Sheet pan lemon garlic chicken legs and potatoes

This sheet pan lemon garlic chicken legs and potatoes are easy, healthy, and damn delicious! The aromatic spices, herbs and citrus flavors in the quick lemon garlic chicken marinade come together to give that melt-in-your-mouth flavorful chicken with potatoes and sweet potatoes. A quick and easy sheet pan chicken dinner for busy weeknights.

Lemon garlic chicken legs in a white plate & roasted potatoes & sweet potatoes in a blue bowl.

Healthy roasted lemon garlic chicken recipe

This is yet another hands-free, quick & easy dinner recipe like the easy baked chicken breasts. This sheet pan chicken recipe is my favorite since it checks all the boxes:

  • Full of flavor from herbs and spices.
  • Simple ingredients you always have in your pantry.
  • Uses less oil than frying or searing.
  • Can be made ahead and hence qualifies for meal-prep.
  • Fewer pots & pans to clean-up.
Closeup view of lemon garlic chicken drumsticks.

Ingredients for lemon garlic chicken marinade

  • Lemon and garlic: One of the best flavor combos that work for chicken. You get extra “lemony” flavor from the zest.
  • Spices:
    • chili powder- use according to taste, this recipe is moderately spicy.
    • ground coriander
    • ground cumin
    • paprika- regular one is fine, but I would recommend smoked paprika.
  • Herbs: Dry oregano and thyme for that delicious Mediterranean flavor.
  • Olive oil for its fruity flavor.
Ingredients for sheet pan lemon garlic chicken.

How to make sheet pan lemon garlic chicken drumsticks

(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the recipe card at the end of this page.)

How to marinate the chicken and potatoes

  1. Seasoning the chicken legs: Clean and make a few cuts across each chicken drumstick. Marinate with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Second (lemon garlic) marinade: Add all the ingredients to the chicken and rub the marinade thoroughly, reaching beneath the skin, too. Allow them to marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Take the chicken legs out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Chop the potatoes and sweet potatoes into wedges and add to the chicken legs. Mix until all potatoes are coated with the marinade.

How to roast chicken legs and potatoes

Arrange the chicken legs, potatoes, and sweet potatoes on a sheet pan. (Remember to line it with parchment paper so cleaning becomes much easier.)

Lemon garlic marinated chicken, potatoes and sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.

Bake at 230°C/ 446°F for 30 to 35 minutes. You don’t have to flip the chicken or the potatoes. The potatoes get a little more browned on one side, it’s fine with me. (you can safely consider the pictures below as proof that it turns out fine.) So, unless you’re very particular about roasting the potatoes evenly, you can forget about the potatoes and chicken for the next 30 minutes.

Lemon garlic roasted chicken legs, potatoes and sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.

Sheet pan chicken leg dinner with potatoes

I like to serve this lemon garlic chicken and potatoes with a simple egg and lettuce salad. Make the salad while you wait for the oven to do its job. Now you’ve got an amazing high protein sheet pan dinner! No frying, boiling, or even switching on your stove. Make it a keto dinner by swapping carrot wedges for potatoes.

FAQ

You may have a few questions about how to make tandoori cauliflower in the oven. I’ll try to address them here.

How do you keep chicken from drying out in the oven?

The lemon in the marinade and the fat in the skin help keep the chicken juicy. If you prefer to cook chicken legs without skin, try this recipe for easy baked chicken drumsticks or oven-baked tandoori chicken.

How long does it take to bake chicken drumsticks?

Chicken drumsticks take about 30 to 35 minutes to cook at 230°C/ 446°F. Baking at high temperatures ensure that they are browned on the outside and soft on the inside.

Should you bake chicken covered or uncovered?

Bone-in, skin-on chicken legs can be baked uncovered on the baking sheet, they still turn out moist and juicy. The chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) have less fat in them and are likely to dry out if cooked uncovered. If you’re cooking chicken breasts, use this recipe for easy baked chicken breasts to ensure you get perfectly juicy chicken.

Do you flip chicken legs when baking?

For this recipe, you don’t have to flip the chicken. They get cooked and browned perfectly without flipping midway during cooking. For the drumsticks to cook evenly, you only have to ensure that they are at room temperature when you place them in the oven.

How do I know when chicken drumsticks are cooked?

You’ll know the drumsticks are cooked when they’re no longer pink at the bone. Another way to check is using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the cooked chicken should reach at least 74°C/ 165°F.

Salads/ sides to serve with lemon garlic chicken & potatoes

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Lemon garlic chicken legs in a white plate & roasted potatoes & sweet potatoes in a blue bowl.

Sheet pan lemon garlic chicken legs and potatoes

This recipe for sheet pan lemon garlic chicken legs and potatoes is easy, healthy, and damn delicious! The quick lemon garlic chicken marinade comes together in a few minutes to give melt-in-your-mouth flavorful chicken and potatoes. A perfect weeknight chicken leg sheet pan dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course dinner, LUNCH, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 279 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 pieces chicken drumsticks skin on
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes

For the seasoning

  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the lemon garlic marinade

  • 10-12 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons chilli powder (reduce according to your spice level)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large lemon juice and zest
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions
 

Preparing and seasoning the chicken

  • Clean the chicken drumsticks. Make a few cuts across the flesh of each drumstick.
  • Season the drumsticks with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Allow them to sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, while you prepare the lemon garlic marinade.

Lemon garlic chicken marinade

  • Mince garlic, zest the lemon and extract the juice. Mix all the spices and herbs together.
  • Add the mixed spices and herbs, lemon juice, zest, garlic and 2 tablespoons of oil to the chicken. Toss well, until all the chicken legs are coated with the marinade, ensuring that you reach the parts beneath the skin.
  • Leave the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours up to overnight.
    Remove them from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. This will allow them to reach room temperature.
    Preheat the oven to 230°C/ 446°F. Meanwhile, prepare the potatoes.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes

  • Chop the potatoes and sweet potatoes into thick wedges. Add them to the chicken legs with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and toss thoroughly.

Roasting the chicken and potatoes

  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Arrange the chicken pieces, potatoes and sweet potatoes in a single layer. (note 1)
  • Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and place in the oven. Let it roast for 30 minutes. No flipping is required.
    Check after 30 minutes, if the chicken has browned. If not, allow 5 minutes more.

Video

Notes

  1. You may need 2 sheet pans to fit in all of the drumsticks, potatoes and sweet potatoes. It is better to spread them in a single layer so the edges crisp up. It’s okay if they are placed close together, but don’t let them overcrowd.
  2. Regular paprika may be used in place of smoked paprika.
  3. Some variety of sweet potatoes cook faster than potatoes. In that case, chop the sweet potatoes into larger wedges.
Storing leftovers
Refrigerator: These lemon garlic chicken legs and potatoes keep well for 3 days in the refrigerator or 2 weeks in the freezer. Store them in ziploc bags and reheat in the oven.
Freezer: Allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven.
Meal prep option
Here I’ve added potatoes about 10 minutes prior to cooking since unlike chicken, they don’t need to marinate for long. But there’s no harm in marinating  all of the chicken, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Store them in airtight boxes or ziploc bags in the refrigerator or freezer.
Sheet pan lemon garlic chicken legs and potatoes
Keyword baked lemon garlic chicken recipe, chicken leg sheet pan dinner, healthy lemon garlic chicken, lemon garlic chicken marinade

This recipe has been adapted from the Mediterranean dish.

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