Learn how to make perfectly crispy baked chicken leg quarters in the oven. These oven roasted chicken leg quarters are super tender, juicy, and the spice rub adds so much flavor. It’s the only way to bake chicken leg quarters!
These chicken leg quarters recipes require only 5 minutes of prep, rub them with a delicious chicken seasoning, and let them bake at a high temperature until super crispy and golden.
Along with baked chicken breast, air fryer chicken thighs, air fryer whole chicken, and baked chicken legs, this is probably among the best chicken recipes. I’ve shared tons of chicken recipes on the blog, including baked chicken wings, cream cheese stuffed chicken, air fryer chicken tenders, or lemon garlic chicken.
This quick chicken recipe can’t get any easier, and it’s probably of the most delicious ways to cook chicken leg quarters in the oven. This blog post contains all the tips and tricks for baking chicken legs.
So below, we share with you how to make the best-baked chicken legs for a delicious family meal.
Watch this quick step-by-step video to see exactly how easy it is to make baked chicken leg quarters!
Why Are You Going To Love This Crispy Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe
- It’s an easy, simple, and delicious chicken recipe.
- Crispy and flavorful skin
- The chicken is super juicy and packed with flavor.
- Takes only 5 minutes to prep the chicken
- Packed with protein and perfect for dinner
Ingredients for Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
To make crispy oven baked chicken leg quarters, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients.
- Chicken Leg Quarters – I used skin-on bone-in chicken leg quarters. The skin becomes super crispy when baked, and the fat makes meat tender and juicy.
- Salt & Pepper – to taste.
- Olive oil – helps the seasonings stick to the chicken.
- Onion & Garlic Powder – I love to keep the seasonings simple.
- Red Pepper Flakes – to add some heat.
- Dried Oregano – use Italian Seasoning, or dried parsley will also work.
- Paprika – for an intense taste and flavor, you can also use smoked paprika.
How To Bake Chicken Leg Quarters
- Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees/ 204 C degrees.
- Prepare the chicken seasoning: In a small bowl, combine together all the dry rub ingredients.
- Prepare the chicken leg quarters: Pat dry the chicken legs with a dry paper towel. Brush them with olive oil and generously sprinkle with the seasoning mix on both sides.
- Bake: Place the chicken on an oven-safe cooling rack fitted over a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil for easier cleanup. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F on an internal thermometer.
- Rest and enjoy: Remove the chicken leg quarters from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite side dish.
Tips for Baking Chicken Quarters
- Bring the meat to room temperature. Remove them from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking.
- Baking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken quarters, so I recommend getting an instant-read thermometer to get the best results. Usually, it takes 35 to 45 minutes for the chicken to cook.
- Use the pan drippings to drizzle over the chicken for more flavor.
- Don’t be afraid to get creative and use your favorite spices.
- You can add some shredded parmesan cheese over the chicken legs 3 minutes before they are ready for a boost of flavor.
How To Serve
Along with these delicious chicken legs, you can serve different side dishes, such as:
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Air Fryer Asparagus
- Brussels Sprouts
- Your favorite Salad
- French Fries
- Cauliflower Rice
- Turnip Au Gratin
- Zucchini Fries or Zucchini Casserole
- Fridge: The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freezer: You can also freeze the leftovers in freezer bags for up to 4 months.
- Reheating: Reheat the chicken in the oven or the microwave until completely warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Chicken Leg Quarter?
A chicken leg quarter is a single piece that combines a chicken thigh, a chicken drumstick, and a portion of the chicken’s back. Simply put, it’s a piece of thigh-drumsticks with a piece of chicken back connected.
How Long To Bake At 400?
For the best results, use an instant meat thermometer to check for doneness. Usually, you can bake chicken leg quarters for 35-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
Do I Have To Use Chicken Quarters?
Definitely not. You can use any of your favorite cuts of chicken, including drumsticks, breasts, wings, or even a whole chicken. Just remember that the cooking time varies.
Can I Make Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters?
You can definitely air fry chicken quarters for a delicious result. Each air fryer is different, so I suggest reading your manual. Prepare the chicken as instructed in the recipe card below, and place it into the air fryer basket. Cook for 20-22 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
More Delicious Chicken Recipes
- Juicy Oven-Baked Chicken Breast
- Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa
- Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
- Easy Chicken Shawarma
Crispy Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/204 C and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on top.
- In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings.
- Pat dry chicken quarters with a dry paper towel and brush with olive oil.
- Generously sprinkle with the seasoning mix and use your hands to evenly distribute the seasonings on both sides.
- Place the chicken legs on the rack and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the skin looks crispy and the internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and rest for 5 minutes.
- It’s essential to use a cooling rack, or else the chicken becomes greasy and soggy.
- Line the baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup.
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.
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