Oven Roasted Chicken Legs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Oven Roasted Chicken Legs - either thighs, drumsticks, or even whole; can be the easiest dinner one can make when the time is scarce. 5 minutes prep time is all you'll need.
- 2 Chicken Thighs
- 4 Chicken Drumsticks
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil Extra Virgin
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Salt Himalayan or Kosher
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper Freshly grounded
- 2 cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 teaspoon Sweet Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano Dried
- 1/2 teaspoon Thyme Dried
- Pinch Cayenne Pepper
- 2 tbsp Butter optional for a crispy skin
Preheat the oven to 425F.
In a bowl combine: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika, turmeric, oregano, thyme and cayenne;
Place the chicken in the oven safe dish like casserole or cast iron skillet;
Pour the mixture over the chicken and rub it on both sides; (This can be done a night before and kept refrigerated before cooking);
Place the chicken skin side up and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika (for more intense color); Transfer the casserole to the hot oven.
Roast the chicken for 40-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F;
After about 20 minutes of roasting you can add a little pat of butter on each piece of chicken for crispier skin. It is an optional step and can be omitted;
Once the chicken reaches 165 F remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
You can cook whole legs instead of thighs an drumsticks. The roasting time will be longer - approximately an hour.
Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 955mg | Potassium: 437mg | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.7mg