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


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!



  • 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


  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.


  • 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
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377.5 Fat: 24.5g Cholesterol: 178.3mg Sodium: 1,108.3mg Carbohydrates: 10.7g Sugars: 9g Protein: 26.7g Vitamin A: 66.7µg Vitamin C: 4mg

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