Baked Chicken Legs With Spicy Rub Recipe

The recipe has a tasty rub on the drumsticks. Great served with rice.


10 chicken legs or 2 – 3 legs per person, depending on size of legs
A few sprigs of fresh oregano

Rub Mixture:
1 Tablespoons Hershey’s dark cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 Tablespoon ancho chili powder
1 Tablespoon toasted cumin powder
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon raw sugar or brown sugar
1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper


Have ready a 9x13 roasting dish.

Rinse chicken legs and pat dry with paper towels.

Rub Mixture:

Stir together all the rub mixture ingredients and sprinkle half of the rub mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.

Using your hands roll the chicken legs into the mixture and press the spice mixture to coat the chicken legs.

Add more rub if needed to coat the legs.

Store any remaining spice rub in a sealed container.

Cover roasting dish with plastic wrap and let coated chicken rest for at least one half hour, preferably for one full hour.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Remove the plastic from the cooking dish place in the oven for 20 minutes. Place the sprigs of oregano around the drumsticks.

Turn chicken over and roast for another 15 to 20 minutes or until drumsticks are cooked through,the juices run clear and chicken is browned.

Serve immediately or cover with foil while preparing other meal items.