Honey Glazed Baked Chicken Legs

The honey glazed chicken legs can be described with only one phrase – out-of-the-world! Period!

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken LegsLife sometimes does not have as much glaze as you wish for; but I believe that’s okay because that’s how it should be! A life without ‘ups-n-downs’ won’t be quite worth living. So when I can’t control the things in my life beyond a point, I simply de-register myself and let them take their own course.

Believe me, I don’t want to sound depressive! I am not! Because the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ phases occur in everyone’s life! You know what’s my mantra to chuck-off this so-called ‘bad’ phase? I put all my energy and dedication in doing what I love to do most! Right! Cooking!

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken LegsThat is exactly when these super-delicious honey-glazed chicken legs materialized!

I don’t mind my life lacking its glaze temporarily as long as my chickens shine so beautifully!

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken Legs

Honey glazed baked chicken is a somewhat common recipe; but even after planning to try it many times in the past, I didn’t actually make it. I feel as if it was reserved for this timing which couldn’t be more perfect!

The honey-glaze was so beautiful that you may fall in love with it! The combination of sweetness with the spicy sauce was irresistible.

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken LegsThe ginger-garlic baked chicken which I had made earlier was also very tempting and loved by all; but this one took the baked chicken legs to a whole new level! You have to make it to believe it! 

I love baked dishes for the fact that it’s a breeze to make it without spending too much time in the kitchen [especially when the hot Indian summer has already arrived to scare you!].

This one has just 3 broad steps: Marinate – Sear – Bake!

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken LegsBaking was not a very common cooking technique with respect to Indian cooking; but once you start tasting baked stuff – sweet or savory – you will just get hooked to it! And trust me, there won’t be any escape!

Baking makes the meat so tender and juicy which is simply unbelievable! The spices/sauces with which you marinate the chicken also penetrate more while baking which increases the taste quotient of any recipe.

Don’t wait to give this honey glazed baked chicken legs a try and you can thank me later! ;)

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken Legs

Honey Glazed Baked Chicken Legs
 
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Cuisine: Continental
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
  • Chicken legs – 5
  • Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Japanese rice vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Dark soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Red pepper sauce/hot sauce/Sriracha – 2 tbsp
  • Paprika powder – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Honey – 4 tbsp
  • Sesame or vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry the chicken legs. Make couple of incisions on each leg so that the seasonings could penetrate the meat easily.
  2. Mix together ginger-garlic paste, rice vinegar, dark soy sauce, hot sauce, paprika powder (if using), salt and half of the oil and make a homogenous mixture.
  3. Rub this mixture really well on the chicken legs ensuring that the cuts are well coated.
  4. Leave the chicken legs into this marinate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. After 2 hours, take out the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature.
  6. Heat a shallow frying pan and add the remaining oil to it. Add the chicken legs to the hot oil and sear both sides on medium-high heat. This should take around 15 minutes or until you get a good searing marks all over the chicken. [Make sure to reserve the marinade for basting the chicken while baking!]
  7. While searing the chicken, start preheating your oven at 190 degree C (350 F).
  8. Line a shallow baking dish with aluminum foil and brush some oil on it to prevent the chicken from sticking to it. (Aluminum foil will make the clean-up very easy!)
  9. Place the seared chicken legs on the prepared baking dish in a single layer and brush them lightly with the left over marinade.
  10. Cover the baking dish with another aluminum foil and bake them in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.
  11. After 15 minutes, take them out and turn them. Brush them again with the left over marinade and bake again for another 15 minutes.
  12. By the end of 30 minutes, the chicken should have been cooked through. Now you have to add the honey glaze to the chicken.
  13. Pour enough honey on each chicken leg so that the honey coats them all over.
  14. Now put the baking dish – without the aluminum cover – under the pre-heated broiler for 3 to 4 minutes more until the honey caramelizes and adds a glaze to the chicken.
  15. Serve hot and enjoy with your favorite salad!

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