This easy chicken legs recipe is not only a delicious meal, but it is a low-cost dinner as well! Kids love to eat chicken drumsticks because they are a food you can eat with your hands!
If you love easy dinners, this classic chicken leg dinner was something my mother made a few times a month. It is quick to make and perfect for those busy school nights. If you love chicken as much as we do, you will want to check out ALL of my delicious Gluten Free Chicken Recipes.
Why you will love this easy chicken drumstick recipe:
You are going to love this chicken drumstick recipe because it has simple ingredients and cooks together in just one pan.
That makes clean up a breeze! One thing I remember about this recipe growing up is that you can use any vegetables that you have in your refrigerator. This recipe is gluten free, dairy-free, paleo, and whole30! I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. If you love fresh herbs, here are some tips to use fresh herbs in your cooking.
Another great bonus about gluten free chicken legs is that they cost a lot less than other parts of the chicken, even for organic! If you need to feed a crowd, serving this easy chicken legs dinner is a great way to do it.
(*And a bonus, you can use chicken thighs if you don’t have drumsticks on hand!) If you like bread with your meal, give these Gluten Free Cornmeal Fontina Scones a try!
Other Vegetables That Work In This Recipe:
- Sweet potatoes
- Green beans
- Red peppers
You can saute these chicken legs in your cast iron pan, or you can bake the chicken in your oven. Just put the cast iron pan of chicken and veggies into your oven. Make sure your baked chicken legs have an internal temperature of 165 degrees!
This is one of the easiest drumstick recipes to make.
More Ways to Cook Chicken Legs:
- Here are some great tips on how to bake chicken legs.
- Sautéing chicken legs is a great way to keep them moist and delicious.
- Barbecue chicken legs can be made in the oven or on a grill.
- You can also toss the chicken legs into a slow cooker or a pressure cooker!
More Delicious Chicken Recipes to Try:
Cooking chicken drumsticks is easy:
Saute the chicken in a cast-iron skillet. I like to sauté using olive oil, but avocado oil works really well too.
I had to use my large 12-inch cast iron skillet to fit in all of the chicken legs. (My son loves leftovers so this big pot of chicken legs will last two days at the most!) It gets really heavy so I try not to move it around that much.
Add in the vegetables and continue to cook. After about 10 minutes, I flip the chicken legs and cover it with a lid. Cook until your chicken is at an internal temperature of 165F degrees.
What is the best way to check the internal temperature of chicken?
Use a cooking thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the chicken. I love this digital cooking thermometer, it is handy in the kitchen and when we cook on our grill too!
Things You Need To Make This Gluten Free Chicken Legs Recipe:
- A large cast-iron pan. This pan is perfect on the stove, or in the oven!
- This vegetable chopper makes cutting veggies a breeze!
- 6 drumsticks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- In a large cast iron skillet, add olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute until the onions become clear.
- Add chicken legs and seasonings, and saute 8 minutes on each side.
- Pour in chicken broth and add vegetables.
- Continue to cook in the pan, or move the pan to the oven and bake at 375. (You can cook these either way!)
- The chicken legs are done when their internal temperature is 165 degrees.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 116mg Sodium: 527mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 23g