Easy Baked Chicken Legs With Paprika Rub Recipe

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Gabriel Published: April 1, 2020 Modified: October 22, 2020

My kids prefer dark meat to the chicken breasts.  I used to think that it was because the dark meat was more moist, but to be honest I now think that it is because they can pick up the legs in their hands and not have to bother with those pesky utensils.

I like to buy chicken legs because they are insanely inexpensive. Also, if you have any children who are picky and like bland food, once the skin is removed after cooking the spiciness disappears. (I am going to admit to you all right now that I had to look up how to spell spiciness. That just doesn’t look right. But then again, neither did any other way I tried to spell it.)

How To Make Easy Baked Chicken Legs With Paprika Rub

These juicy baked chicken legs are coated with delicious spices, making this such a flavorful dish! The garlic powder and onion powder adds a fragrant aroma as the cayenne pepper, black pepper, and paprika packs a hefty spicy punch. Our baked chicken legs recipe is the perfect blend of spices for your next meal!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 55 mins
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  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb chicken leg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Grab the chicken legs and place them into a large bowl.

  3. Rub vegetable oil all over the chicken legs, evenly coating all the pieces.

  4. In a bowl, combine the salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well.

  5. Rub the spices onto the chicken legs and place on a baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 45 minutes until easily pierced with a fork and juices run clear.

  7. Serve warm with a side of roasted potatoes and carrots. Enjoy a filling meal with this Easy Baked Chicken Legs With Paprika Rub!

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