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Easy Baked Chicken Legs are seasoned with simple spices and a thick sweet and tangy homemade barbeque sauce. The sauce is the flavor sensation of this recipe. Made with ingredients right from your pantry, this simple sauce is full of rich smokey flavors. Roast chicken legs with spices for those picky eaters. Plain or covered in a sweet and tangy barbeque sauce, these easy roasted chicken legs won't last long.
Perfect Homemade Barbecue Sauce
These roasted chicken legs are great anytime of year from the icy cold winter days to the hot and humid days of summer when you would rather not be outside.
First start with the barbeque sauce.
Its easy to grab a bottle of premade barbecue sauce from the store.
But when you make a homemade sauce you can tweak the ingredients until you get the right mix of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors that will be yours alone.
Barbecue Sauce Ingredients
I start with vinegar and ketchup, add in brown sugar, dried mustard, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, onions, and spices for a rich, thick, and spicy sauce.
How to Make Easy Baked Chicken Legs
This easy recipe is about roasting the chicken legs in a hot oven and the spices that add flavor. Then topping with a rich sweet, spicy, and tangy BBQ sauce.
Covering the sheet pan with a layer of aluminum foil will protect your pan and make for easy clean up. Add a rack to elevate the chicken legs. Add salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder and a sprinkle of paprika.
Roast legs at a high temperature of 450F for 20 minutes. Rotate the legs and continue to roast for 10 minutes.
Now prepare your barbeque sauce. While the legs are in the oven, add all your ingredients to a pan, stir and bring to a boil over medium-low heat.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce while the legs are roasting. Stir occasionally as the sauce starts to thicken.
Next, when the legs are done, switch the setting to broil on high. Heat for 5 minutes to crisp the skin. Rotate the chicken, apply barbecue sauce, and heat for 3-5 minutes. Watch closely.
The legs are done when the internal temperature reaches 165F.
Cooking Tip: Make sure your legs on done to perfection with a temperature probe. (#ad) This helps eliminate dry, overcooked chicken. Check the leg temperature in the thickest part of the meat next to the bone. I use one like this.
How to Store Barbeque Sauce
To save time on this recipe, you can make the sauce ahead of time. Store in a covered dish for up to a week in the refrigerator.
The roasted chicken legs are best right out of the oven. If there are any left, store in a covered dish for 2-3 days.
What to Serve with Easy Baked Chicken Legs
These tasty Baked Chicken Legs are great with a green salad dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You might also serve Roasted Acorn Squash, Easy Broccoli Slaw Recipe, or Vegetable Couscous Salad.
Looking for more chicken dishes? Check out my post on Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes. Chicken entrées made with simple healthy ingredients and ready in less than an hour.
April 2021: post and recipe card updated with recipe tips and instruction details.