Baked Chicken Is Best Enjoyed Caramelized, Don’t You Agree?

I love a good chicken breast. I really like the white meat and how there are so many different ways and forms to prepare it. Usually chicken breasts are really easy to prepare and in various forms, but it is hard to get it juicy. I have tried so many different things, but as much as they work, nothing works quite as well as a good ol’ fashioned chicken leg or wing to give you some juicy meat.

There is just something about dark meat that is juicier and more flavorful. Although unappealing to some, I think if properly prepared, it is quite enjoyable. I have searched high and low for a wonderful baked chicken leg recipe.

You know, something that does not give you just bland chicken or something that looks visually unappealing. I wanted something flavorful, rich and with lots of beautiful color. Well, I found that recipe in this one and you will not believe how simple it is.

It is quite easy to get delicious flavor because meat on the bone is naturally delicious and juicy, and the caramelization ensures a pretty visual aspect as well as flavor. So so good, flavorful and delicious!

Photo and recipe courtesy of Bless This Mess.

If you are looking for a great baked chicken recipe, look no further. I have found just the one you want and will ever need. It is juicy, flavorful, has loads of delicious texture and caramelization to it, and best part… it is EASY! This is such a simple recipe for you to enjoy at home any night of the week. Although it looks special, it is really nothing special to make.

You are going to love how easy this is and how you can put this delicious dish together in no time! Check out what our friends over at Bless This Mess had to say about this:

“Delicious caramelized baked chicken legs are the best way to make make baked chicken legs in the oven, and requires only whole food ingredients!”

I mean, can it get any easier or more delicious sounding? This is so good!


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken legs
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Heinz ketchup
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the chicken legs out and give them a good sprinkling of salt and pepper on both sides. Put them in a foil-lined baking dish with high sides (the foil is to make clean up easier and is not essential). A high sided sheet pan is the best option because the sides keep everything in but it is big enough that the chicken isn’t drowning in the sauce. It will caramelize best if half of the chicken is poking out of the sauce while cooking.

In a glass measuring cup measure out the honey, soy sauce, and ketchup. Add the minced garlic and stir. If the mixture doesn’t combine well microwave it on high for thirty seconds and stir again. Pour the honey mixture over the chicken legs.

Put the chicken legs in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Take the chicken out of the oven and rotate it so that the bottom that was in the sauce is now on the top out of the sauce. Put the legs back in the oven. Raise the heat to 425 degrees and bake until the sauce is bubbly and starts to caramelize on the chicken legs. This should take about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes: Don’t forget the napkins because this is a finger lickin’ kind of meal.