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Sweet Smoky Chicken Legs Recipe

Sweet Smoky Chicken Legs Recipe

When we crave the taste of barbecued chicken in the middle of winter, this oven-baked version hits the spot! You'll love the short list of ingredients.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 3 pounds chicken legs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke


  • 1. Place onions in greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; arrange chicken in a single layer over onions. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over all, completely coating chicken.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting several times. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 346 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 777 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Reviews for Sweet Smoky Chicken Legs

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This recipe was a big hit in our family! I wasn't sure the simple ingredients called for in the sauce would deliver much of a punch but it had a great tang of flavor. Plus the thick layer of onions under the chicken were fabulous. Because I like a quick cleanup, I laid a sheet of foil under the food before baking. As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home I enjoy recipes that use ingredients I have and are quickly assembled."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Super easy and quite tasty! My family loved them and I will certainly make them again!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"I thickened the sauce by adding 1-1/2 tsp cornstarch to the sauce mixture. It is so yummy! Tastes like summer, without the BBQ."

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"did not like at all"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"I used boneless chicken breasts and the sauce is very good...would like to try to thicken the sauce next time."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Did not have cider vinegar used red wine vinegar instead. Was very tasty. The only thing I would do different would be to dip the chicken in the sauce instead of pouring it over the dish."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Absolutely delicious, with or without the liquid smoke. It was a hit with the boys, and the leftover bones and skin from the chicken makes a useful base for my slow cooker chicken broth."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"the taste was good. I'd like to make the sauce more thick though."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2008

"Totally delicious."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.