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How to Bake Chicken Legs in the Oven

Chicken drumsticks are the perfect way to feed a crowd and get food on the table in a hurry! Learn how to bake chicken legs in the oven; the process is simple; coat chicken in the seasoning of your choice and toss them in the oven. 

A hand holding a chicken drumstick.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Drumsticks
  • Oil
  • Seasoning

HOW TO BAKE CHICKEN LEGS IN THE OVEN

1. Add seasoning to a mixing bowl and massage it into the chicken. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 6 hours.

A Peruvian chicken marinade coats the chicken drumsticks.

2. Preheat the oven to 400° F | 204 ° C, and set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet; line the drumsticks onto it.

Peruvian chicken drumsticks roast in the oven in about 30. mminutes.

3. Cook for 25-30 minutes, flipping the drumsticks halfway through.

Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks resting on a wire rack and ready to be served.

4. If you prefer crispy skin- set the oven to broil and cook for 1-3 minutes.

5. Remove the drumsticks from heat and allow them to rest before serving.

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WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – Store leftovers in an air-tight container; baked chicken will keep for up to four days.
  • FREEZE – Allow the chicken to cool completely, and add it to a freezer-safe container or bag. Baked chicken will freeze for up to 4 months. When you’re ready to eat it, defrost it in the fridge overnight.
  • REHEAT – For best results, reheat the chicken in the oven to serve.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s a safe baked chicken legs temperature? How do you know when they’re done?

You will know the chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165° F | 73° F. Cooking times may vary based on the size of the drumsticks. I highly recommend using a food thermometer for a more accurate reading.

How long to cook chicken legs in the oven?

I bake drumsticks in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 400° F | 204° C for crispy, juicy drumsticks every single time! Be sure to adjust the cooking time based on the temperature of your oven.

How long to broil chicken?

Broil chicken for 1-3 minutes after baking to get a nice, crispy skin.

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How to Bake Chicken Legs in the Oven

Tressa Jamil
Learn how to make chicken legs in the oven for fall-off-the-bone chicken drumsticks every time.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Preparations
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • ½ cup chicken rub of choice
  • Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Add seasoning to a mixing bowl and massage it into the chicken. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 6 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° F | 204 ° C, and set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet; line the drumsticks onto it.
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping the drumsticks halfway through.
  • If you prefer crispy skin- set the oven to broil and cook for 1-3 minutes.
  • Remove the drumsticks from heat and allow them to rest before serving.

Notes

  • Prepare the Drumsticks: For crispy skin, be sure to dry the chicken legs with a cloth before seasoning and baking them. 
 
  • How do I know when the chicken is done? Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken after the 20-minute mark. The safe cooking temperature is 165° F | 73° C.
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