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How to Cook Baked 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 cook baked chicken legs in the oven; the process is simple; coat chicken in the seasoning of your choice and toss them in the oven. 

How to Cook Baked Chicken Legs in the Oven

1. Add spices or seasoning of choice to a mixing bowl and massage them 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°, then 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 the way we do, 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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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE

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

You will know the chicken is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165.° Cooking time may vary based on the size of the drumsticks. Because of this, 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° for crispy, juicy drumsticks every 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.


How long does baked chicken last?

The chicken will keep in the fridge for up to four days. However, its skin will lose its crispiness once refrigerated. For day one or day two, simply reheat the chicken legs in the broiler to maintain the crispy skin. After that, I recommend pulling the chicken off the bone and adding it to a salad or sandwich.

How to Bake Chicken Legs in the Oven

Learn how to cook fall off the bone chicken drumsticks in the oven perfectly every time.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Preparations
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook baked chicken legs in the oven
Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Tressa Jamil

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken drumstick
  • ½ cup chicken rub of choice

Instructions

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

Notes

  • For crispy skin, be sure to dry the chicken legs with a cloth before seasoning and baking them. 
  • Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken after the 20-minute mark. The safe cooking temperature is 165°.

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