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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    • I think so. Most of that small bone-in chicken cooks about the same amount of time. You could always use a thermometer to check the temperature to make sure you aren’t over cooking though!

  1. I have been looking for a great middle-of-the-week chicken recipe that’s quick and easy, using ingredients that I keep stocked anyway, and this is it! I have already made it several times- Hubby LOVES it! It’s just the two of us so I usually halve the recipe. Perfection! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I made these for dinner last night. It was A BIG HIT!!!! My picky 3 yr old ate and my 4 yr old had thirds. and my husband said a definite do over. This was great. Perfect blend of flavor and I really like the fact that the taste went all the way to the bone. Thank you…..

  3. I didnt have soy sauce :( i am replacing it with teriyaki…. (crossing fingers) will let you know how it turns out …

  4. Made these yesterday for dinner and they were delicious! Used 10 legs and used gluten free versions of ingredients where needed, for my hubby (gluten allergy). Otherwise, followed recipe exactly. Whole family loved this recipe, especially my 8 year old daughter! Served with creamy Parmesan rice (Pinterest) and roasted veggies (Pinterest). Leftovers tasted even better today!

  5. I made this for the first time last week, and made it again tonight for dinner! It’s just so yummy! I’m not normally a fan of drumsticks, but these are just too good to resist! I am one happy pregnant lady : D

  6. I finally made these tonight… Went to a wholesale store and bought a huge bag of drumsticks…. It was absolutely delicious… Finger licking good…. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of the drumsticks… Any recipe ideas? Thank you!!!