27 Best Chicken Leg Recipes

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Any type of chicken makes for a great lunch or dinner, but some of my personal favorite meals include chicken legs! And that’s exactly why I put together this list of my favorite chicken leg recipes. So that I can find them all in one place! 


These easy chicken leg recipes are all simple to put together, so incredibly tasty, and perfect for everyone!

1. Air Fryer Chicken Legs

These air fryer chicken drumsticks are the perfect balance of juicy and crispy. This recipe uses a simple blend of seasonings slathered all over the chicken to add tons of flavor. Take a couple minutes to prep the chicken legs, then pop ‘em in the air fryer and you’re good to go. Su[per easy and even more delicious!

2. Baked Chicken Legs

Bake some delicious, restaurant-quality chicken legs right in your own home for your next meal! These oven baked chicken legs are my favorite. The crispy skin and tender inside makes for the perfect bite. Not to mention they are full of flavor! What’s not to like about that?

3. Fried Chicken Legs

Make your own fried chicken legs using this easy, 15-minute recipe! This meal is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner…or for any time that you’re just craving that delicoius flavor and texture of fried. Buttermilk for juiciness and hot sauce for a little kick. These chicken legs are absolutely divine!

4. Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe for crockpot chicken drumsticks only uses 5 ingredients. Super simple and super tasty! Just toss your drumsticks, seasonings, and barbeque sauce in your crockpot, and you’ll have a mouthwatering meal in no time. 

5. Chicken Legs With Peppers

Use up those peppers in your fridge by making this Italian-inspired chicken leg recipe! With delicious seasonings and tons of flavor, this will not be the last time you whip up this easy, one-pan recipe. Simply season, sear, roast, and serve with crisp-tender onions and peppers for a tasty and healthy meal!

6. Parmesan Baked Chicken Legs

Crispy and cheesy! My favorite combination! These parmesan baked chicken legs can be prepared in only 5 minutes, and are a guaranteed hit with the whole family. Juicy, chicken legs coated in herbs and cheese for the perfect weeknight meal.

7. Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks

Whip up a juicy and delectable dinner with this honey soy chicken drumsticks recipe! The honey and garlic marinade makes for the perfect sweet-to-savory ratio. You won’t be able to get enough! Serve with green onions and sesame seeds over a pile of rice or cauliflower rice for the perfect meal.

8. Coq Au Vin

This chicken stew recipe literally means chicken in wine, and it tastes as good as it sounds. This classic French dish will leave everyone satisfied. Use your favorite high-quality wine and the perfect blend of seasonings and veggies. The result? Juicy, crispy chicken smothered in a flavorful, rich gravy. It doesn’t get better than that!

9. Honey Mustard Chicken

I love honey mustard flavored anything, so when I found this recipe for honey mustard chicken drumsticks, I was ecstatic! And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Sweet, sticky, and super flavorful, this is my new favorite recipe…and I guarantee it will be yours too!

10. Baked Curried Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe for curried chicken drumsticks has super easy prep, and tastes absolutely sensational! The drumsticks are flavored perfectly with a blend of yellow curry powder, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and more. Your family will love this recipe!

11. Greek Chicken Legs

These Greek chicken legs are packed with flavor and really easy to put together! Using lots of seasonings, including Greek oregano, you’ll crave this meal more with every bite. It just keeps getting better! You’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try. 

12. BBQ Chicken Legs

You don’t need a grill for these BBQ chicken legs. They can be made right in your oven! Not to worry, though, these crispy chicken legs slathered in BBQ sauce will still hold all of that flavor in every bite. Whip this up in under an hour, and you’ll have a dinner for the whole family to enjoy!

13. Lemon Pepper Chicken Legs

I will never stop making these lemon pepper chicken legs. They’re that good! Sweetened with honey and seasoned with lemon pepper, this recipe has no shortage of delicious flavor—and it comes together in only 35 minutes. Simple, satisfactory, and super delicious!

