Crispy Baked Chicken Leg

Baked Crispy Chicken Leg

I love eating chicken cooked in all kinds of way since I was small, especially fried chicken.

I grew up in my grandparents house. Back at 90s, household income was pretty low, plus my grandparents do not like cooking so much, so we used to have very simple food everyday. While I was in junior school, my grandpa went to the market every Wednesday and buy me a huge fried chicken leg with thigh. Then I’ll just devour the whole thing in a few seconds. The fried chicken day was used to be my holiday every week. After several years, KFC come to Beijing and I start to have American fried chicken. Loved it!

Nowadays, I eat fried chicken less for healthy sake, but I sill enjoy baked or fried chicken dishes. But I seldom cook fried chicken at home, because it requires too much oil. This baked chicken leg is my alternative way of having fried chicken. It was baked with tiny portion of oil, but the chicken is juicy and skin is very crispy.

Baked Crispy Chicken Leg

Baked Crispy Chicken Leg


Crispy Baked Chicken Leg

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Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 -4
Author: Omnivore's Cookbook


  • 2 Chicken legs with thigh
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger or 1 teaspoon powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoons chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes option
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 wedges lemon option


  • Rub chicken with ginger, 2 teaspoons salt and lemon juice. Marinate for 1 hour to overnight.
  • Mix flour, chili pepper, paprika, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt in plastic bag.
  • Beat egg in a plate.
  • Mix bread crumbs, onion flakes and the rest of salt in a plastic bag.
  • Dry chicken legs with paper towel and put in bag of flour mixture, shake the bag to coat chicken legs well. Dip chicken leg in egg liquid, then put in bread crumbs mixture. Shake the bag until bread crumbs coat chicken legs evenly. Add more bread crumbs if necessary. Place the bag in fridge to let bread crumbs settle.
  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Line oven trey with aluminum foil and place on the bottom level in oven. Brush grill rack with vegetable oil. Place chicken legs on cooling rack and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until surface turns golden and juice runs clear.
  • Serve while hot with lemon wedges.



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2 thoughts on “Crispy Baked Chicken Leg

  1. Winky

    I want to cook this for my parents-in-law next time I visit them. It is easy to cook and looks yummy. The most important is that it requests less oil than fried chicken. A really good offer and nice dish for me to present. Thanks.

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Winky, thanks for commenting on my blog and I’m glad you like this dish. 🙂
      Yes, it’s a healthier version of fried chicken and the taste is still great. Hope you have fun cooking and let me know how it goes!