Chicken/ Hearty Dinners

Roasted Chicken Legs (Tray Bake Dinner!)

November 18, 2019 (Last Updated: January 9, 2022) by Chris Collins

These Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters are marinated in the most delicious marinade and served as a traybake with Sweet Potatoes, Onions and Peppers!

overhead shot of chicken leg tray bake in pan

Roasted Chicken Legs 

I don’t often cook with full chicken leg quarters, and quite frankly I don’t really know why. They’re far juicier and more flavoursome than chicken breast, and far more convenient than cooking with a mix of thighs and drumsticks. In general, they’re also very cheap as well.

Chicken legs also make the perfect dinner! Here I’ve served it as part of a ‘dump n cook’ style tray bake for an easy hearty dinner. Here’s why I think you’ll love it:

  • Flavour – Using a homemade marinade these chicken legs are bursting with flavour.
  • Versatile – An easy way to use up leftover veg to create your own tray bake.
  • Inexpensive – Cheap cut of meat and uses pantry essentials!

Just look at those pan juices 😍

closeup of spooning over juices on chicken leg

Whole Chicken Leg Marinade

Behind every juicy, flavoursome chicken is a marinade. The marinade for these chicken legs is really simple, but really packs a punch in the flavour department. It’s verging on BBQ style – sweet and smoky, yet rich and spicy. 

How long to marinade chicken legs?

Overnight is optimum, with the 2-4hour range working just great. Having said that, if for whatever you don’t have time, even just 30mins will make the world of difference.

How to marinade chicken legs (quick summary)

  1. Add smoked paprika, onion & garlic powder, cayenne pepper, s&p, olive oil, honey and lime juice to a small bowl.
  2. Thoroughly stir to combine.
  3. Pour over chicken legs in a large bowl.
  4. Thoroughly coat, then cover and marinade.

How to marinade chicken legs - 4 step by step photos

Chicken Leg Tray Bake

Alrighty, let’s turn these chicken legs into a full dinner shall we. There’s truly nothing easier than a tray bake is there?! To pair with the chicken I’ve gone for sweet potatoes, red pepper, yellow pepper and red onion. The sweet potatoes work really nicely with the BBQ/spicy flavour of the marinade, as do the peppers and onion. In my humble you don’t need much else, but do feel free to switch up if you fancy!

How to make a Chicken Tray Bake (quick summary)

  1. Remove chicken from marinade.
  2. Mix in veg with leftover marinade
  3. Spread out on a large tray.
  4. Nestle in chicken legs and bake away!

How to make a Chicken Leg tray bake - 4 step by step photos

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I mean, in my humble opinion of course. If you like the look of this tray bake, I know you’ll love my Spanish Chicken Tray Bake. Here’s some other similar recipes to tuck into whilst you’re here!

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Alrighty, let’s get cracking on with this whole chicken leg recipe shall we?!

overhead shot of Roasted chicken legs plated up with veg

How to Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of chicken leg tray bake in pan

Roasted Chicken Legs

These Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters are marinated in the most delicious marinade and served as a traybake with Sweet Potatoes, Onions and Peppers!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: American / British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour
Calories per serving: 582kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • 30cm x 45cm (12” x 18”) Oven Tray (or similar size)
  • Large Bowl & Cling Film (for marinating)
  • Small Bowl (for marinade)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Spatula

Ingredients (check list):

Tray Bake

  • 1lb / 500g Sweet Potatoes, diced into chunks
  • 3 small Red Onions, quartered
  • 1 large Red Pepper, diced
  • 1 large Yellow Pepper, diced
  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Chicken & Marinade

  • 4 Chicken Legs (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice (can sub lemon)
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl combine 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste), 1/2 tsp black pepper, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp lime juice.
  • Combine in a large bowl with 4 chicken legs. Cover and leave to marinate for as long as you have time for (2-4 hours great, overnight best, but even 30mins is better than nothing).
  • Take chicken legs out and add 1lb/500g sweet potato, 2 peppers and 3 small onions to the leftover marinade. Add a drizzle of oil and pinch of salt and pepper and thoroughly mix.
  • Poor out onto an oven tray and nestle in the chicken legs. Pop in the oven at 210C/410F for 50-60mins, or until the veg and chicken is nicely charred and completely cooked through. Check after 30mins and if it's all charring too quickly, just take it out, flip the veg, baste the chicken and pop in at a slightly lower temp.
  • The internal temp of the chicken should be 75C/165F with the juices running clear.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Chicken Legs - 4 chicken leg quarters is about 2lb/1kg, so you can use a mix of chicken thighs/drums if you want, just use about 2lb/1kg worth. Cook at the same temp, just be vigilant with timings as individual thighs/drumsticks tend to differ in weight/size. I don't recommend using breasts as they'll dry out at that temp for that long.
b) Sweet Potatoes - No need to peel, just make sure you give them a good scrub to remove dirt. If you don't like/don't have sweet potatoes feel free to sub regular potato.
c) Calories - Based on sharing between 4 people, with 1 tsp 'drizzle' of oil on veg, then assuming all the oil in the recipe is consumed (slight over estimate):

