The Best Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Cooking chicken legs in the oven is simple, easy and perfect for a weeknight meal! Plus, the crispy skin is just amazing.

Cooked chicken leg quarters on a baking sheet.

I was in the local supermarket and chicken leg quarters were on sale. This is generally one of the most economical meats at regular price, but at a discount, this cut of meat is a cheap way to feed a family. Very versatile, these can be prepared many different ways, but my favourite is baking chicken leg quarters in the oven.

Everyone in our family absolutely loves roast chicken. This recipe cooks leg quarters with a method and seasoning that tastes just like roasted chicken. Coated in an herb and garlic Italian style seasoning, the skin is light and crispy yet the meat is juicy and will fall off the bone delicious.

A dinner plate with baked chicken, potatoes and mixed vegetables.

Why Are These Chicken Leg Quarters The Best?

  • Simple to make: These are perfect for those busy weeknight meals when you want to make something that is easy!
  • Economical: This is one of the cheaper cuts of meat you can find at the local supermarket.
  • Fall off the bone meat: Moist and tender, the meat will just fall off the chicken bones.
  • Crispy skin: the skin is to die for. It is crispy and full of flavour with all the seasoning. We often eat the skin first!
Raw chicken leg quarters in a glass bowl next to a smaller bowl filled with spices.

What Ingredients You Need For Baked Chicken Legs

  • Chicken leg quarters – these are the whole leg with the thigh and drumstick together
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Cayenne – there is just a little to give the seasoning a slight kick. Feel free to omit or even add more based on your preference.
  • Garlic powder

There is not much needed to prepare chicken leg quarters for the oven. While chicken legs can be split into both the drumstick and thigh, they are also great cooked and served whole. 

Expert Tip: Sometimes there is some excess skin and fat that wraps around the underside of the thigh. Trim that extra skin away.

Action shot of sprinkling seasoning on a raw chicken piece.

How To Season Chicken Legs

This baked chicken leg quarters recipe uses just a simple herb and garlic rub for the seasoning. I like to use a very simple seasoning that is mostly made up of salt, pepper and some dried herbs. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken, including the underside as well. 

Will Other Seasonings Work?

If you want to try something different, there are many different ways to spice and season the meat. Marinades, glazes and bbq sauces are great for chicken legs, and here are some excellent recipes. Feel free to try any of these below or make your own. If you create your own seasoning blend, please share in the comments below. I am always on the look out for different seasonings for chicken.

If you want to try some different seasoning, then try Sweet and Smoky Chipotle Rub, or Curry Rub. You could also use a marinade or sauce like Jerk Chicken Marinade, Greek Marinade for Chicken, or even Corona Lime BBQ Sauce.

Bake the chicken legs for 75 minutes.

What Type Of Tray To Place The Chicken On

Once they are seasoned, place the chicken on a baking sheet. I like to use a rack as it allows the heat to circulate all around the meat. Raising the chicken up a little prevents it from cooking in its own grease and juices. If desired, you could also place a sheet of parchment paper between the rack and the baking sheet. this allows for super easy cleanup afterwards.

Expert Tip: I have also used a stoneware rectangular baking dish for these baked chicken leg quarters and it also works very well. It is better for smaller quantities since you want to make sure that there is enough space between the chicken pieces. My preference though is still to use a baking sheet since I find the air and heat circulates around the chicken better since there are no sides like there is on a stoneware dish.  

Overhead image of cooked chicken pieces on a baking sheet.

What Temperature and How Long to Cook

Bake in a 375F oven for 75 minutes. I have tried different temperatures, both higher and lower and I find that 375F is ideal for getting meat that is fall off the bone tender as well as a skin that is rendered and crispy.

Expert Tip: I use my digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. Stick the probe in the fattest part of the chicken. I like to cook until the temperature is around 185F. At this point the meat will fall off the bone and has so much flavour.

A round white plate with cooked chicken, potatoes and vegetables.

Other Similar Recipes

Cooking chicken legs and thighs is very easy since they don’t dry out like breast meat. There are many different ways to cook and prepare this dark meat part of a chicken. Here are a number of other great recipes.

Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

Let the chicken rest on the bakers rack for a few minutes before serving.
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Easy recipe and instructions for baked chicken leg quarters with a simple Italian herb and garlic seasoning. Whole leg quarters include drumstick and thigh.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Trim the chicken legs of any excess fat.
  • Mix spices together in a small bowl. Generously rub the seasoning all over the chicken leg quarters.
  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet with a rack.
  • Bake for 75 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.


Per serving:

Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 24gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 693mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

Nutrition Disclaimer

This recipe was originally published in January 2020


Cooked chicken leg quarters on a baking sheet.

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  • 5 stars
    My husband really liked this and it was simple to make. I baked a couple of sweet potatoes along with the chicken.

