These oven baked Paprika Chicken Legs have crispy skin and are grain-free, gluten-free, and Paleo. A great kid-friendly, weeknight dish that’s easy, and delicious!
I found this fantastic this paprika rub at workitmom.com, and I have been using an adapted version for years.
I make a big batch of the rub and keep it in a plastic container in my pantry. It is great on beef, pork and chicken. It is quite salty, so go easy at first.
I often use this rub on chicken thighs and legs (with bones and skin). My kids love it and when I make it they cheer, “Yay! Paprika chicken!!” It is also a big hit at BBQs. The skin gets so crispy that people often ask if it is fried.
For this recipe, I had 11 chicken legs. I used about four teaspoons of the rub, which I sprinkled evenly all over the chicken, (fronts and backs).
Spread the seasoned chicken evenly on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet, and brush the chicken with melted butter, (fronts and backs). You can use olive oil or lard if you’re dairy free.
I like using a silicone brush for raw meat because they are so easy to clean; just pop them in the dishwasher.
Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes. (I like my dark meat well done.)
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- 11 chicken legs, with bones and skin
- 1&1/2 Tbs melted grass-fed butter (or olive oil/lard for dairy free)
- 4 tsp paprika chicken rub
- Paprika Rub:
- 4 Tbs salt
- 4 Tbs sweet paprika
- 1 Tbs onion powder
- 1 Tbs dried thyme
- 1 Tbs dried cracked rosemary
- 2 Tbs black pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbs garlic powder
- I recommend using organic ingredients when possible.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine spice ingredients and store in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Obviously, if you just want to make a small amount the first time, you could scale back the proportions.
- Rinse and pat the chicken dry.
- Sprinkle four teaspoons of the rub evenly over all sides of the chicken.
- Spread the seasoned chicken evenly on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet.
- Brush the chicken with melted butter using a silicone brush.
- Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes, until the skin, is crispy and juices from the pierced flesh are clear (not pink).