BBQ chicken legs bring back memories of my childhood for sure. They were the star attraction in one of my Granddaddy’s favorite meals. So, you know my Grandmother prepared them fairly often for him. And even more recently, I’ve learned that they are one of my husband’s favorites, too.

I knew grilled chicken legs were my one of my son’s favorites, but I didn’t know they were my husband’s, too.

 

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Although I’m still wondering how I could have been married to my husband nearly 19 years and not have known how much he loved BBQ chicken legs.

How is that possible?

It truly makes me wonder what else I don’t know about his likes and dislikes.

For instance, just last summer after we had a bumper crop of cilantro that I put in just about every dish possible and then some, my husband casually mentioned to me that he doesn’t like cilantro.

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

Here I’d thought he absolutely loved cilantro since he didn’t say a word when I planted five cilantro plants during the spring and then filled his plate with it all summer long.

I guess he loves me more than he hates cilantro.

Anyway, these BBQ chicken legs really couldn’t be simpler to make.

 

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You can either begin with my simple recipe for grilled chicken legs or just toss them into a skillet and bake them in the oven. When they are almost done, I coat them with a generous bit of Mama’s Coca Cola BBQ Sauce and pop them back into the oven to finish baking.

They should also be done when the juices run clear when the chicken has been pierced with a sharp knife.

 

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Here’s my recipe for BBQ Chicken Legs that I hope you love as much as my husband does.

 

BBQ Chicken Legs Recipe

BBQ Chicken Legs are a simple recipe to prepare that your family will love. Grilled or baked, this BBQ Chicken legs recipe is a sure favorite.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken legs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Place chicken legs into a large zip top plastic bag. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, mix together olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, and onion. Pour over chicken and seal zip top bag, taking care to remove as much air as possible.
  • Move chicken around in the zip top bag to ensure all chicken is well coated. Place on a small, rimmed baking sheet or inside of a casserole dish and into the refrigerator to marinate for at least one hour to overnight.
  • To bake chicken, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken onto rimmed baking sheet or a skillet coated with a bit of olive oil. Bake until the internal temperature registers 160 degrees F with an instant read thermometer, about 30-35 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and coat with BBQ sauce. Return to oven until the chicken registers 165 degrees F with an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest about 3 minutes before serving.

Notes

For a quicker recipe, omit marinating time and simply mix together olive oil, spices, garlic and onions and coat chicken before baking. You can also use your favorite bottled BBQ sauce in place of my homemade recipe.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xoxo

Robyn Stone

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60 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Skin on or off? I know skin keeps it juicy but I don’t want to eat it or fit it to block the spices and sauce…

  2. I love this! I used a ready made BBQ sauce, but followed the marinade and cooking directions. It did take longer because I crowded the legs in a deep casserole before laying them out with sauce, but they were so moist that way. Making them again tonight.

  3. Hi, I’m planning on making this tonight. Just wondering, have you made this with the skin off the drumsticks before? I just don’t like it when the skin gets all “rubbery” and that’s where all of the seasoning is.
    Thanks!

    1. This recipe is excellent. The family cleaned up!!! No licking the plates! I wouldnt let them…lol. no doubt that I’ll be saving this recipe. Thanks Robyn!!

  4. Is this recipe for the small chicken legs (“wings”) or can I use this recipe and the cooking temp/time with the large chicken “drumsticks”?

    1. Danielle, I used chicken legs as shown in the photos, not wings, in this recipe. However, you could use the same recipe for wings if you you would like.

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