Basil Baked Chicken Legs

Hi! This is Ilona from Ilona’s Passion. For today I prepared basil baked chicken legs topped with butter and garlic. Delicious main dish idea for busy weekday dinners.

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Last time I made totally vegetarian entrée-> Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Portobello and Kale and I hope you had a chance to make this delicious dinner. If not you can still check out this recipe. For today I made chicken legs. I was thinking to make a lemon chicken legs but I’ve decided to go with basil. I like to cook or bake with basil. It gives interesting flavor to the dishes. While I didn’t have a fresh basil I used dried one that I always have in my drawer.

Easy to make Basil Baked Chicken Legs topped with butter I Oh My Creative

To make my baked chicken legs more flavourful I added garlic and the whole house smelled like garlic during baking. But the outcome was great. Garlic and chicken goes well together. Another trick that I do with my chicken is that I add melted butter. The whole chicken tastes much better. Moist, tender and juicy.

This dinner is so easy to make. Just couple few ingredients that you probably have on hand. Melt butter, add basil and garlic powder and smear all over the chicken. It’s that simple.

Baked chicken legs can be served with rice, mashed potatoes or pasta – basically anything. Throw some salad or different veggies too.

Easy to make Basil Baked Chicken Legs topped with butter I OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

Easy to make Basil Baked Chicken Legs topped with butter I Oh My Creative
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Basil Baked Chicken Legs

This baked basil chicken legs recipe topped with butter and garlic is a delicious main dish idea for busy weekday dinners.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chicken Legs, Garlic Basil Chicken
Servings: 3
Calories: 413kcal


  • 3 chicken legs large
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp. basil dried
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place chicken in the baking pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine melted butter with dried basil and garlic powder.
  • Smear the chicken with butter.
  • Bake uncovered for 1.5 hours.


If the chicken starts to brown too quickly, cover lightly with a piece of tin foil. 


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 678IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Easy to make Basil Baked Chicken Legs topped with butter I Oh My Creative

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Hello, I'm Ilona, the party food blogger at Ilona's Passion and designer of printable invitations, cards and party decorations. I spend lots of my time cooking and baking in my kitchen or designing new party printables for my Etsy shop at Ilona's Design. I'm a Mom of two very active boys. I love to travel around the world.

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  1. Chicken is such a staple in our home. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. Would love to try it. Pinning to share 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  2. Hi im gonna make lemon basil chicken tonite thank you. It says lemon but not where to put it? Can u pls let le know tks

    1. Hi, Wendy! This recipe does not have lemon in the recipe but as garnish on top. I’m sure if you want to squeeze a little on just before the chicken is almost done, that would taste good. Hope that helps!

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