Easy Peasy Roasted Chicken Legs

If your looking for a quick, affordable and kid friendly recipe then these Easy Peasy Oven Roasted Chicken Legs are the recipe for you. 
I was a bit skeptical when I first saw this recipe at Tried and True Cooking with Heidi  only because they were just plain old seasoned chicken legs. Don't get me wrong recipes with just a handful of ingredients are always my favorite ones.  

I did like the fact that I didn't have to bread these babies all up before tossing them in the oven. So the simplicity of this recipe is really what caught my eye. This is actually the third time I have made these chicken legs because my kids love them too!!!! 

I love them because they're so easy to make. These chicken legs always turn out crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. I serve these chicken legs with macaroni and cheese, a veggie and some fruit to complete the meal. 

These Easy Peasy Roasted Chicken Legs have become another one of my "go to chicken recipes", so I thought it was time to post this tasty chicken leg recipe. I've seen this recipe pop up on a few blogs so it isn't anything new, but for the folks out there that haven't seen this recipe, I hope you'll give it a try.    

For this recipe all you have to do is toss the chicken legs in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, add a few spices and toss. Spread the chicken legs onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non stick spray and bake until the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through. 

You can also make two batches Easy Peasy Chicken Legs for the kids and for the adults that pack a bit more heat, The Pioneer Woman has a Spicy Roasted Chicken Leg version that will knock your socks off.

Yield: 5
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Easy Peasy Roasted Chicken Legs

Easy Peasy Roasted Chicken Legs

If your looking for a quick, affordable and kid friendly recipe then these Easy Peasy Oven Roasted Chicken Legs are the recipe for you.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour


  • large package of chicken legs (approximately 10 legs)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • onion powder, to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Place chicken legs in large bowl (leave the skin on) and drizzle with olive oil ( the olive oil is what makes the chicken legs so nice and crispy), enough to cover all the legs generously.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and Montreal seasoning if using.
  4. Toss the legs around to make sure they get coated with the all of the oil and the seasoning.
  5. Spread the chicken legs out on a large baking sheet that has been sprayed with non stick baking spray.
  6. Bake the chicken legs for about 45 minutes - 1 hour (depending on your oven) turning them half way through to ensure crispiness on all sides.
  7. Remove from oven and cool a bit on the baking sheet before serving.
  8. You can also bake the chicken legs on a cooking rack that you place inside of your baking sheet, but make sure you spray it really well with non stick spray.


If the blood on the ends of the chicken legs bother you the best way to minimize that is to soak them before cooking. You can do this two ways: 

  1. Place the chicken in a large glass bowl and cover with ice water. Soak the chicken for 30 minutes, then drain thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels. Much of the blood will soak away in the cold water.
  2. Soak the chicken legs (about 1-2 hours) in cold salt (kosher salt) water (about 2 teaspoons) which helps to remove the blood and will tenderizes the chicken legs. 

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Unknown said…
I've been making my chicken leg quarters like this for quite awhile, and it's hard to believe that such a simple recipe can be so tasty, but they are. It's a great dish to make when your short on time.
☺lani☺ said…
The simpler the better and healthier too! Thanks for sharing!
Heidi said…
I haven't made these in a while. Thanks for reminding me :) They are so easy and so good!
Jane said…
What a great recipe! Can't wait to try them! Have a great weekend!
Rachelle S said…
Chicken legs are such an easy go to meal, can almost never go wrong!

Sharing one that I just posted, Olive Garden's knock off Chicken Scampi!
My children (well we all) would love this! Easy is wonderful. Thanks a bunch.
Rebekah said…
I do these and bake them for about 15mins..while they are baking I simmer maple syrup with a bit of lemon juice on the stovetop. Then I pour the maple syrup over the chicken legs and bake them for another 10-15mins, turn them over bake them for about 10-15 more mins and voila! Maple baked chicken legs. They are so good.
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I'm glad you posted these! I haven't seen the recipe before, and I'm thinking I might have to make them after such a glowing recommendation. These look so easy! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com
trooppetrie said…
I am a new follower and wanted to tell you I have seen a couple of chicken recipes that look great to try out
Julie M. said…
Yummy! I love chicken legs. They're tasty, inexpensive and easy to cook. Thanks for sharing!
Shellym said…
It kind of looks like you took the skin off these chicken legs before cooking???
Tina Butler said…
No you need to leave the skin on the chicken legs. That's what makes them crisp. If you look at the far back one you will see the skin is on. When you turn them as they bake the skin tends to pull a bit. I have never tried this recipe without the skin.
Laurie said…
Can you suggest measurements or proportions for the seasoning?
Tina Butler said…
There are no specific measurements. Just season to your liking.
Debbie said…
This is an awesome recipe!! I will admit, I was skeptical with such simple ingredients and directions!! I am a believer!!
I had some thighs, too, and they were wonderful!! We had company and everyone loved the chicken!
I have a craft blog but I had to post about these tonight!! :)
Kim said…
This is one of our family's favorite chicken dishes. It is so good and comes out perfect and moist every single time. This was the first recipe I ever made that used chicken on the bone and I was so nervous to try it, but this recipe couldn't have been easier. It's been a hit ever since I first made it two years ago. Thank you!!
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Anonymous said…
I have also added brown sugar before so it is sweet and garlicky....my kids love em.
Anonymous said…
Does anyone know the Calorie and Fat Count for each Chicken Leg please? Thanks!
Tina Butler said…
Anonymous if you would like the calorie count you will need to enter the ingredients into a online calorie counter. Olive is good for you and the rest of the ingredients are just spices + the legs are baked.
hanselmt said…
I am always afraid to bake legs because I get that brown blood coming from the end of the bone. I hate the look of that but love chicken legs. How do I stop that
Tina Butler said…
One way to minimize the blood in your cooked chicken legs is to soak them before cooking. Place the chicken in a large glass bowl and cover it with ice water. Soak the chicken for 30 minutes, then drain it thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels. Much of the blood will soak away in the cold water. You can also add some salt to the water (about 2 teaspoons) it helps with the blood and tenderizes the chicken legs.
Anonymous said…
It look real good. I will have to try it.love the legs and thighs
Looks so yum! Chicken legs is my family's favorite. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
Anonymous said…
LOVE IT! After being a chef for 20 years I truly like it simple...No more running to the store for one thing only being used one time...Please make a cook book with very easy recipes!!