My Favorite Cheap and Easy Recipes for Chicken Legs

Whole chicken legs (the thigh and the drumstick) are not only the most flavorful part of the bird--they're also the cheapest, usually costing around $2/pound. These are my favorite ways to cook them.
  1. Tandoori-Style Roast Chicken
    Extremely flavorful and tender. This is great with rice and a crunchy slaw.
  2. Jalapeño Honey Chicken
    I originally invented this for Rosh Hashanah, but it's become a regular in our rotation. If you are sensitive to heat, scrape out the jalapeño's seeds and white membrane before blending up the sauce.
  3. Best Ever Roast Chicken Legs
    Inspired by Thomas Keller's famous roast chicken technique, this one is probably the l one I cook most often. If you love crispy chicken skin, this is for you.
  4. Strawberry-Balsamic Chicken Legs
    Make this with fresh strawberries when they're in season. The rest of the time, cheat with good strawberry jam.
  5. Garlicky BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
    This is a one-pan dinner. I usually add a salad, but honestly, it doesn't need it. You could also just add some broccolini or halved Brussels sprouts to the pan and roast them along with everything else.
  6. Lemon Leek Chicken Legs
    If you can't find (or don't want to deal with cleaning) fresh leeks, you can totally use regular or green onions here.