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Oven Roasted Chicken Legs

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Edyta
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.
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  • 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 and 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