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How to Roast Chicken Legs With No Antibiotics

Updated on November 3, 2018
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Janis loves to occasionally post original recipes, influenced by the creative cooking skills inherited from her mother and aunts.

Roasted Chicken Leg Recipe

Savory roasted antibiotic-free chicken legs are hot, juicy and ready to serve.
Savory roasted antibiotic-free chicken legs are hot, juicy and ready to serve. | Source

All Natural Antibiotic-Free Chicken Tastes Better

Almost everybody loves chicken. And those who love it have their favorite way to prepare it or eat it. Whether chicken is fried, stewed, baked, grilled, or roasted, the succulent taste and juiciness of a piece of chicken will always satisfy the chicken lover's taste buds.

However, most chicken sold in supermarkets are full of chemicals, salts, antibiotics, and hormones. From a nutritional perspective, that would seem to cancel out the "great taste" of chicken our palates long for and savor.

When was the last time you ate a piece of all natural, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, or even organic chicken? You would be surprised at the difference in flavor, taste, and consistency.

Read the Labeling for the Best Choice of Chicken

Look for labels that say antibiotic-free, hormone-free, all natural, free-range, organic, all-vegetable diet, or no animal by-products to increase your chances of buying a better grade of chicken.
Look for labels that say antibiotic-free, hormone-free, all natural, free-range, organic, all-vegetable diet, or no animal by-products to increase your chances of buying a better grade of chicken. | Source

Roasted Chicken Legs: For Better Flavor and Better Health, Use Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Because we've been conditioned to consume the lower grade of chicken sold from huge grocery store bins and fast food restaurants, we forget how chicken is supposed to taste. Over the last few years, as I've made healthier eating a priority, I've rediscovered the natural taste of chicken. The actual flavor of chicken comes through without a lot of additives and chemicals. The video at the end of this article explains why pasteurized poultry is healthier and better for us.

More and more poultry producers, like Perdue, are raising chickens on vegetable diets and have drastically cut the use of hormones and antibiotics. Even McDonald's has recently decided to phase in the use of antibiotic-free chicken for their food products over the next two years.

Some extreme health enthusiasts would say avoid eating chicken altogether. But I'm not quite ready to give it up as long as I choose to eat and cook with the healthier, minimally processed, all natural choices offered in grocery stores.

One of my favorite brands of antibiotic-free chicken (Bell & Evans) is found at a neighborhood organic market. I purchase packages of wings, breasts, drumsticks, and whole legs for my healthier cooking needs. My recipe for Roasted Chicken Legs renders better flavor than the chicken that is full of that "15%" salty saline solution and hormones.

The growth hormones also cause the chicken to be over-sized. Chicken pieces without these hormones are smaller and look closer to normal in size. Since there aren't a lot of additives, I find that the all natural chicken tends to need a little more seasoning, which is why the savory blend used in this recipe works very well. If you use salt, add a little sea salt to this recipe.

Fresh and All Natural Whole Chicken Legs

Fresh and all natural chicken legs have a better flavor.
Fresh and all natural chicken legs have a better flavor. | Source

Ample Seasoning is Needed for Good Flavor

Well-seasoned chicken legs are ready for the roaster.
Well-seasoned chicken legs are ready for the roaster. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 3 Servings, one leg per serving

Ingredients for Roasted Chicken Legs Recipe

  • 2 lbs 3 whole chicken legs, antibiotic-free
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon liquid smoke, Colgin Natural Hickory
  • 2 teaspoon hot sauce, Cholula Original
  • 1 packet Sazon Con Carne by Goya
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt to taste, optional

You Will Also Need:

  • Large covered roasting pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sharp paring knife for cutting off excess fat
  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" Spray

Chicken Fat Removed for Healthier Eating

It's best to remove excess fat from chicken to reduce unhealthy fat consumption.
It's best to remove excess fat from chicken to reduce unhealthy fat consumption. | Source

Directions

  1. Remove excess fat and skin from chicken legs. Rinse well with lemon juice and water. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Turn on oven to 370 degrees. Sprinkle dry ingredients onto chicken legs. Coat evenly. Sprinkle olive oil, hot sauce, and liquid smoke onto chicken legs. For best results, place seasoned legs into a plastic bag. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  3. Spray the bottom of a large roasting pan with Pam cooking spray. Place legs in roasting pan, coat legs with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" butter spray. Reduce oven temperature to 360 degrees. Cover roaster and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes covered, then remove cover and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes to brown and crisp the skin.
  4. Chicken legs will be moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. Serve with your favorite starch and vegetable.

