Crispy German Baked Chicken Recipe (Hähnchenkeulen): No, It's Not Burnt by Donna John

Crispy German Baked Chicken Recipe (Hähnchenkeulen): No, It's Not Burnt

Hähnchenkeulen is a crispy German chicken recipe that has a flavorful sauce made with curry, paprika and other spices. This baked chicken was super easy to prepare, tender, crispy, juicy and packed with flavor.

When I first saw the finished product, I honesty thought I had burned it. But no! The seasoning blend darkens as it cooks, taking on a deep flavor. The taste of this crispy baked chicken was truly unique.

To make this German-style baked chicken you need bone-in chicken pieces, olive oil, sweet paprika, regular paprika, curry powder, garlic powder, dried or fresh rosemary, ketchup and honey. The seasoning blend is stirred together and then rubbed all over the chicken. The seasoned chicken is then baked in the oven until cooked through and crispy. 

I served this chicken dinner with hot sauerkraut with bacon and onions and crisp asparagus.

Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6


  • 6 - 10 bone-in chicken pieces (I used leg quarters)

Seasoning Blend

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika or ground cayenne, to taste (I used paprika)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or dried rosemary (I used fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the seasoning blend ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Put the chicken into a baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rub the chicken all over with the seasoning blend.
  4. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 35 to 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. (I basted it occasionally with the pan drippings.)

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Ketchup $2 & Up
Honey $4 & Up
Curry Powder
Curry Powder $3 & Up
Paprika $3 & Up
Olive Oil
Olive Oil $4 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow, Donna John , FLAVOR! That's the word that comes to mind. Can't wait to make this!
Mmmmmm a yummy chicken dinner. 🍗
This is not how we season our baked chicken in Germany and it shouldn't have German in the title just as false as German chocolate cake!
Donna John
Good to know! Love learning about other cuisines. How do you season chicken in Germany? We'd love for you to share your recipe.
How do you season the chicken?? I want to make this as close to the real deal myself.
Donna John
The seasoning is wet, so you rub it all over the chicken. Simple! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
We use regular oil like canola and add sweet/hot paprika whichever you prefer, sea salt, pepper and some add a little ground mustard seed but that is optional. Rub the chicken with it and bake.
I just made this and enjoyed it. I’m as German as the day is long and have no objections to the seasonings. Summers cavorting with the naturists in the lake districts of Hamburg, evenings in Berlin pushing the boundaries of rough trade, this recipe is authentic as all those memories.
Donna John
I'm so happy you enjoyed it, MilkToast ! I thought it was delicious. Love anything "German." :-)
Louise Tul
How long would I cook using chicken breast?
Donna John
Depending on how thick they are, they cook much faster than bone-in chicken. I would check them at about 20 minutes or so.

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