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Sweet Smoky Chicken Legs

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
  • Makes
    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


  • Place onions in greased 13x9-in. baking dish; arrange chicken in a single layer over onions. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over all, completely coating chicken.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer reads 170°, basting several times.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 346 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 777mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • mamaknowsbest
    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.

  • princesskallie
    Jan 19, 2014

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

  • germanycook
    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.

  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Jul 19, 2012

    did not like at all

  • s_pants
    Apr 6, 2012

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

  • teri396
    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.

  • Aliakai
    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.

  • ajlien73
    Dec 17, 2009

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

  • boronte
    Jan 31, 2008

    Totally delicious.