How Long Do You Bake Chicken Leg Quarters?
Chicken quarters are easy to cook and sometimes you can find them on special offer at the grocery store. Whether you are buying fresh or frozen poultry it is worth learning the answer to “how long do you bake chicken leg quarters” and finding out how to give them maximum flavor.
There are two ways to flavor your leg quarters. One way would be to make a tasty marinade and let the poultry soak in there. Another way is to add flavor to the chicken leg quarters just before you cook them. Either way, you will need to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F so the chicken cooks perfectly.
Preparing Your Chicken
You will need one bird in four quarters. If you are going to add flavor to it just before cooking, rather than using a marinade, you will need to wash the poultry and pat it dry with paper towels.
If you are not using a marinade, you can add flavor a different way. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken and then toss it with a mixture of lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, dried herbs, and garlic. Creole seasoning is also nice with baked chicken leg quarters.
The Cooking Time
You will need to bake the chicken for about ninety minutes, turning the pieces once about halfway through the cooking time. When you think the quarters are ready, you can check by piercing a thick part with a fork and seeing whether the juices run clear. If so, the quarters are ready to eat.
The Best Chicken Quarters Recipes
Although there are plenty of ways to cook this cut of poultry, sometimes it pays to keep things simple. You cannot go wrong by rinsing the chicken under running cold water then patting it dry with paper towels, then rubbing olive oil all over it. Grind on a little salt and then put it in the oven. Not only does the salt add a nice flavor but it encourages the skin to get really crispy.
One of the best things about chicken leg quarters is that fantastic crispy skin, is it not? And everyone loves the skin! If it does not crisp up as much as you want, you can just broil it at the end of the cooking time to crisp it up. Keep an eye on it because you do not want the chicken skin to burn, just crisp.
Something else you can do is put a pat of butter under the skin of the chicken and perhaps some fresh basil or oregano. The benefit to doing this is not only to help crisp the skin but also because the skin will keep the butter in place. If you just put it on top it is going to drip down the chicken as it melts (about a minute after it goes into the oven) so putting it under the skin works far better.
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