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Roast Chicken Legs with Lots of Garlic

Roast Chicken Legs with Lots of Garlic

For this roast chicken recipe, if you have the time, season the chicken with salt the night before and chill uncovered so the skin will dry out a bit. Doing this helps the chicken take on a nice golden finish.


  • 4 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick; about 2½ lb. total)
  • 4 heads of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, seeds removed
  • 1 red chile (such as Fresno), quartered lengthwise, seeds removed if desired
  • 3 bay leaves or 5 sprigs thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Country-style bread, toasted (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Place chicken in an 13x9" baking dish and season generously all over with salt. Add garlic, lemon, chile, bay leaves, and a few grinds of pepper. Pour in oil and toss everything to coat. Turn garlic heads cut side down so they are in contact with the baking dish (this will help them brown).

  • Roast chicken, rotating pan once, until meat is almost falling off the bone, 75–90 minutes. Let chicken cool in pan 10 minutes, then serve with bread.

Reviews SectionDelicious! I salted the chicken and air dried it in the fridge overnight so the skin would be crispy. I used 2 meyer lemons and both bay leaves and thyme. Next time I would make mashed potatoes to go with all the beautiful roasted garlic. The skin was crispy and delicious.kdandieOntario, Canada03/21/20AMAZING RECIPE!! I did put the oven slightly higher at 175 celsius for 80 mins, then set it on broil (190-200c) for 5 mins just to crisp up the skin a bit more. This works well for me and my oven. But the flavors here are awesome. Would make the whole thing just for the buttery garlic :)Followed the recipe exactly but my skin never crisped up and my garlic never browned also did'nt enjoy the flavor of the chicken all that muchCan I make this in a slow cooker? And how do I adapt the recipe?This chicken is amazing! Has become a regular dinner at my house because of how easy it is to make while also being delicious.AnonymousAtlanta, GA05/19/19This is my go to chicken leg recipe. We cook it covered for 90 minutes and uncover it for an additional 20 minutes to crisp up- it's fabulous. Thanks Andy :)kenzitomasscahusetts03/01/19Terrific, easy & few ingredients ... what is not to love? Perfect to increase or decrease the recipe depending on the number of diners. Love this dish!AnonymousSouthern California 01/27/19This recipe is really delicious and doesn't require a lot of prep. This makes it a winner! I followed another commenter's advice and cooked uncovered on high heat for the last part of the recipe to get nice crispy skin on the chicken. Served with a side of brussels sprouts. Will definitely make this again.AnonymousBay Area, CA11/20/18This recipe was super easy and delicious! Remember to let the chicken rest outside of the refrigerator (completely unthawed if frozen) until room temperature (about 30-60 minutes). Season well with salt (sea, kosher or pink Himalayan) and use plenty of garlic. I added rosemary alongside the thyme to the dish. I’ll make this again for my family!Thanks Andy!!Richmond, Virginia 10/29/18Delicious. Everyone favorite part was the roasted garlic. Definitely will make again with more garlic heads.Amazing recipe. So simple and delicious this will become a new favorite. The garlic is amazingly mild and yummy as you spread it over grilled toastjacqueline.r.biesiadecki8864NJ10/14/18THANKS, Andy, for this simple recipe! It was a MAJOR hit and it is the best chicken dish I’ve ever made! The whole lemon balanced out everything really well. I used halal chicken, baked it covered for 90 mins, then uncovered for another 20 (dropped it down to 280 degrees). This is now on my Sunday Gameday list!mlv29Northen Virginia10/11/18For such a simple prep, the result was just incredible. My finicky family was quite impressed, with my son proclaiming it one of my top 3 chicken dishes ever. Would not change a thing.lworkman0907Richmond, IN10/11/18Amazing recipe!I made this last night and it absolutely delicious!! Easy and simple to make!LOVE IT!!!!AnonymousMArin County, CA 10/09/18Super easy! I would use less oil next time and maybe half of a lemon instead. I included sage as well and finished it by turning the oven to broil at 400 for 5 min to get the top side to brown. But It is really good and doesn't take a long time to prepare.a sad pandaIndianapolis09/23/18

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