Easy Spice Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

11 Feb

This is a simple recipe for chicken leg quarters if you don’t feel like standing in the kitchen for a long time before you eat your dinner.  (Or if you have a lot of other things to make, and you need to make an easy entree!)  What makes it simple is all it really requires is chicken leg quarters and a bunch of spice from your spice rack!  I chose chicken leg quarters because dark meat is actually my favorite, but you can choose other parts of the chicken too, just make sure to change up the baking times if you do.

Spice roasted chicken

Spice roasted chicken

Spice Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters
Spice Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

  • 2 Chicken Leg Quarters
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Herbes de Provence (If you’re unfamiliar, this is usually a mixture of fennel, savory, basil, thyme, and other herbs.)
  • Paprika
  • Chopped White Onion
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional, if you don’t like spicy, don’t add this one!)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil


0. Preheat oven to 425 °F.

1.  Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry.

Chicken leg quarters

Chicken leg quarters

2.  Mix all the herbs/spices together in a separate bowl.

Mixed spices

Mixed spices

3.  Rub mixture over chicken leg quarters and place in to a baking pan.

Rubbed chicken

Rubbed chicken

4.  Drizzle some olive oil over the leg quarters, and pop in the oven for 40-50 minutes.  Make sure you bake them until the juices run clear. I usually start checking the chicken a few minutes before it is done cooking to guesstimate how long it’ll take.  I also slice up the chicken pieces for 2 reasons: 1) to make sure the juice runs clear, and 2) I like the looks of it!

Spice roasted chicken

Spice roasted chicken

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10 Responses to “Easy Spice Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters”

  1. afracooking February 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I adore chicken (no exaggeration here – it has been one of my favourites since childhood) and I cannot have enough different chicken recipes. This one looks so simple and sooo tasty. Thank you for sharing!

    • Tina February 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      No problem! You can really throw any spice you want on there that you have in the kitchen, but this mixture was perfect for me :)

  2. Cat December 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Hi, was looking for a way to cook my chicken leg quarters and your recipe sounded tasty. However, how much of each spice did you use? I noticed you didn’t write down tsp or tbsp at all.

    • tsaitina December 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Hey there! I usually just add whatever ‘feels right’ but I would say that is about 1 tsp per spice. Of course if you like something more than another I would add more of it (for example, if you love garlic taste maybe go 1.5 tsp, and if you hate paprika, cut it out completely!) It’s up to you. Let me know how yours turns out!

  3. Charli May 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    We tried this recipe and have to say it’s amazing!!! I add atsp of each listed. For the herbes de Provence I use a tsp of fennel, savory, basil, and thyme! My husband a chef in the making and he even requests this recipe!!! Thank you!

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