Stupid-Easy Recipe for Asian Baked Chicken Legs (#1 Top-Rated)


A sweet soy, garlic, and sesame marinade imparts big flavor in these easy-to-make chicken legs. For more flavorful wings, plan for up to 12 hours of marinating time.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Asian Baked Chicken Legs.

1. Info for Asian Baked Chicken Legs

  • Cook Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
  • Total Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 611 kcal

2. Ingredients for Asian Baked Chicken Legs

  • 2/3 cup tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 6 Tbsp. light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 2 1/2 lb. chicken drumsticks (patted dry)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • Chopped scallions (for garnish)

3. Directions:

3.1 Prep

Place the tamari, brown sugar, honey, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Seal the bag and shake vigorously to combine.

Add the smashed garlic, chopped ginger, and chicken legs to the bag. Seal bag and gently shake to thoroughly coat chicken in marinade.

Transfer the chicken legs to refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

3.2 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

3.3 Prep

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.

Using tongs, arrange the chicken legs on the baking sheet, allowing excess marinade to drip off into the bag.

3.4 Oven

Roast the chicken legs on middle rack of oven until slightly brown, 20-30 minutes.

Set oven to broil. Broil the chicken until skin is caramelized and chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F, 3-5 minutes. Keep a close eye on chicken to ensure it does not burn.

3.5 Check

Check to see that chicken is done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.6 Serve

Transfer chicken legs to a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions, if desired. Serve immediately.


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