Chicken legs, baked bone in, whole with only a few herbs and spices rubbed in, are great for dinner on any given day. They are a very inexpensive meat variety, they are very simple and quick to cook, if you follow your recipe instructions, even if you have never cooked them before.

Kids love chicken legs for their delicious flavor and because they can be eaten like finger food, so, it’s a great kid-friendly dish as well. So, as you can see, all in all, chicken legs are almost perfect.

How to bake chicken legs so that they are deliciously tender and juicy on the inside, and well-baked and crispy on the outside? Here are a few useful tips.

Trim your chicken legs of all excess fat. It will melt and there can be quite a lot of it. Rub it with a mix of salt, pepper and herbs before baking. If your chicken legs are very lean, you can also sprinkle them with a tablespoon of oil for more crispiness.

The food safe temperature of chicken meat when it’s done, is 165F. Undercooked chicken meat tastes very bland, it has unpleasant chewy structure, but it also poses salmonella threat, so take care to see it properly cooked. When the meat is done, the juices should run clear and there should be no pink at the bone. It’s still best and easiest to use a kitchen thermometer.

Now, just follow the easy steps below to cook delicious chicken legs!

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