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Honey Balsamic Sous Vide Chicken Legs

Honey Balsamic Sous Vide Chicken Legs

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Gluten Free
  • Method: Sous Vide
  • Cuisine: American


These sous vide chicken legs offer super tender chicken meat along with crispy skin. Drizzled with a delectable honey balsamic sauce, they are fingerlickingly delicious.


  • 2 pounds chicken legs (whole chicken legs, chicken thighs, or drumsticks), bone in and skin on

For the honey balsamic marinade:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Rinse chicken legs and pat dry with paper towels. Place them in a large Ziploc bag.
  2. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken. Zip it up and shake well. Let the chicken marinate for at least an hour in the fridge.
  3. Once ready to cook, preheat water to 155°F using the Anova sous vide precision cooker.
  4. Transfer the chicken legs to a large sous vide bag  in one layer and seal using a vacuum sealer or a hand pump. Reserve the marinade in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Once the water is ready, slowly lower the chicken into the prepared water bath. Make sure the chicken drumsticks are completely under the water. Cook chicken for 2 hours.
  6. Optional: Once the chicken is done, remove the bag from the water bath and drop it into an ice bath to fully chill. This step will help get extra-crispy skin when you sear it without overcooking the chicken underneath.
  7. Remove the chicken from the sous vide bag and scrape off any gelled juices using your fingers. Reserve the juices for other uses.
  8. Pat the chicken with paper towels. Heat a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet over high heat on the stove until hot. Place chicken in the skillet and sear for 1 minute on each side or until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let it rest.
  9. While the chicken is resting, add the reserved marinade to the same skillet, bring to a rapid boil and continue cooking until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Pour the honey balsamic sauce over the chicken legs and enjoy!


  • When making the honey balsamic sauce, if the sauce is too thick, add some reserved chicken juices to it. If your sauce is not thick enough to your liking once you reduce it by half, dissolve 1 teaspoon cornstarch in 1 tablespoon cold water and stir into the sauce. Keep stirring, and the sauce will thicken nicely.  
  • Marinating the chicken overnight will enhance the flavor even more.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 746
  • Sugar: 13.5g
  • Sodium: 2576.6mg
  • Fat: 33.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.1g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 87.7g
  • Cholesterol: 412.5mg
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