Slow Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Crispy Skin

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Learn how to make the juices with meat fall off the bones chicken leg quarters, while still achieving a super crispy skin. The secret to this amazing recipe is to roast the chicken on low and slow and then finish it off on a high temperature, to crisp up the skin. 

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We just came back from our amazing trip to Europe: Spain, Poland, and England (+ Wales) and admittedly we’re a bit tired. Traveling with two little boys and three(ish) countries can take a toll. Compound that with a touch of jetlag.

Anyhow, suffice it to say, we’re happy to be back home. That said, this trip proved to be a bit of culinary exploration for my husband and I. However, my boys were not quite as adventurous. During this trip, we found ourselves eating out all the time, but my kids wouldn’t eat anything else except for pizza or chicken nuggets…go figure.  🙁

In light of their hunger strike (save for pizza & nuggets), I knew that as exhausted as I was I needed to put some fuel and good nutrients into my little men when we returned. So I made my famous Cabbage Soup (and both boys devoured it). I also fell back on my go-to for spinach intake: Greek Spinach Rice (believe it or not, my picky eaters love it), and this slow-roasted chicken leg quarters, with a super crispy skin. Well, I think we are back on track.

Slow roasted chicken leg quarters on a sheet pan

Secret to Make Soft Chicken Leg Quarters with Super Crispy Skin

This recipe for Slow Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters is unique and different from my famous Oven Roasted Chicken Leg (Thighs and Drumsticks), which are also super delicious. If you are short of time and want to have a great chicken dinner then check it out.

But for this recipe, I used whole legs (quarters), which ensures it’s super juiciness. But then to make them fall-off-the-bone soft, they’re slowly roasted, while covered, for approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes (if they are small 1 hour & 30 minutes will be sufficient) on a low temperature (300F).

And then they’re finished off uncovered on a high temperature (425F) for 10-15 minutes, to get crispy skin (watch them because you want to have some juices left on the sheet pan and if they are getting low, add a splash of water). This part depends on your oven and how quickly it can go up.

The chicken is already fully cooked. You only want to crisp up the skin so cook them on high temperature to your desired skin crispiness and make sure that not all the liquid has evaporated because this sauce is super delicious! (IMPORTANT!)

This recipe is super easy and requires only a few ingredients. The only thing you need to have in abundance here is time. You’ll need two hours to make these slow-roasted chicken leg quarters. But, you’ll only need 5 minutes of the prep time (the oven does the rest).

My good friend Marta got this recipe from her friend and she makes it often. However, she roasts the chicken for 2 hours at 350F (1 hour and 40 minutes uncovered and 20 minutes uncovered). I tried both methods and I like lower temperature first, finished off at a higher temperature – so as that the skin doesn’t break up. Feel free to try both methods and let me know which one you liked more.

slow roasted chicken legs on a white plate

Ingredients Needed For This Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe

As mentioned above, this is a super simple recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken Leg Quarters – for this recipe use the whole legs instead of thighs or drumsticks; it will ensure the ultimate juiciness. I always buy organic chicken but it’s a personal preference, so feel free to buy whichever you’d like.
  • Seasoning – I only used salt, pepper, and sweet paprika. You can use kosher salt or table salt. I found that the table salt works really well for this recipe as it is very fine and it seasons the chicken evenly. I also used fresh ground pepper and sweet Hungarian Paprika. I love Hungarian paprika because of it’s very sweet and rich flavor, but feel free to use regular paprika (but not hot!).
  • Cooking spray – or a thin brush of oil on the baking sheet or roasting dish will ensure that the chicken won’t stick to the surface.

You’ll also need:

  • Heavy baking sheet or roasting dish

Close up shot of a slow roasted chicken leg quarter

How to Make Slow Roasted Chicken Legs

  • Pat dry your chicken. To ensure that you’ll achieve a super crispy skin, you need to remove any excess moisture from the chicken legs. Pat them dry on both sides before seasoning.
  • Season the chicken legs on both sides. The amount of seasoning will depend on the size of your chicken legs and personal preference. I would say that about 1/4 teaspoon on each (salt, paprika, and pepper) leg would suffice.
  • Preheat your oven. To slow roast the chicken leg quarters preheat your oven to 300F.
  • Prepare the chicken for roasting. Spray your heavy baking sheet or roasting dish with some cooking oil. Place your seasoned chicken leg quarters on top and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Roast the chicken leg quarters. Place the sheet with chicken in the middle rack of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 30-40 minutes. Then raise the temperature of the oven to 425F and remove the foil. Depending on how much juice the chicken produces, you may want to add a splash of water. You want the bottom of the dish to be covered with chicken juices (BTW, they ‘re delicious too). You may want to spoon over a bit of these juice on top of each leg and roast them for another 10-15 minutes until the skin is super crispy.
  • Serve warm. When you take the chicken out of the oven, it will be hot. Let it cool off a bit before serving.

