We love these 2 easy Oven Fried Chicken Legs for a delicious dinner. Chicken legs are easy to prepare and even easier on the family budget. Two chicken leg recipes for the oven, one with breadcrumbs and one with flour. Both are unbelievably delicious!
Oven Fried Chicken Legs – Simple Dinner Recipe
Dinner is quick & delicious with the addition of these oven fried chicken legs. We have found that if you arm yourself with simple and tasty dinner recipes, you won’t mind cooking at home more often.
Can I use chicken thighs for this recipe? Yes, you can actually use chicken thighs or legs to prepare these recipes; either way the chicken is tender, juicy and baked to perfection.
Chicken legs are always a cheaper dinner option, and even lower in cost if you can find them on sale. The chicken legs and thighs are actually very tasty and one of the best parts of the chicken.
Lightly salt & pepper chicken legs before adding to the casserole dish with butter. Salt and pepper before cooking really brings out the flavor of the chicken. This is a step you don’t want to forget!
Ingredients Needed for Oven Fried Chicken Legs:
- Chicken Legs
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Dried Sage
Save Money on the Family Budget and Make these Easy And Delicious Oven Baked Chicken Legs.
- 8 chicken legs (about 2-1/2 lbs.)
- salt & pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup regular dry breadcrumbs (not panko)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using the oven, melt the butter in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Remove dish from the oven when the butter has melted.
Lightly salt & pepper all of the chicken legs.
Mix together the breadcrumbs, spices and salt. Pour the breadcrumbs into a pan or flat dish.
Place chicken pieces in the casserole dish with the melted butter and turn the pieces until they are well coated with the butter.
Dip each chicken leg into the breadcrumb mixture and turn until well coated. Place the chicken leg back into the casserole dish. Do this with each chicken leg.
Let chicken sit on the counter for 15 minutes.
Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
You only need 4 tablespoons of melted butter to make this recipe work. That’s only 1/2 tablespoon of butter per chicken leg so not a ton of calories. Make sure the chicken pieces are well coated with butter before dipping in the breadcrumb mixture.
Make sure the chicken leg pieces are well coated with breadcrumbs. We use Progresso breadcrumbs, and they always work very well for this recipe.
Remember – The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit.
Baked fried chicken legs are always a popular family meal.
Don’t forget to Check out A Few of Our Family Friendly Chicken Recipes:
What is the Best Coating for Chicken Drumsticks?
Flour or breadcrumbs which is the best? We love them both and use both recipes often. Using flour tastes a little bit like KFC chicken. Breadcrumbs works well too. The chicken turns out just a little crispier.
Here is another Family Favorite Recipe Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks Recipe Using Flour Instead of Breadcrumbs
This awesome juicy oven fried chicken recipe is made with flour instead of the breadcrumbs. This makes an amazing oven fried chicken.
EASY Baked Chicken Drumsticks – Delicious Baked Chicken Yet Tastes Like Fried!
Ingredients Needed for Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks
- 3 lbs. mixed chicken thighs and leg
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley to sprinkle over chicken
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 teaspoon oregano
How to Make Fried Chicken Legs Baked in the Oven
STEP 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
STEP 2. Place a 9 x 13″ baking dish in the oven for a few minutes to melt the butter.
STEP 3. Mix the flour and all the herbs in a large plastic resealable bag and shake well to blend.
STEP 4. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
STEP 4. Place chicken in resealable bag one piece at a time. Shake bag until chicken is well coated.
STEP 5. Place chicken in the casserole dish in a single layer.
STEP 6. Bake for 22 minutes and the remove chicken from the oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 22 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Awesome Oven Fried Chicken
We’ve have made this awesome easy oven fried chicken recipe for about 10 years, and we have never tired of it. And, it’s just a little more delicious in the summer when you can serve with fresh corn and fresh summer vegetables!
Original recipes for oven fried chicken can call for a full stick of butter, but this recipe works well with 3-4 tablespoons.
The combination of seasonings really enhances the flavor of this chicken recipe and give it that down-home fried chicken taste. Your family is going to love this scrumptious chicken recipe for dinner or pack it up for a summer picnic!
We use a combination of chicken thighs and chicken legs for this recipe, and it comes out close to 3 lbs. -but you can use a little less. You can also use all chicken legs or all thighs.
Chicken thighs and legs tends to be dark meat, but this is one of the tastiest and most tender parts of the chicken. We do love a good chicken drumstick recipe and this one is sure a family friendly recipe that we bake and serve often.
What to Serve with Oven Friend Chicken Legs
Fried chicken legs in the oven just seem to go with yummy corn on the cob and mashed potatoes.