4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs

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Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.

Barbara’s good friend shared this easy recipe with her several years ago. It always amazes her that such a crowd-pleaser could be made with four simple ingredients – chicken legs, olive oil, salt and pepper. What’s better?  This dinner meets the requirements for low carb, keto or gluten free diets.

Wanting a baked chicken in a yummy sauce? Try this Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Recipe!

If you are looking for a recipe that combines chicken legs with an easy side dish, try our Spanish Chicken and Rice one-pan meal.

Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.

4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs

Kids love chicken legs, and husbands do too! Barbara roasts her chicken legs on her favorite stoneware roasting sheet (like these). Seriously, these are so, so simple (which is what we all need some nights when we just need to get dinner on the table).

Looking for some other proteins options for dinner?  Try our 12 minute Old Fashioned Ham Steak, Potato Chip Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders, and Tender Crock Pot Spare Ribs.

Notes About Easy Roasted Chicken Legs:

  • Grab a package or bag of chicken legs, olive oil and salt and pepper and you are good to go. That’s it!
  • If you are using frozen chicken, make sure you thaw them before baking.
  • Be sure to have your meat thermometer ready to go. The chicken should be 165 degrees F (or just shy of it – 163 degrees or so) before you pull it out. Our friend, Marybeth, has a great blog post (more than one) about using meat thermometers – check it out here.
  • To get a crispy skin, broil the chicken legs at the end. Be sure to watch them so they don’t burn. It only takes a couple minutes.
  • This is a great option if you are on a diet.  These are keto chicken legs or low carb chicken legs—however you want to say it.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED CHICKEN LEGS

For the full recipe for the best baked chicken legs, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle chicken legs with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes of until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  4. Broil for a couple minutes longer to get a golden brown crust. Be sure to watch them carefully so they do not burn.

Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are extremely easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time.

Our Favorite Side Dish Recipes

What do we serve with these easy baked chicken legs? We love simple side dishes that we can pull together while the chicken is baking.

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Creamed Peas with Canned Peas

Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon

Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas

Sesame Broccoli

Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.

4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs

Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are extremely easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken legs, crispy skin chickn legs, keto chicken legs, low carb chicken legs, roasted chicken legs
Servings: 4
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 6-8 chicken legs skin on (thawed)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Drizzle chicken legs with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to your preference.
    Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.
  • Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
    Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.
  • Broil for 3-4 minutes longer or until skin becomes golden brown.
    Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.

Notes

  • Grab your bag of chicken legs, olive oil and salt and pepper and you are good to go. That's it!
  • Barbara roasts her chicken legs on her favorite stoneware roasting sheet (like these).
  • Be sure to have your meat thermometer ready to go. The chicken should be 165 degrees F (or just shy of it - 163 degrees or so) before you pull it out. Our friend, Marybeth, has a great blog post (more than one) about using meat thermometers - check it out here.
  • To get a crispy skin, broil the chicken legs at the end. Be sure to watch them so they don't burn. It only takes a couple minutes.
  • This is a great option if you are on a diet.  These are keto chicken legs or low carb chicken legs---however you want to say it. 
  • Looking for some other proteins options for dinner?  Try our 12 minute Old Fashioned Ham Steak, Potato Chip Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders, and Tender Crock Pot Spare Ribs.

Need a quick and easy way to make your family happy? These 4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Legs are easy to make and turn out tender and juicy every time. Kids go crazy for these yummy chicken legs. These beauties are a great option when you are looking for a keto-friendly, low carb or gluten free option for dinner.

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7 Comments

  1. I am the Mother of five children, 3 sons & 2 daughters..When they were all in school and in sports, I discovered the tray of chicken legs and learned how to bake them. The children always finished every bite..No waste, only bones left..It was a weekly item for a long time. When you find something that all five like, you make the best of it.

  2. I sprinkled a little Old Bay Seauon in addition to the salt and pepper. Delicious! Great when you want simple but tasty dinner.

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