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Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs

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Crunchy Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs are moist and flavorful. Pack them in your summertime picnic basket and everyone will be happy!

Oval platter full of crunchy Italian baked chicken legs.
Crispy, crunchy, and full of Italian flavors!
 

This is my updated riff on the old favorite of Shake ‘n Bake chicken from when I was growing up.

This recipe for Baked Italian Chicken Legs actually has nothing at all to do with the flavors of  Shake ‘n Bake (which was far too salty for my taste). It’s only the preparation method that is the same.

The ingredients are put into a bag, the chicken is added, and then it’s time to shake…and bake. What could be easier?

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs is available near the end of this post. 

Vertical image of crunchy chicken legs on a cream color platter with text.

The ingredient list;

I’ll be honest with you, sometimes trying to take mouthwatering “beauty shots” of the food I make for the blog is harder for me than the making of the food itself. Some foods just don’t want to cooperate with the camera, and these Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs are one of those non-cooperative foods.

Having said that, I realize that what’s more important than how pretty the pictures are is how the food actually tastes, and how easy the recipe is to follow.

These Breaded Italian Chicken Legs are so moist and tasty, and the recipe is so easy to follow. The fact that the pictures aren’t exactly mouthwatering isn’t bothering me all that much. Well, maybe just a tiny bit…but I’ll get over it because this chicken is just so darned finger licking’ good!

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What is the proper internal temperature for cooked chicken legs?

The proper way to check the internal temperature of cooked chicken legs is with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meaty leg, but without touching the bone.

The temperature should read 165-degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.

If the chicken doesn’t read 165-degrees Fahrenheit (or 75-degrees Celsius), return the chicken to the oven until it reaches the proper temperature.

Is there a way to check the doneness of a chicken leg without a meat thermometer?

While a meat thermometer is always the best bet, another way of checking if the chicken is completely cooked is to pierce a chicken leg (to the bone) with a paring knife or skewer, and if the juices run clear without any pink colorations, the chicken is done.

However, IF the juices still show signs of pink return the legs back to the oven until it is completely cooked and can pass the “clear juices” test.

 

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The easy instructions for making baked Italian chicken legs;

  • Add all of the ingredients (except for the chicken legs and olive oil spray) into a large zip-top bag.
  • Shake well to combine.

  • Gently rinse the chicken legs under slowly running water (to avoid splashing) and add them to the zip-top bag with the dry ingredients.
  • Close the bag and shake the legs gently to coat all sides.
 
 
  • Remove the coated legs to a baking sheet lined with a rack (for better heat circulation and to crisp the legs on all sides).
 
 
  • Lightly spray each coated leg with a touch of olive oil spray.

  • Bake the legs in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  • Remove the legs from the oven and cool completely and refrigerate, OR serve the legs hot or at room temperature. *Caution – Do NOT allow the legs to sit for more than 1½ – 2 hours at room temperature. If it’s extremely hot outside, make sure the chicken won’t sit out for longer than 45 minutes before being consumed.
Eight crispy chicken legs on a baking rack.
Bake until they’re golden in color and reach an internal temperature of 165-degrees Fahrenheit.
 

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Platter of crispy oven baked chicken legs on a textured place mat.

 

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

5 from 6 votes
Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs are crispy and moist. They're the perfect picnic food because they can be served hot or cold and everyone loves them!
Course: baked chicken, Easy Main Course
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keyword: baked Italian Chicken legs
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 78 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • teaspoons coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 12 each chicken legs skin on
  • olive oil spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

  2. Place the first 7 ingredients into a gallon sized zip-top bag and shake well to combine.

  3. Rinse the chicken legs under slowly running water (to avoid splashing) and add them (3 or 4 legs at a time) to the bag with the breadcrumb mixture. Shake well to coat the chicken legs on all sides.

  4. Remove the coated legs from the bag and place the chicken legs on to baking sheet fitted with a rack.

  5. Continue the same process with the remaining legs and breadcrumb mixture.

  6. Spray each leg with a light coating of olive oil spray.

  7. Place the chicken legs into the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the juices run clear. *Note - you can test this by piercing a leg with a knife or skewer into the thickest part of the leg.

Recipe Notes

Once cooked through you can serve the legs hot or allow them to cool slightly and serve them warm. If you're planning on serving them cold, cool them completely before wrapping them well and refrigerating until ready to eat.

Never allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for more than 1½ - 2 hours.

If serving the chicken on a very hot day, don't allow the chicken to sit for more than 45 - 60 minutes before consuming, and then refrigerate any leftovers immediately.

Wrapped well, this chicken will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Breaded Baked Italian Chicken Legs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 552mg 23%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Baked Italian Chicken Legs as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

 

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Good food, good wine, and an awfully cute hand painted wine glass to make you smile. What more do you need for a fun picnic? I’ve got your back 😉
 
 
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23 Comments

  1. you had me at Italian!!

  2. Great idea to add the Italian flare in ths recipe. Love your glass too!

  3. You're so right – some foods are way easier to photograph than others! But these look pretty darned good to me! Love the Italian flavors in the coating.

  4. Oh I love this recipe! My kids always fight over the legs 🙂 Love the glass too!

  5. My mum used to make shake 'n bake when I was a kid, but I know this homemade recipe would blow the packaged stuff out of the water!

  6. The taste is what matters and I think your pics are great!

  7. This is the chicken I grew up with, so tasty and love the spices. And I'm with you on the photography…brown food is the worst to photograph!

  8. That's my favorite dish, it's great if I can eat them right now.

  9. Good cook, i like chicken.


  10. So flavorful! Sometimes it’s hard to get the crunch from baking, but these came out perfect!


  11. What a great recipe, thank you!


  12. The crispy coating on this chicken is where it’s at! Love it!

  13. Jennifer Farley


    Moist and flavorful for sure! Thank you for this recipe!

  14. Cathy Kalte

    Can yogurt be used instead of mayonnaise?

  15. Jane Saunders


    I remember something similar from way back – always tasty. It’s fab to have a modern make from scratch version – thanks for the recipe.


  16. These taste just like the shake and bake chicken legs my mom used to make! Thanks for the recipe.

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