The Best Baked Chicken Legs

Guys, you will love this. We are chicken leg lovers and I make them often; this is one of the best recipes that I’ve made! Chicken legs are cheap and everything in the recipe is a whole food, plus it is easy! We all need some easy meals this week while we are preparing to enjoy a holiday weekend.
Sweet and salty chicken legs with a hint of garlic and a sticky gooey outside: what’s not to love? Plan on making these as soon as you get the legs; you’ll thank me later.
Are you all traveling, hosting, staying in town for Turkey Day? We go to my mother-in-law’s for a big extended family dinner and then a gigantic alumni basketball tournament at the high school that lasts all weekend. It’s a lot of fun and on top of all that I’m excited to meet my newest nephew who was born this week. Holidays are the best!
Let me know if you try the recipe. I love feedback. Enjoy!
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Caramelized Baked Chicken Legs
Recipe adapted from
Printable Recipe
Serves 6 as a main dish

2 1/2 pounds chicken legs
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the chicken legs out and give them a good sprinkling of salt and pepper on both sides. Put them in a foil-lined baking dish with high sides (the foil is to make clean up easier and is not essential). In a glass measuring cup measure out the honey, soy sauce, and ketchup. Add the minced garlic and stir. If the mixture doesn’t combine well microwave it on high for thirty seconds and stir again. Pour the honey mixture over the chicken legs.

Put the chicken legs in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Take the chicken out of the oven and rotate it so that the bottom that was in the sauce is now on the top out of the sauce. Put the legs back in the oven. Raise the heat to 425 degrees and bake until the sauce is bubbly and starts to caramelize on the chicken legs. This should take about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes: Don’t forget the napkins because this is a finger lickin’ kind of meal.

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122 comments on “The Best Baked Chicken Legs

    1. Husband that cooks?! KEEPER! I’m so pleased you liked it :) Hope you con him into trying a few more. There’s a steak carnita recipe for the crockpot floating around the archives that I highly recommend :)

  1. Tried this recipe today and it was everything it said. It had an excellent taste and I would recommend this to everyone. I think you could use this marinade on anything. Will be making this again.

  2. My chicken didn’t caramelize. I followed everything exactly how it was written… Do you think I should have turned the temperature up higher?

    1. We just made it this week and served it with roasted butternut squash, steamed broccoli and something we call Dixie Salad (pomegranates, pecans, and apples in a lightly sweetened whipped cream). It’s great over rice too, the sauce in the pan is awesome with the rice.

  3. This is in my oven right now. I made a few additions: ginger, a blob of horseradish, cayenne pepper, and extra garlic. Serving with fried rice. Yummers!

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure you could. I’m not sure how long it would take to cook though… maybe 30 minutes? Boneless breast cook a lot faster than legs so I’d make sure they were cooked through without over cooking. Let me know if you try them!