BBQ Chicken Legs For One

Easy to make BBQ Chicken Legs baked on a bed of perfectly seasoned roasted carrots, onions and garlic. A one pan meal perfect for those cooking for one.

Three BBQ chicken legs cooked over a bed of sliced carrots and garlic in a small baking dish on a metal tray.

There is something so simple about this oven roasted BBQ chicken legs recipe. It’s a simple meal and it’s comforting too.

Every time I bake BBQ chicken for dinner, the aroma coming from my kitchen gets me excited about dinnertime.

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Sometimes I have such grand plans in mind when creating recipes. This chicken recipe began as a full-fledged BBQ chicken dinner with homemade BBQ sauce and all that goes along with it.

As I worked through the recipe and tested it a second time, I noticed my ingredient list getting longer and longer. Even though I was hoping to create an easy chicken recipe, it was turning out to be a little more labor intensive than I wanted it to be.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for a glorious from scratch BBQ chicken recipe but I wasn’t feeling it here.

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I’ll pull that BBQ recipe out soon for you and share it sometime, I promise.

For now, I’ve got a heavenly…and simple…Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Legs recipe that I know you’ll love.

Two bbq chicken drumsticks on a plate with chopped carrots and garlic next to a glass of red wine all on a metal tray

I use three chicken legs (also called chicken drumsticks) or feel free to use two if they’re large ones.

Baked Chicken Legs

For this easy baked chicken recipe, toss the chicken legs with olive oil, salt, pepper and BBQ sauce (I used store-bought).

Place the chicken legs on a bed of sliced carrots, onions and whole garlic cloves that have been tossed with olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and smoked paprika.

Tip: When roasting vegetables, add in whole garlic cloves. If you’ve ever tasted roasted garlic you know how wonderful it is. Roasted garlic is buttery and much milder than raw garlic.

The chicken drumsticks roast alongside the carrots for about 40 minutes and will fill your kitchen with the most incredible aroma.

The chicken meat is so juicy and tender, it seems to fall off the bone and the carrots are perfectly cooked and seasoned well.

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What To Serve With Baked Chicken Legs

You might like to serve any one of these single serving side dish recipes with your chicken legs:

Scalloped Potatoes

Rice Pilaf

Mini Irish Soda Bread

Baked Brown Rice

Mashed Potatoes

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BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Recipe (Chicken Legs)

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Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Legs For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting TIme: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 735kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 cups sliced carrots , cut diagonally (about 1)
  • 1/2 small onion , rough chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper , divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
  • 3 chicken drumsticks


  • Heat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  • Place the cut carrots, onions and garlic in a small baking dish. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and smoked paprika and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the BBQ Sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks in a small bowl and pour BBQ Sauce mixture over the chicken. Using your fingers, make sure the sauce mixture coats each chicken drumstick.
  • Lay the chicken on top of the carrots in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cover baking dish with foil. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 735kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 2118mg | Potassium: 1534mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 43235IU | Vitamin C: 20.5mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists’ advice.

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12 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken Legs For One”

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe, Linda. Thanks so much for letting me know.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Awesome, Marilyn! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for letting me know.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  1. Always love a good oven roasted chicken recipe, and this is perfect for those solo nights that usually end up in crazy dinner fashion. Looks delish!

  2. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    All about the drumsticks here! They yield such juicy results, and perfect as dinner for one 🙂 You have a winner here!

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