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Chicken Legs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 208
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.1g36%
Saturated Fat 4.467g22%
Trans Fat 0.045g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.98g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.076g
Cholesterol 241mg80%
Sodium 850mg35%
Potassium 1450mg41%
Carbohydrates 37.66g13%
Fiber 5.7g23%
Sugar 9.49g11%
Protein 55.17g110%
Vitamin A 2400IU48%
Vitamin C 165.4mg200%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4.07mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Miracle Curvy
    August 8, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    5 stars
    This was a hit with the hubby! Will definitely be making it again.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 10, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Great to hear! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle Mattorano
    March 8, 2021 at 2:36 am

    5 stars
    So very good. My husband never asks about my pins on pinterest BUT today he asked me if I saved this recipe: roasted chicken legs tray bake dinner. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 8, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      That’s awesome to hear, Michelle! So glad you both enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for popping back for a review 🙂 Chris.

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    Janet
    March 2, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I just made an improvised version of this last night for myself! Improvised because I had already put 2 leg quarters in the oven at 325F, painted with avocado oil, seasoned with garlic powder, lemon salt I snared from the Amalfi coast and a special blended Seasoning Salt I got for Christmas….I planned on baking them then brushing with a bottled smokey organic bbq sauce near the end. But I wanted to see if I could find a different bbq or sauce/glaze recipe. Your link was shared from a cooking group I am in, which has been my go-to during the crazy Covid pandemic! For 2 legs I pretty much used the same amounts – because I love all things saucy – but worked with what I had: Olive oil, maple syrup, lime juice, regular paprika, garlic powder, black pepper. The legs were also in the oven for about 45 mins when I found this, so quickly pulled everything together and brushed the legs with half the sauce and increased the temp to 400. I cooked them for another 20 mins, basting the other side half way. Let me tell you, this sauce is THE BOMB! The meat was nice and tender and cooked perfectly, nothing dried out! I served this with organic couscous simmered with sliced leeks and parsley. It took everything I had not to eat the 2nd leg, but common sense took over and now I can have it tonight! Thanks for such a great recipe. Next time, I will bake this on a larger sheet with the added veggies. I do baked veggies all the time – so yummy! Cheers from Toronto, CANADA!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 4, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      So happy this recipe worked out well for you! Thank you from Edinburgh, UK 🙂

    • Reply
      Marc
      August 7, 2021 at 1:13 pm

      I made this last night with boneless skinless chicken thighs…really good! This is going to go on my “make again” list” for sure!

      • Reply
        Chris Collins
        August 8, 2021 at 3:40 pm

        Marc, this is awesome to hear! C.

  • Reply
    Dee
    January 25, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for my family. They enjoyed it very much and I will be making it again soon.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 25, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Awesome to hear, Dee! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

  • Reply
    Laurie
    June 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    5 stars
    Love, love this!! Full disclosure…I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs (what I had) and substituted two of red onions with shallots…again, improvising and a little extra cayenne. Cook time was only 30 min and everything turned out perfectly. From across the pond, in sunny, hot, humid Florida, this recipe will be shared and used again and again! Thank you, Chris.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 27, 2020 at 10:35 am

      That’s awesome to hear, Laurie! Thanks for popping back for a review. Hello from a grey, drizzly and cloudy Edinburgh!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    June 17, 2020 at 1:14 am

    I made it tonight. It was delicious! A perfect combination of flavors!! I will make it again. Thanks for posting.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 17, 2020 at 10:53 am

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad it went down well 🙂

  • Reply
    Crystal
    May 11, 2020 at 1:36 am

    5 stars
    Made this today, I added whole bella mushrooms Kept a check on it and mine was done in 40 minutes. Looks & taste amazing! I wish I could add a photo.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 11, 2020 at 10:39 am

      Ooo yum! Bet the bella mushrooms were great in this, will have to give it a go 🙂 Thanks for popping back and leaving a review! Chris.

  • Reply
    Anjali
    November 18, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    5 stars
    These look amazing!! I love all the spices you added, and the sweet potatoes and peppers probably pair so nicely with the chicken!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Anjali!!

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    November 18, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    5 stars
    This marinade sounds wonderful. I really like that you marinade overnight and that you throw the veggies in it too before cooking. This is yummy.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Andrea 🙂

  • Reply
    Tammy
    November 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    5 stars
    Ooh these look fantastic! I love the spice from the cayenne…such a delicious meal for the week!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 19, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Sure is Tammy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Erika
    November 18, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    5 stars
    The skin on these chicken legs look perfect. What a great family meal!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 19, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Erika! 🙂

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