Chicken Legs with White Wine, Olive Oil & Parmigiano Reggiano
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This chicken legs recipe is so simple and so delicious: it’s one-third cup olive oil, one-third cup white wine, and one-third cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Throw everything into the oven at once, and you’re done. Crispy skins. Tender meat. Winner winner chicken dinner!
Can you remember one-third cup? That’s really all you need to know in order to make this recipe:
- one-third cup olive oil
- one-third cup white wine
- one-third cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Garlic and thyme are nice additions but optional. Just whisk everything together, season the chicken with salt and pepper, throw it in a 400ºF oven and you’re done. In about 45 minutes to an hour, you’ll have crispy skins and tender meat. This is a longtime favorite family recipe.
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Chicken Legs Baked with White Wine, Olive Oil & Parmigiano Reggiano
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 2
Scale this recipe up as needed and use a large roasting pan if you do. Often I double the liquids and use 8 chicken thighs, and it works beautifully — I just cook the chicken until the skin looks crisp and golden, probably close to an hour. This is a very forgiving recipe.
- 2 chicken drumsticks + 2 chicken thighs (or some other combination), bone-in, skin-on
- kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
- 1/3 cup white wine
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- 2–3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- a few sprigs fresh thyme
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Season chicken on both sides generously with salt and pepper.
- In a small shallow baking dish such as a pie plate, whisk together the white wine, olive oil, about half of the cheese, the garlic and the shallot. Throw in the thyme sprigs and the chicken and toss all around to coat.
- Turn chicken so that the skin is facing up and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Place in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the meat is pulling away from the bone and the skin is brown and crisp. The time it takes to cook this chicken will vary depending on your oven, on the size of the legs, if the chicken was cooked directly from the refrigerator or if it had been brought to room temperature before baking, etc. Trust your nose — if you think it’s done, take a stab. After you’ve made the recipe once or twice, you’ll have a better idea about the timing.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: chicken, legs, olive oil, white wine, garlic, shallots, thyme
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80 Comments on “Chicken Legs with White Wine, Olive Oil & Parmigiano Reggiano”
You’re my new chicken guru. I have never seen a few pieces of dark chicken meat look this delicious!
This is the best chicken drumstick recipe I have ever made…and I cook a lot. Amazing. Thank you.
So happy to hear this Eliana!
I can taste it already. Yum!
I can’t wait to cut up a chicken and try this. I also really appreciate the video, I feel like I can actually handle it now. yay!
Don’t be ridiculous woman – garlic is NEVER optional with chicken! This dish (with garlic) sounds gorgeous, I must give it a run.
I can’t wait to try this one! It looks so delicious and easy to make.
Thanks for this series! It was great. Keep ’em coming!
Delicious (and beautiful) chicken recipe! Smelled wonderful while cooking too! Thanks for the inspiration to cut up that chicken instead of roasting it whole – it was much easier than expected (even though I mangled the breasts a little bit). Great blog with beautiful pictures!!
hey buddy! made this last night for a dinner party. super easy and tastiicious – thanks!
SO good… the chicken comes out with the most amazing texture. and so flavorful! Thanks so much for an awesome recipe. I didn’t have fresh thyme and sprinkled ground thyme along w/ the S+P. delicious!
Love love love your website and your amazing recipes…I was just introduced to your blog by our mutual friend, Kerri, who went to school with you. I love your recipes and your beautiful photographs…This recipe is incredible. I love chicken and I am surely going to create this recipe this week! Thank you for sharing and so happy to have come across your delicious blog.
Made this for dinner tonight. Everyone loved it! Company Worthy!
Beth — Makes me so happy! I need to make this again soon, too.
This should be called OMG chicken.Just made it today.Best baked chicken I ever made!
Lisa — so glad to hear this! I love this recipe, too. Easy, simple, delicious … it doesn’t get much better than that! Thanks for writing in!
This recipe is on the menu for tonight — looking forward to it!
I have made this multiple times already, as well as sharing it with friends. It is a crowd pleaser & I love that it is fast & easy! Keep ’em coming!!
Laura — thanks so much for writing in. This is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s so nice to hear when others have success with it, too!
I made this last night for the first time, and it was so darned good that DJ and I were picking up the (whole) thyme bunches and eating the parm-covered leaves right off the stalk after finishing the chicken — that’s how good this recipe is!
