Chicken-Leg-Quarters-Recipe

The Most Flavorful Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

These chicken leg quarters are seasoned with a wet rub and are infused with lots of flavors. They have perfectly crispy skin and juicy meat that is finger-licking good. It is a budget-friendly recipe that everyone in your family will love.

Chicken Leg Quarter Recipe

This past weekend, I visited my daughter for dinner, and I was immediately intrigued by the aroma in the kitchen. I asked her what smelled so good, and she told me about these Chicken Leg Quarters that she makes for her family. Her secret to this flavorful chicken was the wet rub she used. It was so delicious that I asked her if I could share this recipe with you guys, and fortunately, her answer was YES!

This wet rub consists of smoked paprika, chili powder, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and olive oil. These ingredients are packed with flavors and are key to what makes these Chicken Leg quarters mouth-watering.

To make the dry rub, I will give you measurements in the recipe card as a reference to follow, but the great thing about this rub is that you can add as much or as little of the ingredients according to your liking. For instance, I love the smoky flavor of paprika, so I added more to my mixture. You can use this on a whole chicken for baking or grilling, or you could even use this on vegetables. To make the wet rub combine all the spices in a small bowl and add the oil. Save some of the rubs for the vegetables.

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How to Make The Most Flavorful Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Step 1:  Pat dry the chicken and then proceed to rub the mixture on the chicken. I use my hands, but you can use gloves if it is more comfortable for you. With my fingers, I go inside the skin to season the whole chicken leg quarter. This-can-be-messy-but-I-promise-you-it-is-worth-it

This can be messy, but I promise you it is worth it.

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Step 2: Once your meat is coated with the wet rub, place them in a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes to an hour at a 400-degree Fahrenheit.

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Step 3:  Cut all the vegetables and place them in a baking pan. Using the rest of the seasoning, add that to the vegetables. Please place them in the oven after the chicken has cooked for about 20 to 25 minutes because these vegetables will not take long to cook. You can definitely cook the chicken and the vegetables together if you’d like.

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Look at these carrots and potatoes. They are exquisite.

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How about the chicken leg quarters out of the oven. They look juicy and delicious!

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Tips:

  • One important and I will say an essential step to achieving crispy skin in these chicken legs is to pat dry the chicken before adding the rub. Patting the chicken leg with a paper towel to remove the excess moister will help the rub stick to the meat.
  • I also suggest having the chicken room temperature, just a few minutes out of the fridge before seasoning. This will guarantee the meat to cook evenly.
  • When grilling, meats that are seasoned with rubs tend to burn when it contains sugar in them. No worries about this rub. It doesn’t contain sugar.

 A Finger Licking Delicious Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe

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Below you will find an easily printable recipe card. Please, feel free to leave any comments and/or suggestions. I would be delighted to hear from you all.

Until the next one…

Love E.S. asimpletweak

Chicken-Leg-Quarters-Recipe

The Most Flavorful Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Evelyn Savinon
These chicken leg quarters are seasoned with a wet rub and are infused with lots of flavors. They have perfectly crispy skin and juicy meat that is finger-licking good. It is a budget-friendly recipe that everyone in your family will love.
3.81 from 317 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner,, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 445 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 chicken leg quarters - (skin-on with bone)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika - (smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon salt - (I use kosher)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 8 red potatoes - (small)
  • 2 carrots - large(diced)

Instructions
 

  • To make the wet rub combine all the spices in a small bowl and add the oil. *Save some of the rub for the vegetables.
  • Pat dry the chicken and then proceed to rub the mixture on the chicken. I use my hands but you can use gloves if it is more comfortable for you. With my fingers, I go inside the skin to season the whole chicken leg quarter.
  • Once your meat is coated with the wet rub, place them in a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes to an hour at a 400-degree Fahrenheit.
  • Cut all the vegetables and place them in a baking pan. Using the rest of the seasoning add that to the vegetables. Place them in the oven after the chicken has cooked for about 20 to 25 minutes because these vegetables will not take long to cook. You can definitely cook the chicken and the vegetables together if you'd like. I just like my vegetables to be firm.

