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Baked chicken leg quarters with a mixed salad.
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Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

These easy, crispy baked chicken leg quarters are perfect for quick weeknight dinners. Learn how to cook tender chicken quarters with crispy skin with minimal effort!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken legs, chicken quarters, easy, healthy
Servings: 5
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Tonje


  • 2 pounds chicken leg quarters (4-5 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat your oven to 400 F / 200 C.
  • Dry the chicken quarters with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Then, add them to a bowl along with seasoning and olive oil, and mix until the chicken pieces are evenly coated.
  • Place the chicken leg quarters on a sheet pan fitted with a cooling rack.
  • Bake the chicken quarters in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes. Then, increase the temperature to 475 F / 225 C, and continue to bake for about 10 minutes.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 170 F / 77 C. If the chicken isn't quite there yet, bake it for another few minutes and check again.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven, leave it to cool down for a few minutes, then serve.



  • Store leftovers in a refrigerator for up to 3 days. Use the cooked chicken cold in salads or sandwiches, or reheat it in an oven or microwave, and serve warm as an entree.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg