Crispy Chicken Legs With “Baked Potato” Seasoning

I don’t eat potatoes. It may seem like a travesty to some, but they always seem to mess with my stomach. I eat a lot of protein, though, and one day after my husband flavored chips with his own homemade baked potato seasoning, I immediately demanded the recipe so that I could throw it on the chicken legs I was planning on cooking the next day.

Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Feel free to leave out the cheese if you are lactose intolerant. I’ve tried it and I can promise that it’s just as good without it! But then again, is there anything better than a nice and juicy chicken leg?

Ingredients

-1 lb chicken legs (about 4-5 drumsticks)
-Olive oil (for drizzling)
-1 tbsp grated parm
-4 tsp salt
-2 tsp pepper (black or white)
-2 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp thyme
-3 tsp paprika
-2 tsp nutritional yeast (3 for cheesier!)

Steps

  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees or oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Grease lightly.
  2. Take room-temperature chicken and pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  3. Depending how much seasoning you want to use, either toss the chicken and spices together in a bowl or zipped plastic bag. You can also sprinkle on the seasoning, or rub it into the chicken by hand, if you prefer.
  4. Place chicken down on greased tray and drizzle lightly with olive oil. I use chili-infused olive oil, but feel free to use any oil you want! This is the key to making it nice and crispy!
  5. If using an air fryer, cook it for 8-10 minutes. Then flip, drizzle the other side with oil, and continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes. If using a standard oven, cook it for 15-20 minutes, flip, drizzle with oil, and continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes. The juices should run clear when you cut into it. If you have a meat thermometer, it should read 165 degrees.
  6. When done, remove and let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes to ensure juicy chicken!

Serve with your favorite hot sauce and enjoy! (Photo below shows 1 lb chicken legs without any cheese!)

Nutrition Facts:

Servings: 1 lb chicken
(The above plate, no cheese. I subtracted out the weight of the bones since I didn’t eat those!)

Calories: 720
Fat: 40g
Protein: 84g
Carbs: 0.5 (from the spices)

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