How to Cook Chicken Legs With Italian Dressing in the Oven

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By themselves, chicken legs can be relatively bland. A well-seasoned marinade adds flavor and variety to plain chicken legs. Italian dressing contains a balanced mixture of acidity, spices and herbs that give chicken legs extra flavor that appeals to a wide variety of tastes. It is not too spicy for those who prefer their chicken mild, but is flavorful enough for more adventurous palates.

Marinate the Chicken

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Place the chicken legs in the gallon-sized zip-top bag.

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Pour the Italian dressing over the chicken legs. Seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.

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Use your fingers to spread the marinade around the chicken, coating it as much as possible.

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Store the bag of chicken in the refrigerator for two to 24 hours. This gives the marinade time to tenderize and flavor the meat.

Cook the Chicken Legs

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Assemble your roasting pan. Set a rack into the roasting pan to hold the chicken out of the drippings. This will prevent the chicken from becoming greasy.

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Remove the chicken from the refrigerator. Remove each piece from the marinade and let it drip into the bag before placing it on the rack inside the roasting pan.

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Bake the chicken at 350 degrees F until the chicken legs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Turn the chicken legs over halfway through cooking to brown on the other side.

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Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Cover it with aluminum foil and let the chicken rest for two to three minutes.