Baked lemon parsley chicken legs in a baking dish.

Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs

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Looking for a simple yet tasty dinner option that will make your taste buds dance? Look no further than these Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs! 

Bursting with flavor and incredibly easy to whip up, this dish is the ultimate stress-free dinner solution for any busy night. Imagine tender chicken legs infused with zesty lemon and aromatic parsley, baked to golden perfection. 

It’s the kind of meal that brings the family together around the table without any hassle in the kitchen. So, if you’re craving a dish that’s both delicious and hassle-free, give this baked lemon parsley chicken legs recipe a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!


Baked lemon parsley chicken legs ingredients
  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Lemon Zest 
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil 
  • Garlic
  • Red Onion 
  • Parsley
  • Kosher Salt
  • Roasted Garlic Caribbean Seasoning 
  • Black Pepper 

How To Make Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs

Marinate the chicken: 

  • To make sure the marinade sticks to the chicken thighs, pat the chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels. 
  • Mix the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, red onion, parsley, kosher salt, roasted garlic, Caribbean seasoning, and black pepper in a large bowl until combined. Place the chicken drumsticks into the marinade and toss to coat them in the marinade. 
  • Cover the chicken thighs and let them marinate for 2-3 hours. 
Tossing the chicken legs with the marinade.
Tossing the chicken legs in the marinade.

Baking the chicken drumsticks:

  • Take the chicken drumsticks out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature so they cook evenly. Set your oven to 375°F, then let it preheat. 
  • Arrange the chicken drumsticks in a large baking dish and bake them for 1 hour, checking periodically to ensure they don’t burn. 
  • Serve and enjoy!
Placing the chicken legs in a baking dish.
Baked lemon parsley chicken legs in a baking dish.

Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs Variations

While these lemon parsley chicken legs are delicious, there are many ways you can customize this recipe. 

  • Greek: Add 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary to the marinade instead of the parsley.
  • Cajun: Add 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning instead of parsley to give the chicken a spicy kick. 
  • Chili Lime: Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, the zest of a lime, and the juice of 2 limes instead of lemon juice. 

How To Serve Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs

Serve these juicy chicken legs with your favorite side dishes. I served them white rice. However, you can serve the baked chicken legs with any of these side dishes: 

Storing Leftovers

You can store leftover lemon parsley chicken legs in the fridge or freezer. However, make sure the chicken legs are cooled before placing them in the fridge or freezer. 

To store baked chicken legs in the fridge, place them in an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

To store the chicken legs in the freezer, place them in an airtight container. Freeze the chicken legs for up to 4 months. Let the chicken legs thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating them. 

Should I Cover Drumsticks In The Oven

Covering the baked lemon parsley chicken legs is optional. If you do cover them, the chicken will steam instead of become crispy. To prevent the baked lemon parsley chicken legs from steaming, you can cover the chicken legs with foil for the first 30 minutes of baking time. Remove the foil and bake chicken legs uncovered for 30-40 minutes. If you use this method, you may have to drain some of the cooking liquid so they develop a crispy texture.  

Can You Overcook Drumsticks?

Chicken drumsticks are juicy, but you can overcook them, So keep an eye on them while they are in the oven. 

Can Drumsticks Be A Little Pink?

Color is not a reliable way to test whether chicken drumsticks are done cooking. Fully cooked chicken legs can have a white, tan, or pink color. This is why you should pay attention to the temperature, not the color. Chicken drumsticks are cooked when they have an internal temperature of 165°F.


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Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs

Recipe by Sarah
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Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: Gluten-FreeDifficulty: Easy


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Experience the ultimate weeknight dinner delight with our Baked Lemon Parsley Chicken Legs. It is a simple yet sensational dish that’s bursting with vibrant flavors and guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters. 

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  • 2 lbs. chicken drumsticks

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1/4 medium red onion, minced

  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic Caribbean seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Pat the chicken drumsticks dry using paper towels. Set them aside.
  • Whisk the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, red onion, parsley, kosher salt, roasted garlic, Caribbean seasoning, and black pepper in a large bowl until combined.
  • Add the chicken drumsticks to the marinade. Toss to coat the chicken drumsticks in the marinade. Cover the chicken drumsticks with plastic wrap and let them marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Remove the chicken wings from the fridge. Set your oven to 375°F then let it preheat.
  • Arrange the drumsticks in a baking pan and pour the marinade on top if desired. Bake them for 1 hour until the chicken drumsticks have an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 4
  • Calories: 201kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 3.2g
  • Protein: 10.5g
  • Fat: 16.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 42mg
  • Sodium: 255mg
  • Potassium: 69mg
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Sugar: 1.9g
  • Calcium: 19mg
  • Iron: 1mg

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  • Sarah

    Hello. Welcome to my food blog! I am a recipe developer/content writer and creator. Food is universal. Its more than something you eat. Food is an experience that can be enjoyed alone or with others. It can affect your physical health and your mood. I love food and I believe it affects how we feel which is why I started this blog that provides you with delicious healthy recipes, useful tips and tricks, guides, and informative articles.

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