Baked chicken leg quarters on rack in roasting pan.

Crispy Baked Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe

Contributor: Christine Pittman

These crispy baked chicken leg quarters are so simple but delicious and can be served with so many different things.

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  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken leg quarters


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a small bowl stir together butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Set aside.
  3. Fit wire rack into large roasting pan. Place chicken legs on rack in a single layer. Pat each chicken leg dry with paper towels.
  4. Rub 1 tablespoon of the butter under skin and on top of skin of one of the chicken legs. Repeat with remaining chicken legs. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 teaspoon of the salt evenly over the tops and undersides of chicken legs.
  5. Place pan in oven. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F. Bake 15 minutes more or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken leg.
  7. Remove pan from oven. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.