Crispy Panko-Crusted Baked Chicken Legs

Easy to make Crispy Panko-Crusted Baked Chicken Legs made with just a few simple ingredients – so crispy you won’t believe it’s not deep fried. If you don’t have the time to make fried chicken, this chicken leg recipe is here to save your bacon!

Crispy chicken legs sitting on a black wire baking rack inside of a baking pan.

Oven Baked Panko Chicken Legs Recipe

Hello easy chicken dinner! This is such a simple recipe that turns an inexpensive chicken leg into something super delicious. It’s super simple to throw together (season the chicken, dip it in beaten eggs, then roll it in bread crumbs, and repeat). And the best part? Your whole family will love this dish! I love a meal that everyone likes, and believe me, that’s no small feat with a family of seven.

This is also a really easy meal to plan your favorite seasonal sides around. Serve it with fresh corn and watermelon in the summer and a loaf of crusty bread and winter squash in the winter. With a classic main dish, you can serve it with whatever you like or have on hand (I have a long list of serving suggestions at the end of the post).

This recipe is also really easy to scale up or down, so make it for a table set for 2 or 20.

 

Tips and Tricks for Making Crispy Panko-Crusted Baked Chicken Legs:

  • New to smoked paprika? It adds great depth of flavor and richness that’s hard to mimic. Finding it is worth the effort (and it’s great in Mexican dishes, too).
  • Baking the chicken on a wire rack is the key to the crispy outside (it cooks evenly all around and isn’t sitting in its own juices). If you don’t have a wire wrack, you can bake the chicken directly on the pan though your results won’t be quite as awesome.
  • If you have time, letting the chicken rest with the spice rub on it for a half hour is great.

What Makes Baked Chicken Legs Crispy?

I use a few different tricks to make these drumsticks extra crispy. One is baking the chicken on a wire rack set in a baking pan. This helps the hot air circulate all around the chicken while baking and it also keeps the chicken from cooking in its own moisture. Panko bread crumbs are the other key to this recipe. They are extra large bread crumbs that help things to cook up extra crispy. Look for them in a box next to your traditional bread crumbs.

Can You Freeze Baked Chicken Legs?

When it comes to this crispy chicken recipe, freezing doesn’t work. It loses its crispy outside which kind of defeats the whole purpose of the recipe. So no, don’t freeze this recipe; the end result isn’t great.

8 chicken legs evenly spaced on a pan that are golden brown and baked to crispy perfection.

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Bowl of crispy panko-crusted baked chicken legs

Crispy Panko-Crusted Baked Chicken Legs


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Yield: 8 legs 1x

Description

Easy to make Crispy Panko-Crusted Baked Chicken Legs made with just a few simple ingredients – so crispy you won’t believe it’s not deep fried. If you don’t have the time to make fried chicken, this chicken leg recipe is here to save your bacon!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2.5 to 3 pounds chicken legs (about 8)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup original Panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment and set a wire baking rack inside the pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
  3. Use the spice mixture like a meat rub and rub it all over the chicken legs.
  4. In a shallow dish, add the eggs and beat well. In a second shallow dish, add the Panko bread crumbs.
  5. Dip one chicken leg in the egg mixture coating completely then dip it in the bread crumbs, coating completely.
  6. Set the coated drumstick on the wire rack in the prepared pan.
  7. Repeat with remaining chicken legs, keeping them from touching as you set them on the rack.
  8. Bake for 1 hour or until the centers of the biggest chicken legs register 165 degrees F.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • New to smoked paprika? It’s adds great depth of flavor and richness that’s hard to mimic. Finding it is worth the effort (and it’s great in Mexican dishes, too).
  • Baking the chicken on a wire rack is the key to the crispy outside (it cooks evenly all around and isn’t sitting in its own juices). If you don’t have a wire wrack, you can bake the chicken directly on the pan though your results won’t be quite as awesome.
  • If you have time, letting the chicken rest with the spice rub on it for a half hour is great.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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So many serving suggestions and most of them are just as easy as the chicken! I can’t wait for you to add this to your dinner rotation, because it’s easy and satisfying and your whole family will love it.

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      I’m so sorry, that was an error on my end! It’s all fixed and showing up now. Thank you for letting me know or I wouldn’t have caught the mistake!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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