14. Grilled Ranch Chicken Legs

Break out that grill this summer for this grilled ranch chicken leg recipe! These juicy drumsticks are oozing with all that flavor you’ll be craving on those warm summer nights. And the best part? They’re made with only 3 ingredients! What’s better than that?

15. Parmesan Chicken Legs

These grilled garlic parmesan chicken legs have my mouth watering just thinking about them! They taste even better than they sound. Juicy, creamy goodness that bursts with flavor in each bite! You won’t regret giving this recipe a shot. I certainly don’t!

16. Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

For the fruit lovers of the world, this pineapple glazed jerk chicken recipe is for you! The glaze adds the perfect sweet and spicy flavor to the juicy baked chicken for flavor, moisture, and crisp in every bite. You simply can’t go wrong with this recipe!

17. Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

Your family is going to love this easy chicken leg recipe! Teriyaki chicken legs have some of the best flavor you could ask for. The sticky, salty, tangy teriyaki sauce is whipped up in just minutes, and then tossed with crispy, juicy chicken legs. This is a meal you won’t be able to resist!

18. Honey Mustard Chicken Legs

These sweet maple syrup mustard chicken legs are a super easy Crockpot chicken recipe for this fall! It’s made with just 7 simple ingredients that create a phenomenal flavor that melts in your mouth. Serve with cooked brown rice for a meal that you’ll be making again and again. 

19. Buffalo Chicken Legs

In only 30 minutes and with only 4 ingredients, you too can have these delicious buffalo chicken legs. Toss the ingredients together, grill them up, and serve! Add some ranch, bleu cheese, celery, or other additions to make this dish perfect for you!

20. Baked Chicken Legs And Rice

These baked chicken legs are packed with tons of flavor. Using a wide variety of seasonings, this delicious dish creates a heavenly taste with every bite! It’s got brown sugar, paprika, oregano, thyme, and so much more for the ultimate flavor. Serve over rice, garnish with parsley and lemon wedges, and dig in!

21. Orange Chicken Drumsticks

These drumsticks are covered in a sticky sauce with loads of good flavors, and makes for an absolutely delicious meal! Chicken drumsticks are soaked in a flavorful marinade, baked until juicy and crispy, then smothered in a flavorful, perfectly sticky glaze. Serve with sesame seeds and green onions, and enjoy! We know you will!

22. Chicken Legs And Potatoes

Chicken legs and potatoes? That sounds like a combination made in heaven! This easy one-dish chicken legs recipe is as tasty as it is simple. The tender drumsticks are marinated for a perfectly juicy, flavorful bite, then baked with mushrooms, potatoes, and carrots for a healthy, hearty, and delicious meal.

23. Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

Cooking chicken in the air fryer is fast and easy. The hot air circulates around the chicken legs to help achieve a crispy skin. If you like spicy food, this recipe is a must try.

24. Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

This traditional Indian meal is packed with amazing flavor. You can cook this chicken in the oven, grill, or on the stove.

25. Smothered Chicken

Chicken cooked in a creamy gravy is a Southern classic. Try serving over mashed potatoes or rice for an amazing meal the entire family is sure to enjoy.

26. Black Pepper Chicken Drumsticks

A one skillet chicken dinner made with a creamy black pepper sauce. The sauce is made with cream cheese, seasonings, and roasted red peppers. Surprisingly easy meal.

27. Chicken Fricassee

Chicken with white wine sauce is sure to become a household favorite. Made with carrots, mushrooms, and onions, this is a comforting dish that is perfect to make for both family and guests.

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Best Chicken Leg Recipes

By Heather
A collection of some of the best chicken leg recipes. From simple baked chicken drumsticks to slow cooker chicken legs.
Prep: 6 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 chicken legs
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Pat the chicken legs with paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Place the chicken legs into slow cooker. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low for 4 hours. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • For crispy skin, place the chicken legs on a baking sheet and broil for 3-4 minutes.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 793mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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