What to Serve with this Roasted Chicken Legs

These chickens are kinda like the ‘black garment’ to your kitchen menu (i.e., anything really goes with it).  There are so many ways to serve these Slow Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters, so feel free to serve it with any of your favorite sauces or sides. Here are a couple of my suggestions:

Horizontal photo of slow roasted chicken leg quarters on a white plate

Other Chicken Recipes to Try:

Slow roasted chicken leg quarters on a white plate with sheet pan in the back

Slow Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Learn how to make the juices and meat fall from the bones of these chicken leg quarters, while still achieving a super crispy skin. The secret to this amazing Slow Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters recipe is to roast it low and slow and then finish it off on a high temperature, to crisp up the skin. 
4.91 from 20 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 490kcal
Author: Edyta


  • 6 whole Chicken Legs Quarters
  • 1.5 teaspoon Salt Table or Kosher
  • 1.5 teaspoon Sweet Paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoon Back Pepper Freshly grounded
  • Cooking Spray


  • Preheat your oven to 300F.
  • Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Pat dry your chicken. Season your chicken legs on both sides with approximately 1/4 teaspoon of each: salt, pepper, and paprika. Cover the sheet with aluminum foil and place it in the middle rack in the oven.
  • Roast the chicken covered in 300F for 1 hour and 30-40 minutes* (See Recipe Notes below)
  • Remove the foil, raise the temperature of the oven to 425F.
  • Spoon some of the juices over the chicken. If needed add some water to the sheet pan.
  • Roast the chicken on high temperature for another 10-15 minutes* (See Recipe Notes) Serve warm.


This recipe is for fall-off-the-bone soft chicken leg quarters. They're slowly roasted, while covered, for approximately 1 hour & 30-40 minutes (if they are small 1 hour & 30 minutes will be sufficient, if big add 10 minutes) on a low temperature (300F). And then they're finished off uncovered on a high temperature (425F) for 10-15 minutes, to get crispy skin (watch them because you want to have some juices left on the sheet pan and if they are getting low, add a splash of water). This part depends on your oven and how quickly it can go up. The chicken is already fully cooked. You only want to crisp up the skin so cook them on high temperature to your desired skin crispiness and make sure that not all the liquid has evaporated because this sauce is super delicious! (IMPORTANT!)


Calories: 490kcal | Protein: 49g | Fat: 30g
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    1. I have a convection oven and it automatically takes 25degres off the temp. Do I cook this on 275 or 300 the convection always confuses me

  1. 5 stars
    This looks incredible! I love chicken with crispy skin and appreciate your tip to cook it on low first, then increase the heat later. Thanks for sharing!

      1. If I use a shallow casserole dish, can I cover with it’s lid, rather than using foil? It is a snug fitting lid.

  2. Not sure about anyone else, but my attempt with this recipe resulted in over cooked chicken quarters. My oven temperature is properly calibrated, and I also use an in oven thermometer to double check the temps. I cooked the quarters covered at 300F for 1hr 40min as recommended, then uncovered at 425. I checked the internal temperature after 15 minutes uncovered and the legs were at over 200 degrees. Other oven recipes are typically right on the money in terms of temp / time, so I can only conclude there’s something amiss with this one.

    1. Hi Tony, thank you for your feedback. I make this recipe approximately once a week because my kids love it and it always comes out great. I think the problem here was that you were expecting a different dish from this recipe. This chicken is slowly roasted for a long time to be fall-off the bones. It’s fully cooked under foil and there is not even a need to check internal temperature. The method here is similar to slow-roasted beef when once cooked falls of the bones and you can practically shred the meat or cooking the meat in a slow cooker. The chicken legs are pretty fatty so the only way to overcook them is to dry them out, which is not easy to do. But I took your feedback into consideration and adjusted the recipe to add some more information. Once I bought smaller legs and needed to adjust the cooking time and the finishing up process on high temperature is only to crisp up the skin as the chicken is fully cooked. We like it very crispy so I normally keep it for 20 minutes and my oven doesn’t react very quickly. But if your oven goes up quickly to high temperature I would just keep an eye on a skin for 10-15 minutes and take it out. If you are looking for just roasted chicken legs you should make my other recipe for Oven Roasted Chicken Legs (Drumsticks and Thighs) (you can use the whole legs there but check internal temperature)

      1. Thank you for the explanation, Edyta. I will say it was very tasty, so I guess it’s all good. I will check out your other recipe, but for this one – next time you make it – could you let us know what internal temperature you get? I do see now that that’s not quite so important with this particular recipe, but I’d appreciate knowing. Thanks.

