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Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

by Adina 24/11/2020 5 comments

roasted chicken leg quarters served with sweet potatoes on a vintage plate
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Last Updated on 24/11/2020 by Adina

Roasted chicken leg quarters in the oven. Tender and crispy baked quarters, a budget-friendly and delicious family meal.

plate with roasted chicken leg quarters

Chicken legs are our favorite cut of chicken. And roasted chicken leg quarters are our favorite way to eat them.

We love the breast too and I try to buy and use a whole bird whenever possible, but truth is, when it comes to cutting a whole roasted chicken, everyone seems to want to have the thighs or the drumsticks… So, very often I buy only the quarters, just to make sure that everyone is happy.

They are also the most affordable cut. They are less sensitive than the breast, so they are less prone to become dry when cooked and they have more meat on them than wings, so you will not have to buy so many to get your family satisfied.

tender chicken leg quarters on a plate

What are chicken quarters?

It is a whole chicken leg including a portion of the back, which is attached to the chicken thigh: Drumstick + Thigh + Portion of the chicken back = Chicken leg quarter.

A drumstick is also sometimes called a leg, but actually, when a recipe calls for chicken legs, I never think about the drumsticks only, I always assume that the recipe calls for a whole leg.

roasted chicken leg quarters, Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Do you have to wash chicken parts?

Always wash your hands, tools and kitchen surfaces immediately after handling raw chicken! And don’t bother washing the chicken parts, you will only contaminate your sink without getting rid of the germs, they will only be destroyed during the cooking process.

cut chicken leg quarters on a plate

How to bake chicken quarters?

The recipe is super easy, a basic recipe. It also uses only one main ingredient – the chicken leg quarters, a little butter and some spices.

Seasoning:

  • You can use pretty much anything you like. Salt and pepper are sufficient if that is all you have.
  • Otherwise, you can never go wrong with paprika powder, I prefer sweet Hungarian paprika powder, but hot or smoked or rather a mixture would be fine as well.
  • You can add some garlic powder and dried herbs like thyme and rosemary for a Mediterranean feeling, you can add ground cumin and coriander for an Oriental touch.
  • Curry or turmeric powder would be reminiscent of India and Cajun spices will give the baked quarters a Southern flair.
seasoned chicken leg quarters on a tray

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Melt the butter in a small pan. Add the salt, pepper, and spices, in my case sweet Hungarian paprika powder with a touch of hot paprika powder. (Amazon affiliate links)
  • Mix well.
  • Place the legs on a baking tray and rub them well on both sides with about ¾ of the spiced melted butter. Keep a small amount to brush them during the roasting time.
  • Bake, skin side up, for 15 minutes. Turn them on the other side, brush with some of the marinade and some of the cooking juices and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Turn again, brush with the remaining marinade and with some of the cooking juices and sprinkle with a little more salt and paprika powder on the skin side.
  • Finish baking for another 15 minutes.
chicken leg quarters in the oven

How long to bake chicken quarters?

  • I used rather large pieces, each weighing between 350 g – 400 g/ 12.3 -14 oz.
  • Quarters of this size need a total roasting time of 45 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If using smaller or larger legs, you will have to adjust the roasting time accordingly, until you reach the required internal temperature.
  • According to  USDA, the safe internal temperature of roasted chicken, either white or dark meat is 74  degrees Celsius/ 165 degrees Fahrenheit, measured with a meat thermometer. (Amazon affiliate link)
  • If not using a meat thermometer, pierce into the thickest part of the thigh, the juices should run clear. If they are still pink, give them 5 more minutes in the oven, then check again.
plate with roasted chicken leg quarters

How to serve?

The roasted chicken leg quarters are delicious served with most anything, it would be actually quicker to write what not to serve these with… probably pasta…

I love to serve them with roast potato wedges, smashed potatoes, either Jollof rice or a similar rice dish, potato salad, couscous, pan-fried sweet potatoes and so on.

When it comes to vegetable side dishes, any kind of salad would be great. Otherwise, how about some green beans almondine, red cabbage slaw, sauteed zucchini or buttered green peas?

plate with roasted chicken leg quarters

More chicken quarters recipes:

Oven Roasted Legs with Vegetables

Baked Quarters in Honey Mustard Sauce

Turmeric Chicken

Sticky Roasted Legs with Green Onions

roasted chicken leg quarters served with sweet potatoes on a vintage plate

Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Roasted chicken leg quarters in the oven. Tender and crispy baked quarters, a budget-friendly and delicious family meal.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the salt, pepper, and spices. Mix well.
  3. Place the quarters on a baking tray and rub them well on both sides with about ¾ of the spiced melted butter. Keep a small amount to brush them again during the roasting time.
  4. Bake, skin side up, for 15 minutes. Flip, brush with some of the marinade and some of the cooking juices, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Flip again, brush with the remaining marinade and some of the cooking juices, and sprinkle with a little more salt and paprika powder on the skin side. Finish baking for another 15 minutes, a total time of 45 minutes.
  6. If the quarters are smaller than indicated, reduce the roasting time accordingly.
  7. Check if the chicken is cooked through. If using a meat thermometer, the internal temperature of the chicken should be 74 – 76 degrees Celsius/ 165 - 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. If you don't have a meat thermometer, pierce the chicken in the thickest part of the thigh, the juices should run clear. If they are still pink, give the chicken 5 more minutes in the oven, then check again.
  9. Serve as suggested above.

Notes

  1. If using salted butter, adjust the salt amount required in the recipe accordingly.
  2. See blog post for more seasoning suggestions.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 chicken leg quarter
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 343mgSodium: 828mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 62g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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angiesrecipes 29/05/2019 - 11:48

They are a favourite too. My cats are pretty crazy about them too.

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Holly 30/05/2019 - 04:48

Such a classic meal! I like roasted chicken legs. You don’t need much to the chicken when roasting. I like the hint of paprika.

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 31/05/2019 - 14:18

These are a great easy weeknight meal. Chicken leg quarters often go on sale and you can get them for a great price making them an even better bargain! Thanks for all the great tips!

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Lolly 30/05/2020 - 06:29

I didn’t use the recipe so much as I needed to know how long to cook quarters. I basted my pre-seasoned quarters with olive oil and flipped them every fifteen minutes and they were perfect! Thanks!

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Adina 30/05/2020 - 08:05

Welcome, the recipe is only basic, all the rest is up to you. 🙂

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