A Healthy, All Natural Chicken Leg Dinner

Serving suggestion includes cheesey rice paired with steamed broccoli and carrots.
Serving suggestion includes cheesey rice paired with steamed broccoli and carrots. | Source

Chicken Flavor and Taste

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Another Serving Suggestion

This chicken dinner plate is served with chicken fried rice mixed with vegetables paired with steamed cabbage.
This chicken dinner plate is served with chicken fried rice mixed with vegetables paired with steamed cabbage. | Source

Antibiotic-Free Chicken Recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Roasted Chicken Legs with Savory Seasonings

© 2015 Janis Leslie Evans

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    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      2 weeks ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you very much! Yes, very tasty. Appreciate your visit and comment.

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      poetryman6969 

      2 weeks ago

      Looks good!

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      22 months ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, RTalloni. Yes, worth it for just a little more. Glad you liked this recipe hub, always appreciate your visits.

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      RTalloni 

      22 months ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your method for roast chicken. The entire plate looks wonderful! We find that the better choice, especially on sale, not to be that much more expensive, and well worth what we pay.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Organic is definitely the best, dreamer32. I'm glad you liked the article. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      dreamer32 

      2 years ago from Mississippi

      Hey Jan, Very good article. I usually would go for organic chicken because it's much healthier. I have sometimes backslid for going to kfc to eat chicken. I like the organic chicken better because it's more healthier for an individual.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for reading and sharing, Gable. I appreciate your visit. It is really is tasty, had some tonight made with curry. Yum.

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      Gable Rhoads 

      2 years ago from North Dakota

      I live in rural North Dakota and the farmers are angry about the antibiotic free movement. They don't realize that some feed lots and large poultry producers routinely use daily doses of antibiotics to fatten up the livestock. That is why we saw the massive die-offs of chickens last year; the disease that spread through the flocks had become antibiotic resistant.

      That being said, I'm lucky to be surrounded by grass fed, antibiotic meat!

      It is soooo good!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Anribiotic and free range chicks are expensive compare to normal chicks

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, SinDelle. I appreciate your generous comment.

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      The Little Shaman 

      3 years ago from Macon, GA

      Fantastic recipe and extra kudos to you for promoting organic chicken! Excellent post.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lol, Catherine, it is reallly tasty. I've gotten the organic chicken from COSTCO, too. Thank so much for the visit and votes.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I should not have rad this while I was hungry. Looks so good. I buy organic chicken at Costco and keep it in the freezer. I usually just use salt, pepper, garlic, Your recipe for seasoning sounds great. Voted up++

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, MsDora. I'm glad you found it useful. Thanks for your visit.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jan, thanks for the very practical nutritional guidance. A reasonable alternative to throwing out chicken altogether. Voted Up!

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      If you're organic, you're good. Thanks for stopping by.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Absolutely, poetryman. Thanks for stopping by.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you peachpurple. I appreciate your visit.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, Faith. I appreciate the votes and pin.

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      Some good looking food. We should probably look for food with fewer additives and less processing in general.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes i agree that no anti biotic chicks are better and healthier

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jan! I had not heard of antibiotic-free...we buy only organic chickens but I never knew to ask about that....I appreciate the information.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jan,

      Yes, I am all for the antibiotic-free chicken. My husband told me how he remembers growing up with his grandmother's chicken that had nothing in it but chicken, and how it tasted so much better. He said those huge piece you see in the store today are not what real chicken looks like, for the pieces are much smaller, but much better.

      Up useful and interesting and pinning

      Thanks for the great recipe here too.

      God bless you

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