Preparing Chicken Legs in the Oven in Variations

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Here I present the recipe for chicken legs in the oven. You can buy the legs in organic quality at the supermarket. The preparation is easy and some variations bring new ideas into your kitchen.

The poultry dish is quick and easy, the oven does almost all the work 🙂

Learn all the steps at a glance in this article and let yourself be tempted to cook your own food. Good luck!

1. Shopping list for chicken legs in the oven

The practical shopping list and first overview can be found in this paragraph.



Next, let’s look at the preparation.

chicken thighs
Chicken thighs in the picture on the right, chicken legs in the picture on the bottom left. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2. Preparing chicken drumsticks to perfection

A few important ideas in advance:

Now let’s take a look at the seasoning variations, it’s sure to be exciting.

Always cook the chicken through, the drumsticks should be juicy, but not dry!

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
Chicken with vegetables
Please cook chicken until juicy, the meat juice is transparent, the meat feels hot in the thick part. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

3. Seasoning variants for chicken legs

In the introduction, I promised you several variations on the preparation. Today, we’ll make it uncomplicated. Here are some ideas for you:

Seasoning “natural”:
Season the drumsticks only with salt and pepper.

Seasoning with herbs:
Season the drumsticks with salt, pepper and dried thyme.

Seasoning with lemon and herbs:
Season the drumsticks with salt, pepper, thyme and lemon zest.

Seasoning BBQ:
Season the drumsticks with salt, pepper, a little brown sugar, some curry and parpika.

Seasoning with garlic:
Finely chop garlic and grate finely with salt, goes well with all the above ideas.

BBQ seasoning and curry can use a little sugar or stevia. Another tip: You can coat the drumsticks with a thin thread of honey towards the end of the cooking time.

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
marinated grilled chicken legs taste delicious.
Chicken legs from the oven are marinated a feast for the eyes and taste delicious.

4. Recipe chicken legs in the oven

Chicken legs in the oven

Guidance from chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2 Persons
Calories 255
Total Time 16 Min.
Preparation Time 16 Min.
Cook Time 45 Min.

Preparing chicken legs in the oven is the subject of this recipe article with a cooking video and lots of tips. As a side dish, I show you a low carb diet version. Good luck!

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Chicken drumsticks oven recipe picture
Preparing chicken drumsticks in the oven Cover picture of the article.


Chicken ingredients

4-6 pc chicken legs (I buy organic chicken)
1 tsp starch
80 ml Water
6 pinches Salt
2-4 pinches Pepper
80 g Sesam Furikake (See Sesam Cooking box)

Side dishes ingredients

3 pc tomatoes (I use organic tomatoes)
1 pc garlic (I like to use young garlic)
3 tbs oliv oil
2 pinches Salt
2 pinches Pepper
1 tbs brown sugar (Or stevia)
1/4 bunch thyme (Or majoram for decoration)


Chicken legs
Prepare the chicken legs

Preheat the oven to 200 ° Celsius. Prepare the roasting tray or baking tray. Wash the chicken thighs under cold running water and pat dry with kitchen paper.

ingredients for chicken drumsticks in the oven
Ingredients for chicken leg in the oven

Prepare the chicken legs, sesame seeds, tomatoes, garlic and cornflour. Alternatively, choose another variation from the article.

Season the chicken drumsticks
Season the chicken drumsticks or coat them with sesame seeds.

Mix cornflour with a little cold water. Dip the drumsticks in the starch water, season gently with salt and pepper, coat in the sesame seeds and place on a baking tray.

Sesame spice mix Furikake
Sesame spice mix in a freezer bag.

Alternatively, you can mix different sesame flavours in a freezer bag.

Detail Bread or season the chicken drumsticks
Season or marinate the chicken drumsticks.

After dipping the drumsticks in starch water, place them in the bag and shake.

Chicken legs ready to cook
Prepared oven-ready chicken legs.

Place the drumsticks on a baking tray.

garlic and tomato roaster
Garlic and tomatoes prepared in the roaster.

Cut the tomato in half horizontally in the middle and place the halves in a roasting pan with the cut side facing up. Halve the garlic in the same way and place it ready. Season both ingredients with salt, pepper, sugar and a little sugar. Place the drumsticks and vegetables in the oven and cook for 40 minutes. Check the degree of cooking of the poultry by cutting it or with a fork.

chicken drumsticks in the oven recipe picture
Chicken legs prepared and served in the oven.

Arrange the vegetables on warm plates. Add the drumsticks and serve decorated with herbs. Enjoy your meal!


Note on thighs or legs: The chicken legs are the upper part of the (whole) thighs. If you only get thighs, you can divide them at the joint. The preparation of the divided thighs is quicker.

The chive sauce in the picture consists of one part sour cream and one part crème fraîche, salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil and chive rolls.

Note on the video: The video shows the simple preparation of the whole thighs. 




5. Calories and nutritional values

6. More ideas

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  • Hi Thomas!

    Ingenious chicken recipe.

    It goes quickly and succeeds 100% in the oven.

    Thank you!


    • Hello Wella,

      Thank you for your beautiful message.

      I like to read it.

      I wish you continued success!

      Greetings Thomas