Juicy, flavorful chicken meat with a crispy skin. Tastes wonderful and is super simple to make.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place chicken legs in a deep, large baking dish. Massage 1 tablespoon olive oil onto each chicken leg. Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken. Arrange lemons around the chicken.

  • Mix oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; sprinkle evenly over each chicken leg, flipping the chicken to season both sides.

  • Cook chicken in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

516 calories; 34.6 g total fat; 140 mg cholesterol; 2464 mg sodium. 16.8 g carbohydrates; 41.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (87)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
Juicy and Flavorful are the first 2 words I can use to describe this dish! You may think from looking at the ingredients like I did that 1 lemon per chicken is too much but please do yourself a favor and just try the recipe all the way through you just can't be disappointed. Only thing is i used sea salt because chicken can be bland and a little of cayenne pepper for some added spiciness! And every 30 minutes I opened the oven and based the chicken with the juices that was at the bottom of my glass dish to keep the chicken moist and flavorful. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2019
Guess we were the exception - dish was a bit to lemony for our taste and had too many herbs. Chicken was moist but overpowered by flavors. If I made again I would cut lemons back to one and cut spices in half. Might also cook on rack. Read More
116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 78
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
Juicy and Flavorful are the first 2 words I can use to describe this dish! You may think from looking at the ingredients like I did that 1 lemon per chicken is too much but please do yourself a favor and just try the recipe all the way through you just can't be disappointed. Only thing is i used sea salt because chicken can be bland and a little of cayenne pepper for some added spiciness! And every 30 minutes I opened the oven and based the chicken with the juices that was at the bottom of my glass dish to keep the chicken moist and flavorful. Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2014
Very nice and simple recipe. The skin was crispy and the lemon complimented the seasoning well. The recipe doesn't say but I baked skin side up uncovered. Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
Juicy and Flavorful are the first 2 words I can use to describe this dish! You may think from looking at the ingredients like I did that 1 lemon per chicken is too much but please do yourself a favor and just try the recipe all the way through you just can't be disappointed. Only thing is i used sea salt because chicken can be bland and a little of cayenne pepper for some added spiciness! And every 30 minutes I opened the oven and based the chicken with the juices that was at the bottom of my glass dish to keep the chicken moist and flavorful. Read More
(30)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2014
I have been making this for years. This is a family favorite. I also add potatoes cut into wedges with the chicken to cook. Make a nice salad to complete the meal. You can't go wrong with this recipe. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
I have made a similar dish for years but thought I'd try this one. I used a total of 15 drumsticks and approximately 10 thighs (I have a big eating family and we LOVE leftovers)! I just rubbed a little olive oil over each piece of chicken then seasoned with kosher salt and some black pepper. Mixed approx.. 1/3 cup each of basil and oregano a bit of garlic powder since I added approx.. 10 cloves of fresh garlic over chicken before baking. Added just a bit of salt and pepper to the spice mix and a bit of adobe over chicken pieces. Cut approx.. 5 lemons in quarters squeezed over chicken in my roasting pan which was coated with a pad of melted butter and threw the remainder of the lemons in the pan. Placed roasting pan in oven at 350 degrees for approx.. 1 hr. And then added about 8 potatoes cut in wedges which were dredged in remainder of spice mix and lemon. Since I had so much chicken and potatoes I baked for approximately 1 more hour basting occasionally and re-positioning chicken/potatoes so everything got browned and crispy. Served with steamed brussel sprouts and my entire family from 10-55 years LOVED IT! Most of them had 3 helpings! Thanks so much for the recipe it was FABULOUS! Next time I will add some Portobello mushrooms. Bon Appétit Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2014
I have never left a rating for any recipe before but after making this recipe every week for a couple months I felt I should share my experience. You see I have six children ages 6-16 and after all my years of cooking for them this is literally the only recipe that EVERY one of them love and ask for often. I usually have to make two different chicken recipes simultaneously to please both camps of tastes but this one is perfect and quick! don't change anything in the recipe other than using refrigerated lemon juice instead of fresh lemons oh and quadrupling the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2014
I made this with only chicken legs and omitted the olive oil (the cooking time was only about 45 minutes). It made the most delicious sauce that I spooned over pilaf. My young boys ate 4 pieces each. Delicious SO easy and healthy. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2014
Made this last night and I loved it. The chicken came out so moist and I loved the taste of the skin with all the spices. (It wasn't spicy just a nice blend with nice flavor.) I didn't have real lemons (my husband don't like lemon) so I wasn't able to bake it with the lemons but I did put lemon juice on it before I put the spices on. Next time I think I will add a tad bit more garlic and maybe try onion as well. To me this craves to be made and served with mash potatoes and veggie of your choice. (Unfortunately my husband wasn't feeling well and he couldn't taste anything but he did comment on how moist they were.) It was a huge hit with me! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2015
This flavor combination is worth 10 stars! Use the seasoning and lemon to taste and this will be one of your favorite ways to cook chicken. For 12 chicken legs I lightly coat with olive oil and use half the amount of seasoning and lemon called for which makes it perfect for us. When I have no lemons bottled lemon juice works well. I tried it with potatoes but much prefer to cook the potatoes and chicken separately in shallow baking pans and baste the potatoes with some of the drippings each time I baste the chicken. One time I had to leave these in the oven for an extra hour after they had reached temp so I turned the oven to 180 and let them sit and they were so good I do it this way whenever I have the time. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2015
This is the first Greek dish I've ever eaten and it just may be the most delicious chicken I've ever had in my life! I didn't have lemons so subbed 2T lemon juice for each lemon. I had five leg quarters so upped all ingredients to 5. I cut back the salt and pepper by 1 tsp each. There was way too much of the spice mixture even after heavily coating both sides of the chicken. With all that lemon juice there were a LOT of drippings which prevented the skin from getting crispy. But we don't eat the skin anyway so it wasn't a problem. I scraped the spices off the skin then dipped the chicken in them. I served it with the Greek green beans from this site (also Ahhh-mazing!) and used 1 tsp of the leftover spices from this recipe in that dish. There's still 2-3 tsp left. Will DEFINATELY make again. It was a bit salty but not unpleasantly so. I will cut back on the salt a bit more next time. Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2019
Guess we were the exception - dish was a bit to lemony for our taste and had too many herbs. Chicken was moist but overpowered by flavors. If I made again I would cut lemons back to one and cut spices in half. Might also cook on rack. Read More