Chicken Leg Recipes

Fish Sauce-Caramel Chicken
Photo: Christopher Testani

This versatile cut of poultry doesn't just belong on the grill; there are plenty of tasty wasy to enjoy chicken legs. From spice-braised chicken legs with red wine and tomato to lemon-onion roast chicken legs, get inspired by these delicious and satisfying chicken recipes.

01 of 09

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Sourdough and Bacon

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Sourdough and Bacon
Con Poulos

Food & Wine culinary editor at large Justin Chapple's roast chicken legs drip meaty, delicious fat onto a smoky, peppery bed of potatoes, red onion and crispy croutons.

02 of 09

Spice-Braised Chicken Legs with Red Wine and Tomato

Spice-Braised Chicken Legs with Red Wine and Tomato. Photo © Tina Rupp
© Tina Rupp

Alexandra Guarnaschelli's mother, Maria, the legendary cookbook editor at W.W. Norton, made a version of this lightly spicy dish when Guarnaschelli was a kid. Alex has adapted the recipe by adding red wine.

03 of 09

Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs

Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs
© Kana Okada

Chilaquiles is a baked Mexican dish that's often made with leftover shredded chicken, tortilla strips and cheese. In her more substantial and refined version, Grace Parisi bakes whole chicken legs with tomatoes, hominy, jalapenos and tortilla chips.

04 of 09

Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale

Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale
© TINA RUPP

For this one-pan dish, Grace Parisi roasts chicken legs on a bed of potatoes and kale so the meaty juices keep the vegetables moist.

05 of 09

Chicken Legs Marinated in Yogurt and Spices

Chicken Legs Marinated in Yogurt and Spices
© Helene Dujardin

This pungent cumin-and-coriander-spiked marinade is reminiscent of restaurant tandoori spicing ⁠— without the scary red dye. The yogurt helps the spices penetrate and tenderize the meat. Also try the marinade with pork medallions and lamb leg or blade steaks.

06 of 09

Breaded Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Breaded Oven Baked Chicken Legs
© Ian Knauer

If you have seasoned bread crumbs instead of panko, you can use them ⁠— just add the cheese.

07 of 09

Wine-Baked Chicken Legs with Marjoram

Wine-Baked Chicken Legs with Marjoram
© Sarah Bolla

The pungent marjoram in the creamy sauce for this crisp-skinned chicken might seem like it would overwhelm the aromas of melon and honeysuckle in a New Zealand Chardonnay. But lightly oaked Chardonnay can stand up to foods with strong flavors like fresh herbs as long as the dish has some richness.

08 of 09

Chicken Legs Coq au Vin

Chicken Legs Coq au Vin
Con Poulos

Coq au vin is typically made with a cut-up chicken; this version uses only drumsticks, so the meat cooks uniformly in the rich red wine sauce.

09 of 09

Fish Sauce– Caramel Chicken

Fish Sauce-Caramel Chicken
Christopher Testani

This addictive take on ga kho gung, Vietnamese caramelized chicken with ginger and fish sauce, is sweetened with shallots, garlic, and palm sugar.

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