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Notes

Tips:

  • One important and I will say an essential step to achieving crispy skin in these chicken legs is to pat dry the chicken before adding the dry rub. Patting the chicken leg with a paper towel to remove the excess moister will help the rub stick to the meat.
  • I also suggest having the chicken room temperature, just a few minutes out of the fridge before seasoning. This will guarantee the meat to cook evenly.
  • When grilling, meats that are seasoned with rubs tend to burn when it contains sugar in them. No worries about this rub. It doesn't contain sugar.
  • *For the rub: All ingredients measurements are suggestions; you can adjust the number of herbs according to you and your family's preferences!

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 22gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1306mgPotassium: 1587mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4116IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Dinner,, easy
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**Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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139 Comments

  1. Carolyn Smyth

    Does the nutrition account for the carrots and potatoes in this recipe?
    Thank you.

     
  2. This was the best chicken I’ve ever made…hands down.. and super easy. Awesome recipe! I’ll be making it again for sure!

     
  3. This was absolutely delicious!!! We loved it! I did half the salt because we can add salt at the table but you can’t take it away. We thought it was perfect.

     
  4. Sooo good. Definitely a keeper!
    Whole family agrees!

     
  5. Tasted great and simple – family is requesting I make this again. I used a whole chicken that I quartered. I used 1/4 of the Chili for my kids, and did 1/2 smoked paprika and 1/2 regular, because I’ve found smoked paprika overpowering in the past. I didn’t try this with veggies.

     
  6. Marti Peddicord

    I’ve been making this chicken almost weekly for my mom and I. Both of us absolutely love, love, love it.

    I usually have zucchini to eat with it for me. Broiled in oven with the rub and my skinny mother likes new potatoes with rub. Thank you!!!!!

     
  7. I don’t have smoked paprika. Will the recipe be ruined by using regular paprika?

     
  8. Danielle Matarangelo

    Great recipe that the whole family loved! I may cut down the amount of salt next time. Thank you for sharing!

     
  9. Made this chicken last night. It was great. My husband loved it and I’ll make it again. My husband won’t usually eat meat with bones but said he would love this again. Success! Thank you for the recipe 😀.

     
    • Hi Louise, That makes me so happy. Thank you for visiting this site and trying this chicken recipe. This is the main reason I love to share. I hope you and your family stay safe and have a wonderful time during the coming holidays!

       
  10. Excellent chicken recipe. I used Pink Himalayan salt and Garlic salt since I did not have Garlic powder, baked at 400 for 40 minutes. Removed the skin off a couple pieces and flavor was still perfect.

     
  11. So simple and so flavorful. I omitted the chili powder and cut back just a dash in the black pepper to ensure that it wasn’t spicy for my toddlers. It turned out great. Usually the actual meat of chicken is so boring while all the flavor is on the skin. Not the case here. BONUS that I didn’t have to wait for marinating. I cooked mine until the chicken hit 190, for a more tender leg.

     
  12. This is a fantastic recipe. We love dark meat chicken and this is now one of our weekly “must have” meals! Thank you for sharing.

     
  13. This recipe was absolutely delicious and true to its name. Cooking time and procedure was simple and resulted in incredibly juicy chicken and addictively good crispy skin. (I used 2/3 of the recommended salt). Pairing with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, autumn braised cabbage, and a refreshing marzen made for a great meal. Will repeat!

     
  14. Is your nutrition label serving size for one leg quarter ? Also this recipe was delicious used a lot less salt though

     
    • Hi Ashley, yes is per 1 serving. What I love about this rub is that you can easily adjust the salt to your taste. thank you for giving this recipe a try!

       
      • Delicious and easy! My family and I like our veggies baked soft so I put everything together and baked it together. Nice flavor and so easy to put the complete dinner together. We baked carrots, celery and onion with the chicken and had mashed potatoes on the side. Very good meal!

         
        • Hi Susan, I’m so happy you enjoy this recipe. I will be posting more Quick and Easy recipes like this one. I know from experience how challenging and hectic life can be, and it is nice to have meal ideas that are easy to put together without spending hours in the kitchen. Make sure to subscribe to be notified of coming ideas, and Happy Summer. Thank you for visiting the site!

