Apricot-Jalapeno-Garlic Chicken Legs Recipe
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These Apricot Garlic chicken legs are sweet, spicy, sticky and so finger-lickin’ good! Very easy to make, awesome mix of flavors!
What could be more perfect for a weeknight dinner than chicken legs? This delicious sweet & spicy sauce is made in just one minute in a food processor by combining apricot jam, jalapeno pepper, garlic and soy sauce. Food processor really makes things so much easier – no mincing garlic and jalapeno by hand, just give the food processor a whirl and it does it all for you!
Chicken legs are smothered with this sticky yummy sauce and baked in the oven, and they come out bursting with flavor. This tasty combination of sweet, spicy and garlicky flavors turns those ordinary chicken legs into a zesty exciting dish!
Chicken legs are a perfect way to feed a large family. Most kids, including picky eaters, love them, and have fun getting messy and licking their fingers :) There is just something mysteriously enticing about holding a piece of meat on the bone!
Also, chicken legs are one of the cheapest cuts of meat – you can often get a huge “family pack” of chicken drumsticks for around five bucks. And who says that “budget recipes” have to be dull? These apricot jalapeno garlic chicken legs prove the opposite. With a little creativity, any boring ingredient can be turned into a gourmet meal, and this delicious chicken drumsticks recipe is great for your wallet and for your taste buds.
Another great bonus of chicken legs that they are very forgiving when it comes to cooking. Unlike chicken breast that can quickly turn dry and rubbery, chicken legs stay juicy and soft even if you cook them longer than necessary. Easy, cheap and yummy – that’s all you want in an everyday recipe, making these chicken legs perfect for weeknight dinners!
Apricot Jalapeno Garlic Chicken Legs Recipe
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 4 gloves garlic
- 12 chicken legs
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut jalapeno peppers in half. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard the seeds.
- Peel the garlic.
- Put apricot jam, soy sauce, jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves in a food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Process for 1 minute or until smooth.
- Put the chicken legs on a baking sheet. Pour the sauce over the chicken legs and toss to coat the chicken legs with sauce all over.
- Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Take the baking sheet out of the oven and turn the chicken legs one by one, so the side that was on the bottom is now facing up. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the juices run clear when the thickest pieces are cut.
- Put the chicken legs on a serving platter and pour the sauce that's remaining on the baking sheet over the chicken legs. Enjoy!
Gonna have it soon!!!! What beautiful flavors…. Everything you create and share is the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!
Aww, thanks so much, Cyn! I’m really happy that you like my stuff :)
These sound similar to chicken wings that my grandma makes!! So delicious :) such a perfect easy weeknight meal.
Yes, I’m sure this recipe would work great with wings too! Sweet & spicy wings are always a hit!
This looks like a really flavorful chicken recipe! Thanks for dropping by my blog
Thanks Peachy! Yes, lots of flavor is exactly what I like about it!
Gorgeous! What a great midweek meal, I love the mix of flavours!
Thanks Jess! I just made it for my family on Thursday night, right before posting it to the blog!
I love wings so I should give them this treatment. It sounds like a killer combo! :D
This would be great on wings! You just can’t go wrong with sweet, spicy and garlicky!
These look fingerlicking delicious!
Thanks Angie! “Fingerlicking” describes them perfectly!
There is something magical about apricot jam, and I always keep it in the house…lovely recipe!
Yes, apricots are always great in savory dishes!
This looks delicious! I agree, the food processor makes everything so much easier, I think it is my favorite kitchen appliance. Love this recipe, sweet, spicy and garlicky is a winner!
Thanks Meghan! My food processor is also my most heavily used kitchen gadget, with the rice cooker being second!
I was looking for something with chicken legs, I promised my daughter I would cook chicken on Saturday. This sounds perfect, I don’t even have to go shopping! I might use jalapenos for only half a batch.
Yes, it would taste great with or without the jalapenos! Let me know which way you liked best :)