Smokey bbq chicken drumsticks & thighs
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Know Your Chicken Leg/drumsticks:
While cooking a whole chicken any day of the week doesn't happen like it used to, baking chicken legs is definitely a weeknight solution. A chicken leg, also called a hindquarter, is made up of one thigh and one drumstick that are joined together.
The thigh is the upper part of the leg and the drumstick is the lower part. Both are dark meat. These chicken drumsticks and thighs are inexpensive, versatile, meaty, and moist. Plan on two pieces per person.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the chicken, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
You can bake the chicken legs/drumsticks in a 375°F. oven, if desired. Increase the baking time to 45 to 50 minutes.
Tip: An accurate way to check chicken doneness is to insert an instant-read thermometer into the thigh, avoiding the bone. It should read 180°F when the chicken is done.