Chicken as food
Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world. Owing to the relative ease and low cost of raising chickens—in comparison to mammals such as cattle or hogs—chicken meat (commonly called just “chicken”) and chicken eggs have become prevalent in numerous cuisines.
Chicken can be prepared in a vast range of ways, including baking, grilling, barbecuing, frying, and boiling. Since the latter half of the 20th century, prepared chicken has become a staple of fast food. Chicken is sometimes cited as being more healthful than red meat, with lower concentrations of cholesterol and saturated fat.
The poultry farming industry that accounts for chicken production takes on a range of forms across different parts of the world. In developed countries, chickens are typically subject to intensive farming methods while less-developed areas raise chickens using more traditional farming techniques. The United Nations estimates there to be 19 billion chickens on Earth today, making them outnumber humans more than two to one.
Eve’s Chicken Quarters
Our BEST Chicken Leg Quarter Recipes
- 6–8 chicken leg quarters
- 2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons onion powder granulated onion
- 1 Tablespoon spicy ancho chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for rubbing on the chicken leg quarters
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil to fry the chicken leg quarters
Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dry the chicken leg quarter pieces thoroughly with paper towels after you rinse them under running water.
Place the chicken leg quarters in a pan and rub them with olive oil.
Mix together the seasoning mix in a medium bowl.
Sprinkle the seasoning evenly on both of the chicken leg quarter sides. Pat gently to make sure the seasoning sticks well to the chicken leg quarters.
Heat up 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a large heavy skillet using medium-high heat.
Cook the chicken leg quarters in two batches. First, sear the chicken leg quarters for two minutes on each side, just until the skin starts to turn a deep golden brown color.
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. This will make cleanup a lot easier.
Place a cooling rack on top of the aluminum foil. Using a cooling rack will ensure that your chicken leg quarters don’t sit in grease as they cook.
After searing your chicken leg quarters, move the chicken quarters to the prepared baking pan.
Pour the leftover cooking oil onto the chicken leg quarters.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, just until the skin is golden brown in color and extra crispy. Remember that ovens bake differently, so be sure to know your oven well.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure that your chicken leg quarters are fully cooked. The meat thermometer should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit (internal temperature). However, cooking chicken legs longer will result in a tastier chicken dinner. For this reason, keep cooking the chicken leg quarters until they reach an internal temperature of between 185 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the chicken leg quarters from the oven. Serve after allowing the chicken leg quarters to rest for three minutes.
Baked Chicken Leg Quarters (Plus VIDEO)
Baked Chicken Leg Quarters Marinade
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) garlic, finely chopped
- 2-3 teaspoons (4-6 g) onion powder
- 2 teaspoons (2 g) thyme, minced
- 2 tablespoons (8 g) parsley, minced
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) paprika
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) black pepper, freshly ground
- 3-4 tablespoons (42-56 ml) melted butter or oil
Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- 4 chicken leg quarters
- salt, to taste
- 2 pound potatoes and carrots, cleaned and cut into small chunks
Baked Chicken Leg Quarters Marinade
Preheat the oven to 375℉ (190℃). (If making immediately.)
Combine garlic, onion powder, thyme, parsley, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour in melted butter or oil and mix. Set aside.
Preparing the Chicken Leg Quarters
Wash chicken leg quarters and thoroughly dry with paper towels.
Place the chicken in a large bowl, salt to taste, then thoroughly marinade with garlic mixture. Repeat with potato and vegetables.
Refrigerate until ready to cook. The chicken will keep for about 24 hours in the fridge.
Line a baking pan with foil and insert a wire rack. Lightly coat the baking pan with non-stick spray. You can also bake it in a large 9×13 baking pan with potatoes next to it.
Arrange the chicken legs quarters in a single layer. Place potatoes and carrots underneath the chicken. The drippings from the chicken will slowly drip onto the vegetables, making them extra flavorful.
Ready for the Oven
Bake in a preheated oven until cooked through and the skin is crispy, for about 45-60 minutes or until the meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reaches at least 165℉ (74℃) when checked with an instant-read thermometer. (Chicken legs and thighs can handle a higher temperature than the breast, so don’t worry if it gets to 180℉ (82℃).)
Rotate chicken legs quarters halfway through-roughly 25 minutes. If it starts to over-brown, cover it with aluminum foil.
Remove from oven and serve with the potatoes and carrots. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes:
- Don’t waste the juice that collects at the bottom of the pan. That is what makes incredibly flavored gravy.
- Check to see if they’re done by inserting an instant-read thermometer in the meatiest part of the thigh, being mindful not to touch the bone.
- Cover the baking chicken leg quarters with aluminum foil if they start getting too brown before the inside is done.
- Use my pork brine recipe to brine the chicken leg quarters for an even juicier, tenderer dinner.
- Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.
WHAT ARE CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS?
Chicken leg quarters are whole chicken legs (thighs and drumsticks) that also have a piece of the back attached to them.
WHAT TEMP TO BAKE CHICKEN QUARTERS?
Bake chicken quarters at 400 degrees F. This gets the skin crispy and keeps the chicken juicy.
HOW LONG TO BAKE CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS AT 400?
Baking chicken leg quarters will take about 30-35 minutes, but it is best to use a meat thermometer, as the cooking time will vary a bit depending on chicken leg size.
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED INTERNAL TEMPERATURE?
Like all chicken recipes, baked chicken quarters are safe to eat once they reach 165 degrees F. However, because leg dark meat has more connective tissue than white meat, it will be more tender if you cook it to 170-175 degrees F [*].
- Store: Keep leftover roasted chicken quarters in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Reheat: Reheat in a 350 degree F oven for best results, or a microwave for a quick option.
- Freeze: Freeze cooked chicken in an airtight container for 2-3 months. Raw chicken leg quarters can be frozen for 3-6 months.
how long does it take for leg quarters to bake in the oven?
Most recipes have you bake quarters at 375F or even lower for over an hour, but for crispy chicken leg quarters, cook them at a higher temperature and shorter time! 425F for about 45 minutes will give you crispy skin and tender meat
The Best Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- 4 chicken leg quarters
- 1.5 lbs mini potatoes, cut in half
- 16-20 mini whole carrots
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 2 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a large oven safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, add the potatoes, carrots and olive oil. Toss to coat. Feel free to add some seasonings of choosing to the vegetables. I added just a bit of black pepper.
- Place vegetables in the baking dish, and place the chicken leg quarters on top of the vegetables.
- In a small bowl, combine the seasonings.
- Brush the chicken with some of the melted butter and sprinkle the blended seasonings on the chicken. Set remaining butter aside.
- Bake uncovered for 60 minutes. At the 55 minute mark, brush the chicken again with some of the remaining butter if there is some reserved. When the skin is crisped to your liking the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees (I prefer an internal temperature of 185F myself), it is done.
- Remove the dish from the oven and allow to rest for 4 minutes before serving.
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