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How to Sous Vide Chicken Leg

For tender chicken legs the temperature used is normally 141°F up to 156°F (60.6°C to 68.9°C) and I personally like 148°F (64.4°C) the best. The time is typically 4 to 6 hours.


Chicken legs are cooked one of two ways, either to be tender, or to be fall-apart confit or shreddable style. I go into a lot more detail about how to sous vide chicken legs, but below is a short summary to get you started.

Tender Chicken Legs

For tender chicken legs the temperature used is normally 141°F up to 156°F (60.6°C to 68.9°C) and I personally like 148°F (64.4°C) the best. They just don't need to be tenderized too much, if at all, so the time range is typically 4 to 6 hours, depending on how tender you want the meat, though you can get away with pasteurized them by thickness.

Sous vide chicken legs honey sriracha 25

Shreddable Chicken Legs

For shreddable chicken legs, the range goes much higher but is often between 160°F to 170°F (71.1°C to 76.7°C). I usually split the difference and use 165°F (73.9°C). They are cooked longer as well to allow for more breakdown, usually for 8 to 12 hours.

Shredded duck legs sesame noodles

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Sous Vide Leg Temperatures and Times

  • Medium: 141ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (60.6ºC)
  • Ideal: 148ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (64.4ºC)
  • Shreddable: 165ºF for 8 to 12 Hours (73.9ºC)

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Sous Vide Chicken Leg Recipes and Articles

Sous Vide Chicken Legs Recipe with Honey-Sriracha Glaze

This recipe adds flavor to chicken legs post-sous vide with a sweet and spicy honey-sriracha glaze. You can adjust the recipe to your preferred hotness! Due to the odd shape of chicken legs and thighs, I find searing them on a grill or under a hot broiler works best. Popular entree for the whole family.

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