Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe, here with a cheap and easy recipe for oven roasted chicken legs.
Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters – Easy and Delicious!
I probably make oven roasted chicken about 3 times a month, at least. Why? Because oven roasted chicken leg quarters are SO versatile and easy to find at cheap prices. And with this simple and quick recipe, you can keep the ready to go chicken in the fridge for any meal!
So see what I mean, I paid 77 cents a pound for these and they weren’t even on sale!
All you do is open the package, pat the chicken dry, and stick it on a cookie sheet.
Salt, pepper and olive oil is really all you need to top it with, rub in the olive oil into the skin. You can add any spice you like here, but don’t over think it. The skin gets thrown away and while the spices will flavor the chicken slightly, it won’t really do too much.
Pop it into a 425 degree oven for about 45 minutes. (internal temp of about 160 in the thighs).
(No need to put any water or chicken broth or anything in the pan.)
When it comes out, it’ll be beautiful and crispy and delicious just like that! Toss in some carrots and potatoes and this would be an excellent meal of roasted chicken leg quarters.
Or… do what I do and let it sit out for an hour or so, and then pull off all the chicken, stick it in a container and use it for lunches, snacks and quick meals later in the week.
Don’t forget to toss the bones in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for the next time you want to make chicken broth!
These roasted chicken leg quarters are SO easy, and they’re a great way to make your weeknight meals even faster and easier!
A few fun ideas of what to do with the pulled chicken:
– Reheat in a pan with some chicken broth and a teaspoon of cornstarch. Add in broccoli for a creamy chicken and broccoli dish that goes great with rice or pasta.
– Mix with a pesto sauce and put on sandwich with mozzarella cheese.
– Grab some tortillas and shredded cheese and sauté up some peppers and onions. Have optional toppings like sour cream and enchilada sauce and you’ve got a quick and easy burrito night!
What ideas do you have for your roasted chicken leg quarters? Let us know in the comments or look me up on Twitter at @NJFarmsScribe. I love anything that makes meals easier, so I’m always looking for new ideas!
Quick Reference Recipe for Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters:
- Chicken leg quarters
- Olive oil
Preheat oven to 425
Pat chicken leg quarters dry and place on dry baking sheet.
Top with salt and pepper and rub with olive oil.
Cook 45 minutes or until 160 internal temp of the thigh.
Eat as is, or tear into strips when cool!!