Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters are the most delicious budget-friendly dinner! Roast chicken is so delicious, and with an easy spice mixture, they're super flavorful too!
You'll love this baked chicken leg quarters recipe! This easy weeknight dinner uses simple seasonings and basic ingredients.
Chicken quarters are a super affordable chicken cut of meat. If you're never bought them, it's the chicken thigh connected to chicken drumsticks.
These thigh-drumstick pieces have mostly dark meat, resulting in juicy meat that is so delicious. Oven roasting chicken is a super simple method of cooking, but the delicious flavors can't be beat.
Pair this chicken recipe with some simple side dishes and you've got an easy mail for the whole family!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Here's why you'll absolutely love this Oven Baked Chicken Quarters recipe.
Delicious - This recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love!
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a sheet pan to make this recipe. How easy is that?
Versatile - You can make this baked chicken leg recipe with rice and roasted vegetables for an easy weeknight meal! Or, shred the chicken and add to tacos or chicken noodle soup.
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Baked Chicken Leg Quarters - You'll need 4 chicken legs for this recipe.
- Olive Oil - Regular Olive Oil, not extra virgin olive oil. You can also use canola oil or vegetable oil.
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Chili Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
Let's make this easy recipe together!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with aluminum foil.
Pat chicken dry with a paper towel to remove the excess moisture. This helps ensure crispy skin on the chicken thighs! Rub chicken with olive oil and place on the prepared baking tray in a single layer. You can also place them on a wire rack to get the chicken skin extra crispy!
Combine the spices and sprinkle dry rub seasoning over the chicken pieces.
Bake chicken in the hot oven, skin side up, for 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170F with a meat thermometer. I highly recommend doing this to ensure your chicken is at a safe internal temperature!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some helpful tips and tricks for this easy dinner recipe.
Double the Recipe - Make double and freeze fish or box up in containers for meal prep throughout the week! This recipe is great for meal prepping and leftovers because it reheats really well and pairs with many side dish options.
Complete the Meal - Serve this with creamy pesto pasta and a salad with balsamic vinaigrette for a complete meal.
Utilize Leftovers - Use leftover chicken in tacos, rice bowls, or use the bones to make homemade chicken broth!
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Sheet Pan - A high quality sheet pan will not only last, but it will improve your cooking! This one is commercial grade and super high quality.
Serving Platter - Serve baked chicken leg quarters on a large serving tray like this one for a great presentation!
Leftover Storage - I like to shred leftover chicken and store in these glass containers.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Extra Crispy Chicken - Make this chicken recipe extra crispy! Sear chicken before adding to the baking tray for an extra crispy and flavorful dish.
Seasonings - You can add additional seasonings to these baked chicken quarters. I recommend adding Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, lemon pepper seasoning, or any seasoning mix you have on hand.
Chicken Cut - You can use this recipe as a guideline for chicken breast or a whole chicken. Just vary the cook time based on size and be sure to check doneness with a meat thermometer before eating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Chicken leg quarters take 30-35 minutes to cook in an oven at 400 degrees F. The cooking time will depend on their size - the chicken is fully cooked at 170 degrees F.
Cook chicken leg quarters until they reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.
No, don't cover chicken legs while baking. Allowing them to be uncovered allows them to properly roast and achieve crispy, golden brown skin - the best part!
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm.
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Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- 4 chicken leg quarters
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Pat chicken dry. Rub chicken with olive oil and place on prepared baking try. Combine garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over chicken quarters.
- Bake chicken, skin side up, for 30 minutes. Broil for 2-3 minutes on high to achieve a crispy skin.