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I much prefer white meat to dark, so I don’t buy chicken legs that often. All that changed a few weeks ago when I took Kenya to a birthday party where they were serving all kinds of his favorite foods_ beans, rice, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, even macaroni and cheese, but what did Kenya eat one of after another? That’s right, chicken legs. I took the funniest picture of him chatting at a table full of his friends, waving his drumstick around animatedly and chowing down on the tender meat.

Chicken legs are a great choice for dinner time because they’re inexpensive, easy to prepare and you can buy them in their own natural single serve packages. I’ve made them twice since that birthday party and both times my kids devoured them. Why didn’t I think of making these sooner?


Herb Roasted Chicken Legs

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 1/4 Cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs Chicken Legs


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the chicken legs, coat with the mixture, cover and marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  • Place chicken legs in a greased baking dish, pour the marinade over and roast for 40 minutes.
  • Serve.


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 770mg
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Wow- this was so easy and oh so tasty! I added cumin but otherwise followed above. We all loved it. I will be making this again very soon!! Thanks for a quick & easy recipe that will be added to our rotation!

  2. Hi Catherine: I used this recipe to make bbq chicken legs . . . I just marinated in bbq sauce, but I wanted to know how long to cook them for and what temp. The chicken turned out really chewy . . . like calamari weird chewy. This has happened to me a lot when I cook chicken . . . does this happen to anyone else? Do you have any ideas about what might be going on or tips to get roast chicken right? Maybe it wasn’t cooked enough, but I used a thermometer and baked it until it was 165 degrees. Thanks! 🙂

  3. This was such a huge hit with my boys (4 yrs and 3 yrs) My 3-year old had 4 huge drumsticks!!! Yum! Thank you!

  4. I added orange juice and garlic, cumin, lemon juice, and cilantro. My kids had two a piece and the 4 yr old said it was the best dinner ever!!! I also made the roasted carrots and rice pilaf…they loved it all!

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