Simple and delicious, these baked chicken leg quarters are cooked to perfection in the oven. Coated in a flavorful blend of herbs and spices, they’re an easy weeknight dinner option.
When I want a simple chicken dinner, I often reach for this baked chicken leg quarters recipe. Chicken quarters are perfect for a healthy and delicious dish that’s ready and on the table in under 40 minutes, with hardly any prep needed!
Table of Contents
- Simple but satisfying. Baking chicken might seem a little boring, but the combination of light and dark meat means naturally juicy meat every single time (hello, cornish hen).
- Bursting with flavor! I coated the chicken in a delicious blend of oil, herbs, and spices, yielding epic crispy skins and mouthwatering flavors (Similar to my chicken lollipops or grilled chicken drumsticks).
- A versatile dish. Feel free to change up the seasonings to customize the flavor here. As for sides, it’s up to you! Baked chicken quarters go well with pretty much anything, from scalloped potatoes to fresh green salads to green bean casserole.
Aside from the chicken, you’ll just need an assortment of seasonings to make this recipe. Here’s an overview:
- Chicken leg quarters. This hearty cut of bone-in dark meat is made up of the chicken drumstick and thigh. It’s a pretty substantial cut of meat but very affordable, so it’s great as a dinnertime protein.
- Olive oil. Good ‘ol olive oil is my trusty companion when I want gorgeous and golden baked chicken. You can use unsalted butter or another mild flavored oil.
- Seasonings. I seasoned the chicken with a blend of brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and onion powder. Feel free to switch things up and use what you have on hand or any of the ideas in the Variations section below.
How to bake chicken leg quarters
I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1 – Season the chicken. Pat your chicken quarters dry with paper towels. Mix the seasonings with olive oil in a small bowl, then brush the spice mixture over the outside of each chicken leg quarter.
Step 2 – Bake. Place the seasoned chicken quarters on a lined sheet pan and bake until they’re crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside. Enjoy!
What should you serve with baked chicken quarters?
When I’m craving a classic meal, I’ll serve my baked chicken leg quarters with roasted potatoes and carrots, air fryer brussels sprouts, or cauliflower mashed potatoes. I love a side of hot honey sauce, spicy mayo, or Big Mac sauce for dipping, too!
Recipe tips and variations
- Always dry your chicken. Use paper towels to soak up the excess moisture on the outside of the chicken quarters before seasoning and baking. It’s the key to crispy skin!
- For extra crispy chicken legs. Consider baking the chicken on a wire rack placed on top of a baking sheet. This gives the dry heat of the oven a chance to touch every piece of skin, yielding crisper results.
- You’ll know when the chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat once it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. To check for doneness, insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken when they’re almost done cooking to ensure they’ve reached a safe temperature.
- Avoid dry chicken. I found that covering the baking sheet with aluminum foil traps some of the moisture and prevents the chicken from drying out.
- Consider marinating. Soaking the chicken quarters in my chicken marinade or chicken drumstick marinade for at least 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours for maximum flavor) will add lots of delicious flavors.
- Use a different cut of chicken. This oil and poultry seasoning blend can be used to flavor just about any cut of chicken, from breasts to tenders to thighs! Just be aware that different cuts of chicken will cook at different rates.
- Experiment with other seasonings. Add some heat with red chili flakes or cayenne pepper, stick to a store-bought poultry seasoning, use an Italian seasoning blend, or borrow from other cuisines and season with ingredients like cumin, garam masala, or gochugaru.
How to store leftovers
To store: Allow the oven-baked chicken leg quarters to cool, then transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
To freeze: You can freeze the leftover chicken for 2 to 3 months. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
Reheating: Place the quarters on a baking sheet and cover with foil, then bake at 350ºF until heated through. You could also microwave leftover chicken quarters in a pinch.
More oven baked chicken recipes you’ll love
- Baked Chicken Breast – If you prefer white meat, these baked chicken breasts are a fantastic option for another quick chicken dinner.
- Baked Chicken Tenderloins – An easy and low-maintenance cut of chicken that works as a blank canvas for pretty much any marinade or seasoning!
- Oven Baked Chicken Wings – Skip the deep fryer and make these crisp and perfectly seasoned wings instead.
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs – Always a favorite for dinner, baked chicken thighs feature moist and juicy meat with the most delicious crispy skin.
Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- Preheat the oven to 175C/330F.
- Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel.
- Combine the spices in a bowl, pour the olive oil over it, and mix well.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the chicken on it. Pour the spices over the chicken and spread it well from all sides.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
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