This simple marinade for chicken legs packs so much flavor from balsamic vinegar, a touch of honey, and Dijon mustard. You’ll want baked balsamic glazed drumsticks for dinner every night!

Chicken legs in balsamic sauce in glass baking dish on pink surface

There’s nothing I love more than an easy weeknight dinner that everyone at the table will love and this recipe totally fits that bill. The marinade is simple and the preparation takes almost no effort. Yes, there’s marinade time, but I’ve skipped it before and the chicken has still turned out beautifully!

How to Make the Marinade for Balsamic Chicken Legs

This marinade for what is essentially a balsamic glaze is super simple and requires a few ingredients you probably already have on hand. Here’s what you need:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey

You simply just whisk all those ingredients together and pour them over drumsticks. You could just add everything to a zipper top bag or tupperware container for the marinade time, but it’s even easier if you just do it in the baking dish you’ll use to cook so you can go from fridge to oven.

Marinade ingredients, marinade in bowl, and marinade over chicken

It’s best if you have time to marinade the chicken legs for at least 2 hours, up to overnight in the refrigerator. But I’ve skipped the marinade time before and this meal is still delicious! If you do marinade, flip the legs half way through so the meat absorbs the flavor evenly.

How to Make Balsamic Chicken Legs

I really like a fall off the bone texture for these legs, so I go low and slow at 350 degrees F for 1 hour 15 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes.

You could totally use this marinade for other cuts of chicken, like breasts or thighs, and even try other cooking methods like grilling! This recipe allows for a lot of recipe and creativity.

If you’re looking for high quality, humanely raised chicken, I always recommend Porter Road. Meat gets delivered right to your door, no subscription required, and it’s the best stuff I’ve ever eaten.

Watch the recipe video to see the whole process!

 

What to Serve with Balsamic Chicken Legs

If you’re enjoying this meal in the summertime, serve it with a caprese salad like this Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto from Fueling a Southern Soul or this Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad from A Nerd Cooks.
 
If you’re cooking this in the cooler months, I love these drumsticks with Cauliflower Mash or oven fries!

Balsamic Chicken Legs Recipe

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Balsamic Chicken Legs

Prep Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 25 mins
Yield: 6 Servings
This simple marinade for chicken legs packs so much flavor from balsamic vinegar, a touch of honey, and Dijon mustard. You'll want baked balsamic glazed drumsticks for dinner every night!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 12 chicken legs

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together all ingredients except the chicken legs. Arrange the chicken legs in a 9x13 inch glass baking dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken legs and turn them to coat.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours, up to overnight, turning the legs again half way through marinating time.
  • When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook legs for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, until they’re no longer pink in the middle and meat is starting to fall off the bone.

Notes

You could use this marinade for any other cut of chicken, too: breasts, thighs, or even a whole chicken!
You could also grill the chicken instead of roasting in the oven.
Calories are an approximation.
Course: Dinner
Author: Chelsea Cole
Calories: 691kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 50g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 240mg, Sodium: 876mg, Potassium: 616mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 439IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 2mg
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