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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs

This Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs recipe is a lifesaver for the days of the week when you are busy, and dinner has to be made fast.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs baked on tray

Roasted chicken with lemon and garlic

This simple recipe of chicken will save dinner during the week. You only need about an hour to make it, and meanwhile, you can prepare a salad or some vegetables to go with it. 

It’s made in the oven with literally one plastic bag to mix the ingredients and a roasting pan. I love lazy recipes like this one!

I have made this recipe for years. It was always my fast way of putting dinner on the table during the week. It is easy to make, delicious, and you are ready to serve an excellent meal with just a few ingredients.  

Chicken legs are the cheapest part of the chicken, making this recipe economical and budget-friendly.

More than anything, everybody loves chicken drumsticks, so it is a win-win scenario.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe:


I used drumsticks but I also used thighs. For me, these are the most delicious parts of the chicken. If you have only chicken breast, use that. The skin and the bone in are very important for flavor.


We are going to use the zest and also the juice.

Salt, pepper, paprika, oregano

This is a pretty classic combination of spices, but feel free to replace them with what you want. For example, instead of oregano, you can do thyme. Instead of paprika, you can do smoked paprika or something spicy. Here is when your favorite spices make this recipe your own.


I used garlic powder because it was easier, but you can definitely use fresh garlic. Crush it and mix it with the rest of ingredients.


Use olive oil, sun flower oil, vegetable oil. the idea is to use an oil that is not very strong in flavor. The oils I use are pretty neutral.

ingredients for the lemon garlic roasted chicken- collage

How to make lemon garlic roasted chicken:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Combine the spices.

Make a combination of oregano, salt, pepper, ground pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. If you prefer other spices, go ahead and use them.

I like these ones. They are delicious when combined with lemon. Place all dried ingredients into a big sealable bag.

 spices in a ziploc bag and lemons

3. Add the rest of the ingredients.

Add oil and lemon juice, mix well. Place the chicken inside the bag, close, and massage the meat so it gets coated with the ingredients.

chicken in the ziploc bag- part of the recipe

4. Prepare the pan and the chicken for baking.

Grab a baking tray. Place the chicken pieces plus the juices with the spices in the pan.

Ready to bake Lemon Garlic Chicken Legs on baking tray

Bake the chicken for about an hour or until the chicken reaches 180F inside. Baste the chicken once in a while with the juices from the pan.

And this is how the chicken looks like, right out of the oven and ready for dinner:

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Glorious, if you ask me!

Serve with mashed potatoes, French fries, or roasted vegetables. Goes well with any salad too. Versatile and super delicious!

This recipe doesn’t have a reputation for being fancy. It is just a good old-fashioned, easy-to-make recipe that uses everyday ingredients from your pantry.

It is also a good-looking, mouthwatering recipe that will make your life easier and your family happy. 

The recipe goes perfect with the following items that can be made while you are waiting for the chicken to bake:

 Roasted potatoes

 Roasted carrots

 Mexican Chipotle mushrooms

 Green peas with mint

Easy Creamy Spinach


Best Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber and Pepper Salad

Boston Lettuce And Endives Salad

How to store the leftovers:

Wait until the chicken cools down and then store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

If you want to freeze the baked chicken:

Place it in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 4 months (according to the When you are ready to serve it, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheated in the oven for a few minutes.

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Yield: 3 servings

Roasted Lemon Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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This roasted lemon chicken drumsticks recipe is a life saver for the days of the week when you are busy and dinner has to be made fast.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • The juice from 2 lemons
  • 3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients inside of a big Ziploc bag.
  3. Add the lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Mix everything inside the bag.
  5. Add the chicken drumsticks.
  6. Close the bag tight and massage the chicken so it gets coated well with the mixture.
  7. Grab a baking tray and dump the content of your bag in it together with the juices.
  8. Put it in the oven and bake at 375F for about an hour or until it reaches 165F inside.
  9. Baste the chicken once in a while with the juices from the pan.
  10. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 568Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 936mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 45g

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