  3. Delicious and very tender. I altered the recipe a bit by adding 1 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of fresh minced garlic to the dry ingredients to make a paste and rubbing it on the chicken before baking.

  4. Used this recipe last night to cook two nice size leg-quarters. It turned out wonderful. This recipe WILL be used again!! I followed the instructions, except I didn’t measure the salt, pepper and paprika – just shook them on. Cooked in a 9 x 9 inch metal pan in the Toaster Oven for the same amount of time as you recommended. Did add about 2 tablespoons of water at the end, but off to the side, not on the chicken. Turned out wonderful. Exactly as advertised. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Feb. 7/2020 Made this excellent recipe and it is definitely a keeper. No brainer easy. Better than any restaurant or chef would make!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this, tasted great! A couple additions I’d recommend:

    – I used the rub/spice paste from your recipe here: (but even just S&P would be fine!)
    – Added 1-2 tsp of Bragg’s Soy seasoning (or liquid aminos) and scaled back the salt to adjust. You don’t want it to taste like soy or an Asian dish, just to give it a little something different. Umami I guess?
    – Added a couple sliced shallots at the bottom of the dish (sliced garlic would work too), and cooked 5 legs on top (with back attached) for 1 hour 45 mins covered
    – Removed dish, preheated oven to 450F, and added chunks of green pepper and red onion, scattering the pieces around the chicken, covering in the sauce (it made quite a lot of it!)
    – I didn’t get a crisp skin because I went for non-mushy veggies, so it took about 10 minutes
    – After letting cool for a few mins, I removed the chicken and melted some blue cheese in the juices, maybe 2 tsp or so, just enough for a small bite but not to tell that it’s in there or overpower anything
    – Served with I side of pasta, but would be great with rice or potatoes I’m sure

    Blue cheese is definitely optional, but I’d highly suggest the Bragg’s soy (I use it in so many things in place of partial salt) and adding chunks of veggies that you enjoy during the last 450F cook!

    Thanks for the recipe, you got a new follower.

  7. 5 stars
    So east, so good!
    I had 3 leg quarters to cook up in thoughts I would add the meat to some chicken stock I had made and saved.

    I thought I might just braise them but then found this. Yielded great tasking chicken and enhanced my soup with rich flavor. Followed the recipe for time even though I had fewer pieces. Worked great. I did not use the skin, but followed the crisping instructions because I thought it would add more flavor for the juices. Skimmed the fat off the reserved juice and added to my stock. Definitely adding to my “recipes to repeat “ folder!

  8. Hi, I have a roast option that I normally use for chicken quarters? Should I use regular bake or roast setting for this recipe?

  9. 5 stars
    We got some chicken leg quarters included with a local meat order and I had no idea what to do with them. I’ve avoided bone-in chicken for so long…well, you converted us. My husband and I really like this recipe. I just used a pre-mixed seasoning blend and at the end added some white wine chicken broth to the drippings for a quick gravy and added a side of broccoli. It was so easy for such great results. Thanks for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    This is now my favorite chicken recipe. My sons loved it too, and one is very picky about bone-in chicken. The chicken was fall-off-the-bone juicy, and the pan drippings made a perfect gravy to put over rice. So delicious and easy. Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Well, this looks amazing, and easy enough for me to do it.
    Going to give it a shot today. I’ll let ya know how it worked out.

    p.s. I brined my chicken quarters over night because,
    I wasn’t 100 percent sure what I was going to do with them.

  12. 3 stars
    The meat does indeed come out tender and the skin crisp. But I think it needs more flavor–maybe some garlic cloves in the roasting pan? I shook some Parmasen cheese on the finished product and spritzed it with lemon and that helped. A matter of taste.

  13. 5 stars
    This preparation was absolutely delicious. I roasted a tray of cut up butternut squash along side and also served this with your spinach rice (which I slightly altered for the instant pot). We enjoyed a fantastic, colorful, easy and nutritious meal. Thanks! I’m looking forward to trying many of your other recipes,

  14. 5 stars
    Hi. Made the dinner last night. I included sweet potatoes, broccoli and onion in the pan. Made a compound butter to coat the meat under the skin.

    Your roasting instruction is fantastic. The chicken skin was golden and crispy. The meat was moist and fall off the bone. Will never cook quarters any other way. Thank you!

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