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.

This past weekend I went to visit 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. All of 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 the 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 rub 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. 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. Look at how juicy and delicious they look!

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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 to 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

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.

Course Dinner,, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Dinner,, easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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Recipe 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 to 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 amount of herbs according to you and your family's preferences!
Nutrition Facts
The Most Flavorful Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1306mg54%
Potassium 1587mg45%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 4116IU82%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

**Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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102 Comments

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

     
    • Evelyn

      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!

       
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        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!

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

     
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    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?

     
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    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!

     
    • Evelyn

      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!

       
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    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!

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

     
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    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!

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

     
    • Evelyn

      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!

       
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    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!

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

     
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    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?

     
    • Evelyn

      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!!!

       
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    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!

     
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    Jenel Rainey

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

     
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    Lindsey R

    This was delicious!! I’ve always been too intimidated to do chicken quarters but wow! I followed recipe exactly.

     
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    Great recipe! I’ve made this several times and I love it so much. The only thing I do differently is I cut the salt in half in the rub. It tasted a little too salty for me to use 1 full tablespoon. But other than that small thing, this recipe rocks!

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Greg, Thank you for giving this recipe a try, I’m glad you like it. One of the things I love about this rub is how easy you can adjust the ingredients to your liking.

       
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    I made these last night and definitely enjoyed them from the oven but the real win is the amazing flavour they have in a sandwich as leftovers! Excellent recipe! Will be adding it to my rotation.

     
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    It’s in the oven. It was very easy to put together and after just a couple minutes in the oven smells great! I didn’t have chili powder and I eyeballed the amounts so I hope it tastes as good as it smells! I am
    Doing the vegetables differently but otherwise I’m looking forward to eating it tonight!

     
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    This. Was. Excellent! I followed the general gist of the recipe: absent Italian seasoning, I mixed my own with basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, garlic, and shallot powders. I used the seasonings, but didn’t measure any amounts – I did make sure tho to season under the skin. And since I was lazy and didn’t want to go downstairs to get a bottle of wine for the liquid, I used a small jar of artichokes with liquid, poured over the chicken parts, and added some water. It still came out amazing – even my “no I don’t like chicken skin” hubby ate the crispy skin! Thank you for inspiring me on a day when I was all out of it!

     
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    This was AMAZING! My husband was sneaking taste tests while I was finishing up the sides. It’s definitely going in the rotation. Thank you!

     
    • Evelyn

      Thank you, Amy. I’m so happy you and your husband liked this recipe. I will keep posting more easy and delicious dinner ideas!

       
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    I forgot to ask this I my last comment but what are the portion sizes of the chicken and vegetables? I see the calories but is it just for the chicken? If so how much chicken and how much of the veggies as well as the calories of those, thank you!

     
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    I want to make this but I’m confused, do I leave the chicken cooking after the 40 minutes along with the vegetables? So after the chicken is done cooking it continues cooking longer with the veg? I just want to be sure I do this right!

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Rissa, after 20 minutes of the chicken baking in the oven I put the vegetables in to cook as well. The total cooking time for the chicken is 40 to 60 minutes depending on your oven. As for the vegetables, I decided to cook them for only 20 minutes as I like my veggies crunchy. However, you can cook the chicken and the vegetables together if that is your preference. Let me know if this helps!

       
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    Evelyn you wondrous goddess of wooden bunnies, poultry and potatoes. You have helped me rise to fame in an animal crossing community, and have thus indirectly changed my life by somehow convincing people to give me my dream villager for free with a picture of a meal that cost less than $10. So pretty good recipe

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Kat, This really made me laugh out loud. I had to ask my kids about animal crossing, now I have to know who is your dream villager? so happy that one of my meals is making an impact in the virtual community lol.

       
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    Deborah Freeman

    Easy and full of flavor! A new family favorite.

     
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    3rd time making this since Quarantine began! So so delicious!

     
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    This was super easy and delish – a new family favorite!!!

     
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    Delish! A little on the salty side for my taste but definitely a keeper!

     
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    I tried this recipe and loved it! I subbed poultry seasoning and garlic powder for the Italian seasoning and chili powder. I’ve never tried using a wet rub before, and now I’m a convert. Thanks for this!

