How to Bake Frozen Chicken Legs

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How to Bake Frozen Chicken Legs
Chicken legs make a fun and healthy dinner. (Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Chicken legs are often on sale, which means you can stock up on them for the future. Keeping them in your freezer makes sense as you can pull them out and cook them for a healthy dinner. Cooking them right from the freezer saves time and hassle. Count on a cooking time that's 40 to 50 per cent longer for frozen chicken legs than defrosted ones. One chicken leg serves two children or one adult. Vary the flavours by pouring on heated cream soups or tomato sauces during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Roasting pan
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large shallots
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1/2 cup of parsley
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Instant-read meat thermometer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 191 degrees Celsius. Adjust the racks so one rack is in the middle of the oven.

  2. 2

    Place the frozen chicken legs in a single layer in a roasting pan. They should not be touching so air can circulate all around them. If necessary use two roasting pans rather than crowding the chicken. Put the roasting pan in the oven.

  3. 3

    Set a timer for 30 minutes and bake the chicken.

  4. 4

    Chop the garlic, shallots, spring onions, parsley and lemon juice. Place in a small bowl.

  5. 5

    Remove the chicken from the oven when the timer goes off and season both sides of the chicken legs with the herb mixture. Salt and pepper lightly. Reserve 1 tbsp of the herb mixture. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 35 minutes.

  6. 6

    Insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. It should read 82.2 degrees Celsius. If it doesn't, return to the oven until it does reach 82.2 degrees Celsius. Remove the chicken and cover loosely with foil.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make a quick gravy with the pan juices: blend the reserved herbs with the juices and add enough chicken broth to make 1 cup. Whisk in 1 tbsp of flour. Put the juice mixture into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium and let bubble for two minutes while stirring. Add 1 tbsp of butter for added richness. Serve on the side or drizzle the chicken legs with the sauce.
  • Baked frozen chicken will not develop the crusty brown chicken skin.
  • Underdone chicken carries a small but real risk of salmonella. Frozen chicken may look done on the outside and still be raw close to the bone.

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