The Best Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

The Best Baked Chicken Leg Quarters made by simply roasting chicken leg quarters brushed with butter and seasoned at a low temperature for an hour and then raising the temperature at the end to crisp the skin.

I can’t wait for you all to make this super simple baked chicken leg quarter recipe because it’s simple, fool-proof, and the end result is simply delicious. Here’s why this recipe is awesome: you start with a simple and inexpensive cut of meat (I paid $.99 a pound for these) and you turn them into something amazing by seasoning them well and cooking them low and slow in the oven. After they bake for an hour, you crank up the oven heat, remove the foil they’ve been under, and let that skin get crisp and delicious.

When you are willing to buy and cook with the cuts of meat that seem like they take a little more time to make, you end up paying less and having a better tasting meal in the end. The skin and bones work their magic on the chicken meat. I know boneless skinless chicken breast is all the rage, but I’m here to convert you to chicken leg quarters (because you all already know my love of chicken legs). What I like about this meal, too, is that it is a set-it-and-forget-it meal. It’ll take you about 5 minutes to prep the chicken leg quarters for the oven and then you just let them cook. It’s a really hands-off recipe, which means you can be busy living life instead of being in the kitchen.

This recipe is great served with so many things. You can serve it with my favorite berry spinach salad and baked potatoes, you could serve it with any number of roasted veggies and potatoes au gratin, or you could keep it light and serve it with any of these 8 pasta salad recipes with a side of our favorite quick refrigerator pickles and some seasonal fruit. So many great options to pair with this simple chicken recipe.

The Best Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Tips and Tricks for Making The Best Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

  • When it comes to seasoning, you can go as simple as salt and pepper, you can use your favorite seasoning blend (like Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, Montreal Chicken Seasoning, Lemon Garlic, or anything else), or you can make your own magic season salt by combining 1/4 cup kosher salt, 4 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional. I just toss everything in a little mason jar, add the lid, and shake to combine. This is a great basic season salt recipe. It’s great on french fries and all kinds of meat.
  • Slow and low is why I love this recipe. By starting out at a low temperature, you give the meat time to cook and become tender. Finishing it off at a higher temperature makes the skin delicious and crispy. It might take a little while in the oven but you only have 5 minutes of hands-on time.
  • The juice that is at the bottom of the pan is super good, just FYI. If you are serving some kind of vegetable with this dish, I’d spoon some of the chicken drippings over the top or even make gravy for potatoes with them.
  • You can make this recipe with a different cut of meat, but it will affect the cook time. You’ll want to stick with a bone-in, skin-on cut, because they really help this to be a moist and flavorful dish. Use a thermometer to check your cut of meat if using something other than chicken leg quarters.

The Best Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

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The Best Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The Best Baked Chicken Leg Quarters made by simply roasting chicken leg quarters brushed with butter and seasoned at a low temperature for an hour and then raising the temperature at the end to crisp the skin.


Ingredients

  • 4 chicken leg quarters (about 3 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • Seasoning to taste, see notes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place the chicken leg quarters in the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet or a baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter and brush it over each chicken leg quarter.
  4. Sprinkle generously with seasoning of choice.
  5. Cover the pan with foil and bake for one hour.
  6. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes until the skin is crisped to your liking and the chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  7. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • When it comes to seasoning, you can go as simple as salt and pepper, you can use your favorite seasoning blend (like Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, Montreal Chicken Seasoning, Lemon Garlic, or anything else), or you can make your own magic season salt by combining 1/4 cup kosher salt, 4 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional. I just toss everything in a little mason jar, add the lid, and shake to combine. This is a great basic season salt recipe. It’s great on french fries and all kinds of meat.

Keywords: chicken legs, chicken leg quarters recipe, how to bake chicken legs, chicken drumsticks recipe, easy chicken dinner

The Best Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Hooray for easy family dinners that your people will love and you’ll enjoy making. I can’t wait for you to try this one with all your family-favorite side dishes.

Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

The Best Baked Chicken Leg Quarters made by simply roasting chicken leg quarters brushed with butter and seasoned at a low temperature for an hour and then raising the temperature at the end to crisp the skin.
The Best Baked Chicken Leg Quarters made by simply roasting chicken leg quarters brushed with butter and seasoned at a low temperature for an hour and then raising the temperature at the end to crisp the skin.
This easy chicken recipe is made by roasting chicken leg quarters brushed with butter & seasoning, then baking them in the oven until the skin is crispy. Yum! #chickenlegs #chickendinner #chickenrecipes
15 Responses
    1. Melissa

      You cover it for the first part of baking and then when you up the oven temperature, you uncover it to crisp up the skin!

    2. Rain

      Cover the pan with foil and bake for one hour.
      Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes until the skin is crisped

  1. Paul

    300 for an hour and then uncovered for 15 and let sit for ten… left me with partially cooked chicken.
    I thought 300 was too low and yup.

  2. Wade

    Thank you. My leg quarters are currently defrosting in the refrigerator, and I intend to prepare them this evening using your technique. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Jim Fernandez

    Recipe sounds good but the method is backwards. If you blast the meat @450 first your slow cook time will greatly benefit from the flavors generated by the Maillard reaction and you’ll have tastier chicken. I’d cook 15/20 high and 60 low.

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