Lindsay — so happy to hear this! I love those thyme bunches, too. Delish.
i must say your blog is perfect in every way, and so is this chicken..made it last night, it was absolutely delicious
Can someone recommend a white wine for this recipe? I’m not a wine drinker so I never know what specific wine to buy for a recipe.
Crystal, honestly just buy a Sauvignon blanc or Pinot grigio from the grocery store — do you have a Trader Joe’s? That’s a great place to find cheap wines. Don’t spend more than $6 if you don’t have to.
Could I make this with chicken breast? It sounds wonderful, but I am not a fan of dark meat.
Trish — I don’t know how to advise?! I would imagine you could, but I worry about the meat drying out a bit. I would definitely do bone in, skin on, and maybe check them for doneness after 25 minutes or so? Let me know if you give it a go… I know lots of people who aren’t the biggest fans of dark meat.
Can you recommend a substitute for wine in recipes? I know the alcohol “cooks off”, but I can’t be anywhere near wine.
Mary — I would use chicken stock plus a couple of tablespoons of white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar to add a little acidity. So for this recipe, use 1/3 cup chicken stock plus 2 tablespoons vinegar. Hope that helps!
I’ve made this about a dozen times now, using just legs, and it comes out great every time. I tried adding sliced, sauteed cremini mushrooms for the last 20 minutes the second time I made it and do it every time now. Serve it over rice so we can soak up every last drop of the delicious oil wine mixture. So delicious!
Oh yum! I love this idea. I am definitely going to try this. We love mushrooms, and I bet here they soak up all those yummy juices. Thanks for writing in!
This is a genius idea! I’m going to have to try that next time!
This looks really good! I want to try it, but any suggestions on subing out the parm? I personally don’t like parm and should I just skip it all together or maybe add shredded mozzarella for a bit of a different taste?
Hi Kristal — I would just leave it out. Amazingly, this dish doesn’t taste cheesy at all. The parm just provides a saltiness and a crisp crust, but otherwise is undetectable. I wouldn’t sub in another cheese — the skin will get nice and crisp even without the parm. Good luck!
Alexandra- I made this for me and my husband and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD delicious. We couldn’t get enough. Thank you so much for a new and amazing chicken recipe – this will be in regular rotation in our house!
Wow! Wow wow wow! This was absolutely perfect and ridiculously easy. Thanks so much, this is going to be a staple in my recipe collection.
I love your blog! I first arrived to it via your Peasant Bread, which is a serious favorite in my house. I just made this chicken tonight for my family, and they loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us! What a great way to elevate a baked chicken dinner, and make me look like a superstar in the kitchen. Like Eli said above, I am definitely going to try adding mushrooms next time, and serve over some brown rice. By next time, I might mean tomorrow night. 🙂
Wow wow wow wow is right!
Thank you, Betsy!! It means a lot to read all of this. Mushrooms sound absolutely delicious! So happy this one was a hit. I think it could be adapted in so many ways, too, which is nice.
This was FANTASTIC. My husband wants it now at least once a week. Really simple and so flavorful. Thank you so much for this recipe. This one is a keeper.
So happy to hear this, Sheri!
I was solo lunching and reading through my emails, happening upon this. On my way home, I popped into the store to pick up chicken legs, white wine and a baguette to sop up that lovely sauce as all the rest was awaiting to join in this party. As it turned out, it was absolutely as I’d imagined. A gorgeous, date night meal that *almost* makes me wish I had a date with whom to share. Oh, but alas, I have leftovers and glad for them. Completely delighted with thanks!! Mmmm!
Made this with chicken breasts and it was beautiful!
wonderful to hear this, Marina!
Have made this at least a half dozen times…a true favorite chicken recipe. I have cut a Cornish hen in half and used this recipe for it…worked out great. Will try it with mushrooms next time. Thanks a lot.
I make this all the time now – using a cut up whole chicken and adding sliced mushrooms to the mix. Oh my goodness – so delicious and so easy to prepare. And then I have leftovers for more meals. Perfection. I eat Keto and this is such a great addition for my diet. Keeps the blood sugars down. Thank you.
So great to hear all of this Carrie! Love the idea of adding mushrooms here. Yum!
oops forgot to rate it. I got too excited with reviewing it!
Awww, thanks Carrie!
Exactly what I needed tonight. After a busy day in the garden, I didn’t really feel like cooking. This was so easy and so tasty. I can guarantee it will make repeat appearances.
So great to hear this, Becky!