     
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    Hi there! Can I use regular paprika instead of smoked? I don’t really care for Italian seasoning so would it be okay to skip that ingredient? What can I use instead of it? There’s a spice in there I don’t like but can’t figure out which one it is. Planning to make it tonight for my picky kiddos! Thanks!

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Gabriela, yes you can definitely use regular paprika and skipped the Italian seasoning. Please let me know how it turns out!!!

       
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        Hi there! Came out pretty good! I left the potatoes/carrots just a few minutes longer. The chicken was good at 40 minutes, though it probably would have been ok to leave it a little longer. Both of my kids ate the chicken. One of them usually eats chicken, while the other rarely does. The one who eats chicken, doesn’t care for potatoes so she only had a little bit of the potatoes and carrots. My youngest ate some of the potatoes and carrots. Meal time is a struggle lol. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

         
        • Evelyn

          Awww, Thank you, Gabriela. Yes, I’m noticing different preferences, especially with the potatoes. My son prefers them to be cooked a little longer as well while I like them to be firm. I totally can relate, my 10-year-old is a picky eater and yes, mealtime can be a struggle. I love to share any tips and tricks that work for me at home to help others. let me know if there’s anything you will like to see here at a simple tweak and I will be glad to help!

           
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            No problem! I grew up eating a lot of soup (I’m Romanian). Any good soup recipes that your kids will eat?

             
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          Making this again for my second time!!

           
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    Making for dinner tonight !

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Kimberly, I’m glad you are trying this recipe. Let me know how it turns out. If you can, take a picture and use #asimpletweakrecipes to share on Instagram!

       
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    Anonymous

    Roasted in two separate pans. Will definitely make again but recommend putting vegges in pan with chicken.

     
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    Bought all the ingredients and making tonight for dinner for the family.

     
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    Hi,
    My chicken came out delicious, i added Broccoli to the vegetables. Thanks so much for Sharing

     
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    I was looking for easy and it couldn’t have gotten much easier than this….the taste was what surprised me…AMAZING! The fact that it extended to the vegetables was a dream for this Mom…everyone loved it and it will definitely be making it’s way to the table again.
    Thank you!

     
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    Theresa Morgan

    making this tonight- thanks! I do find it odd that it says total cooking time is 30 minutes, & the potatoes & Carrots do not go in until after 20-25 minutes. In my experience, the potatoes will take at least 20 minutes (with turning half way) for them not ot be still kinda hard, raw.
    I will put them in after about 10 minutes, & cook the whole dish about 40-45 minutes…..any thoughts?

     
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    This was one of the best tasting chicken recipes I have ever made. I’ll be making it again soon.

     
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    Will definitely try this for Sunday’s lunch.Your idea is very simple and that is what I greatly appreciate.

     
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    Anne Mizera

    Made this tonight and it was a hit. One change: I cooked the chicken quarters @ 375F for an hour, then basted the chicken pieces with juice in the pan. Returned the chicken to a 400F oven for 15 more minutes. I saw that cook time on another chicken leg quarter recipe, with the increase in temp at the end to help crisp up the chicken. Next time — and I will definitely make this again — I will cook it as written. Thank you!

     
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    Sandra Porretta Morra

    Made the chicken legs only had substitute onion powder for Italian seasoning and cayenne for chilli pepper. I’m guessing the nutrition information is for vegetables as well? Is there any way to find that for just chicken?

     
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    Trying this tonight for my picky eaters!
    I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Could you also marinate the chicken with the rub? Or does it actually need it? 🙂

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Sarah, I’m happy you are giving this recipe a try! If you want you can marinate. I like to leave the rub as the skin of chicken will get crispy and flavorful. If you are worried about your kids not liking all the spices showing on the chicken, I will suggest to remove it after cooking. I hear you, my son is a peaky eater as well and I just remove the skin. I hope this answers your question. Let me know how it turns out!

       
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    Jan Luedeman

    Wow! Easy and delicious!! In my make again list , I doubled but will make quadruple … goes quickly!

     
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    What can I use to substitute the smoked paprika if I don’t have any?
    Thanks!

     
    • Evelyn

      Hi Jaelene, you can use cumin and even cayenne pepper. These are the two I have used. I hope this helps. Please let me know how it turns out and thank you for trying this recipe. Happy 2020!

       
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    I see something green. Is there celery or green onion in there?

     

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