Friday, June 11, 2010

Roasted Chicken Legs

My kids just LOVE chicken legs.  I don't have a deep love for them, myself, but after trying this recipe, I am thinking of them in a different light.  These were amazing!!  SO easy to make, and then the taste was yummy, spiced just right, browned and crispy from the oven..... we were even scraping up all the baked-on bits from the pan to put over our rice.  I will definitely be making these again.  The kids were fighting over the last ones!  An added bonus- a big bag of frozen chicken legs is super cheap!  Thanks to Chaos in the Kitchen for the recipe. 

Roasted Chicken Legs
adapted from Chaos in the Kitchen

chicken legs (about 2-4 legs per person)
salt and pepper or seasoned salt (I used salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder)
2 tbsp olive oil
hot sauce, if desired

1.  Heat oven to 425°. Dry chicken legs by pressing them all over with a paper towel (do this even if they seem dry already, it will help the spices stick).

2.  In a large bowl or plastic bag, toss chicken legs with salt and pepper or seasoned salt (or your own spice mix). 

3.  Add about 2 tbsp of oil to the bowl or bag and toss until legs are coated.

4.  Spread legs onto one or two (sprayed with cooking spray) rimmed baking sheets or roasting pan and place in the oven.

5.Cook, using tongs to flip legs occasionally, approx 35-40 minutes or until meat easily separates from the bone.

6.Broil chicken legs briefly until skin browns and crisps slightly, if desired.  (Mine browned nicely without this step).

7.If desired you can brush or toss some of the legs with hot sauce or serve plain or serve sprinkled lightly with Parmesan cheese.
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katie said...

Those look great!! So glad they were a hit.

megan said...

Kind of a silly question, but how do you know how much of the spices to use? I don't' cook chicken much, so I wouldn't want to add too much without knowing it...

What A Dish! said...

Megan, that's a hard one. I don't know; I just sprinkle some on until it looks right. I would say to start with less and see how you like that, and the next time you make it, or something similar, you could use more.