemade Shake and Bake 
  2. Plain Oven Baked Chicken Legs
  3. Easy Honey Garlic Chicken

However, let’s talk about how my Salt and Pepper Oven Baked Chicken Legs are the absolute BEST! I know, I know, I am so modest (hahah as if) but these are right up there with my Salt and Pepper Chicken wings and in fact, I pretty much took the premise of those wings and made them into baked chicken legs. 

Oven Baked Chicken Legs Video

You can watch how I make the chicken wings in my video, just sub in chicken legs and you have it made! 

These salt and pepper oven baked chicken legs are going to change your mind about chicken legs! I’m gradually coming over to the Dark Side of chicken legs. Slowly. Maybe is it because I over did them as a kid? Who else got tired of chicken legs? Just me?  Chicken legs are a great cut of meat ; cheap, easy to hold and they cook up SO fast. Not only that, chicken legs really are a great piece of chicken to “coat” in sauces and other flavours. Unlike chicken thighs, you eat around the entire chicken legs with flavour on all sides, which is probably why they are so popular.crispy oven baked chicken legs

Tips & Tricks For Making Amazing Oven Baked Chicken Legs

  • If you don’t have a pan that is really non-stick, line your baking sheet with tinfoil to prevent a big mess.
  • Use a larger than you need baking sheet, you need to be able to toss around the chicken legs while baking.
  • While I do toss the chicken wings in the salt and pepper mixture, I tend to sprinkle them onto the baked chicken legs rather than toss them. I can control the amount that sticks to the wings.
  • Don’t be afraid to really coat those chicken legs with the salt and pepper mixture. You would be surprised at how much you need to get a really good flavour!
  • Don’t skip out on making the garlic and sesame sauce! That’s what really gives these oven baked chicken legs their kapow! 

Happy  Cooking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Salt & Pepper Oven Baked Chicken Legs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Amazing, mind-blowing salt and pepper oven baked chicken legs. Green onion, garlic and sesame oil make these the most amazing chicken legs that you will ever eat.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 601 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 8 chicken legs
  • 3 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons crushed black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 green onions diced
  • chili pepper flakes optional but the heat is nice!
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Combine the salt and pepper together in a bowl. Place the chicken legs on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle the chicken legs with the salt and pepper, then shake on the baking tray to cover completely.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes then turn and bake for another 15-20 minutes until crispy and cooked to 185 °F at least. You can cook them a bit further to your liking if you desire.

  4. As soon as the legs are close to being done, heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and onions. 

  5. Cook until the garlic has browned slightly.
  6. Remove the chicken legs from oven and place in a large bowl.
  7. Toss the chicken legs with the garlic oil until completely coated.
  8. Place the now crispy, oven baked chicken legs on a serving platter, spooning any leftover garlic oil over the top.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Calories and info are based on s 2 chicken legs per person serving.

Nutrition Facts
Salt & Pepper Oven Baked Chicken Legs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 601 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 1963mg 82%
Potassium 597mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 4.8%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 12.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

3 Comments

  1. Susanna Belter Reply

    Great recipe! It was just what I was looking for. I’m going to try it with wings in my air fryer too.

  2. I live in New Brundwick for the last 5 years.I was from Edmonton AB for 70 years prior to that. I love to cook
    and enjoy you recipes.

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