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

Slow Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 490kcal
Author: Edyta
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. 
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Equipment

  • Baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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!)

Nutrition

Calories: 490kcal | Protein: 49g | Fat: 30g