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  • 5 stars
    I made this almost as the recipe directed , I slathered herbed olive oil on the meat then added the rub. It was fantastic! I liked cooking the chicken up on a rack and am excited to try different rubs.

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    • So glad that you enjoyed the chicken! It is very versatile and works great with different seasonings and rubs.

  • 5 stars
    This is a just in time recipe. Chicken quarters were popping up in the stores at great no-inflation here prices. I followed the recipe exactly as printed and the results were just what the title promised. I couldn’t wait for dinner and ate the skin right off the quarter. Crispy and full of flavor. The chicken itself was moist and perfect by itself but I used it for soup. I am making it again today and it will become sandwiches or chicken salad. This is a great alternative to turning your chicken into a blackened mess on the BBQ.

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  • 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe and the baked leg quarters were amazing, outside the skin was tasty and crispy and on the inside the chicken was so juicy, I will be using this recipe again. ❤️

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    • Thanks! So glad you enjoyed the chicken. I love the crispy skin as well.

  • Love this recipe. Chicken came out crunchy on the outside then juicy and tender on the inside . Thanks for sharing will be using this recipe for now on .

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    • So glad you enjoyed the chicken! Thanks so much!

  • 5 stars
    This was a great recipe, i used a spicy Italian rub, ( black pepper, salt, dried garlic, paprika, dried rosemary, cracked fennel, crushed red pepper,cumin powder, and cumin seeds)
    375 for 75 min. It turned out great !
    Thank you for your ideas and may God Bless !

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect oven time. I rubbed a little olive oil before adding seasoning. I also used a meat thermometer and baked until 165 degrees (ended up about 25 minutes less than the recipe called for).
    Then a 10 minute rest afterwards. It was the juiciest chicken legs I’ve ever made.
    Pared it with buttered white rice and mixed veggies. Perfect family meal.

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  • 5 stars
    This is a great basic, adaptable recipe. I wanted one where I didn’t have to sauté the chicken first—no need! I often use either a jerk spice (mixed with a bit of flour for coverage) or a Cajun spice mix also with a bit of flour, and the results are fabulous. I usually start the chicken at 400° and then turn down to 375°.

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    • Thanks Dennis. Yes, I often mix it up with different seasonings as well.

  • 5 stars
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  • The quarter legs were already marinated from the store. I just needed to know how much time was to bake. Thank you

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  • 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! Chicken is always moist with delicious crispy skin. The seasoning blend is fabulous! I always make extra seasoning (at least double the amount) and store in a container for future use. I add a little extra garlic powder just because of my affinity to garlic.

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    • So glad you enjoy the chicken! And extra garlic is always a good thing!

  • 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it was delicious. The chicken was juicy and flavorful. The only season I added was onion powder.

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    • Thanks for your comment. So glad you enjoyed the chicken.

  • 5 stars
    Very tasty and delicious.

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  • 5 stars
    Perfect! Juicy inside, tasty crispy outer! Love it! Adding to the recipe box now!!!
    Thank you!!

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  • 5 stars
    Easy and good. Skin was crispy and chicken was juicy.

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    • Thanks so much! so glad you enjoyed the chicken!!

      • 5 stars
        Exceptional taste, Easy to prepare. Everybody in the neighborhood loves it.

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        • Thank so much for your comment! So glad you enjoyed the chicken!

  • 5 stars
    I feel like I’ve tried various temps and peoples methods and this turned out awesome. Meat was super soft and juicy and the skin tasted like it was carmelized and crunchy at the same time. Saving this for next time!!! It’s worth the wait of 75 min

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  • Excellent , inexpensive , and easy clean up. Use foil under the rack.

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  • 5 stars
    This is a keeper recipe! The skin was absolutely crispy, the chicken was perfectly cooked all the way through and the meat was so tender. I traded out the spices for a simple blend of salt, pepper and paprika so I can’t give a comment on the taste but the chicken leg quarters I made were delicious with some basic ingredients. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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  • Caught a super sale on 10 lb bags of leg quarters for .99$ each on the day before expiration! Bought 2 and searched for a quick, delicious way to cook them up. I then deboned and shredded for freezer batch cooking. Found yours and it was delicious! 15 quarters yielded 14 cups of chicken for future meals from soups to tetrazzini! All in the freezer!Thank you! Susan

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    • Delicious and easy to prepare! I found chicken quarters on sale this week for $.99/lb. This is so versatile; will use for several different meals. Thank you!

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      • 5 stars
        I cook once a month for a church group that feeds the homeless. I cook about 50 leg quarters each time, using your recipe everyone loves them and can’t wait for “chicken day”! Thanks for a great recipe.

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  • Hi! Steve, I tried your baked chicken leg quarters on Sunday they were delicious. Thanks God bless

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