           
  15. Oh my gosh! I made this meal tonight, added some white rice, it was a hit! Even my very picky eaters at every last little bit. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe book. Simply amazing

     
  16. Hi Evelyn,
    I have made this twice now, and I love love love the flavors. I have to admit, I add some Sazon seasoning because I really like the color the annatto adds (decreasing the salt I add of course,) but other than that, I follow you to the letter and it’s amazing. Thank you.

     
  17. We just love this recipe! Question: Is it ok to rub the spices on it and then let it marinate until ready to cook?

     
    • Hi Terri, I have to be honest I have never waited more than 30 minutes after seasoning the chicken. I believe the more time you leave the rub on, the more intense the flavors will be. This is a very flavorful wet rub. I hope this helps. Please let me know how it turns out for you!

       
      • I patted the chicken dry and then rubbed the spice under and on the skin per the recipe. Life happens and I had to put it back in the fridge for about 4 hours before I could bake it. It was absolutely scrumptious! Thanks again for such a wonderful recipe!

         
  18. I made these for dinner and they were excellent. Nice and moist with crispy skin. Will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks.

     
  19. This recipe is amazing! The whole family loved it. Question? Would it be the same temperature for a while Chicken and how long to cook for?

     
  20. My husband is very picky when it comes to how his chicken is prepared. He loves this recipe! The whole family does! This recipe is easy, budget friendly and perfect for a quick dinner ( meaning under an hour :)). This recipe has made it to my recipe box! Thank you so very much!

     
    • Hi Elizabeth, Thank you so much I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe. Comments like yours make me and my family so happy. this is one of the main reasons we love to share our recipe ideas with all of you, my readers. Thanks!

       
  21. Cooking this right now for Sunday dinner and the aroma coming from the oven….Omg! I did cut up some squash to add to the carrots and potatoes! Thanks for such a tasty chicken treat!

     
  22. I’ve made this about three times already, everyone loves it! Hubby said “put it on the list! This is delicious “

     
  23. Finger licking is an understatement! This was the most tender and flavorful chicken I’ve ever made/had. Didn’t have carrots this time, but the chicken and potatoes on their own was super filling and delightful. Can’t wait to make this again – it was a hit with the family!

     
  24. Looks yummy. I’ll have to do this tonight. Is it spicy for kids?

     
    • Hi, It is not spicy, it is more in the zesty side, however, If you have any concerns I suggest reducing the amount of chili powder the first time you cook it and see how the kids react to that. When making this recipe for my grandkids I usually remove the skin of the chicken after is baked and just give the meat. They love it. Thank you for giving this recipe a try and please let me know how it turns out for you. I hope the kids like it. it tastes really good with some mash potatoes or with baked veggies. Don’t hesitate to contact me if any more questions!

       
  25. This chicken was great! My hubby, 2 year old and 10 month old all cleaned their plates!
    I served it with some egg friend rice (we had leftover rice) and some roasted carrots and beets from the garden.
    Yum!

     
  26. This is really good! I’ve made it several times recently. My family likes it. I even made it for my mother-in-law.

     
  27. Latoya S Naughton

    I did this with leg quarters and my son asked e to do it again. Now I’m trying with wings? Do I cover the chicken or no?

     
    • Hi Latoya, I’m so happy your son liked the chicken leg quarters. This is one of the most popular recipes here in the blog and one of my favorite as well. Thank you for giving this recipe a try or two:). The times I have made chicken wings using this rub I have not covered them. However, if that’s your preference, my recommendation is to cover them just for the first 15 to 20 minutes of cooking and then uncover the wings to get the crispy skin texture. I hope this helps and please share with me how it turns out!!!

       
  28. Anonymous

    This is the best chicken we’ve had in a very long time, we had it last night and are still talking about it tonight! Can’t wait to get more leg quarters and give it another go, amazing!

     
  29. Jenel Rainey

    This chicken recipe was a hit. All I heard at the dinner table was smacks and finger lickin!!
    . Slam dunk Sunday dinner