Recipes Using Chicken Quarters

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August 28, 2018

finished Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes on platterI love making a large amount of roasted meats and veggies on a big sheet pan. It's such a time saver and it looks great presented on the table, as is, on the baking sheet. Gently smashing the potatoes before you put them in the oven allows the lovely meat and veggie juices to flavour them, while keeping them firm and intact. You can use any types of additional veggies you like along with the chicken and potatoes. I used carrots, celery, onions and garlic. This cost about $5 for 4 people. I like to serve it with a nice crusty rustic bread.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 chicken quarters
  • 1 tsp oil
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 one-inch pieces of rosemary sprigs
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 small onions, quartered
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 Yukon Gold potatoes
Chicken Quarterson cutting board


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lift the chicken skin and rub 1 teaspoon of oil on both quarters. Season with a bit of garlic salt and black pepper.
  2. adding herbs to Chicken Quarters
  3. For each chicken quarter, tuck in 1 piece of rosemary, 2 slices of lemon, and 1 sliced garlic clove underneath the skin.
  4. lifting skin to add lemon and herb to Chicken Quarters

  5. Place carrots, onions, celery, and garlic cloves in your baking pan and toss with 1 tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the chicken quarters on top and drizzle everything with juice of 1 lemon.
  6. Herbed Chicken Quarters on top of vegetables
  7. Loosely cover the pan with a piece of foil so the sides are a bit exposed. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  8. foil loosly covering dish
  9. While it's baking, place potatoes in a large pot and cover with lightly salted water. Boil for about 20 minutes, until you can easily stick a fork in one.
  10. steaming potatoes

  11. Thoroughly drain potatoes, the drier the better. Return potatoes to pot and use a masher to gently smash them so they crack on the sides.
  12. gently smashing steamed potatoes
  13. Remove foil from baking pan and add the smashed potatoes. Drizzle some of the juices from the bottom of the pan all over the potatoes. Bake another 20 or so minutes.
  14. adding smashed potatoes to chicken and veggies
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June 20, 2007

What is a good way (besides grilling) to use chicken leg quarters? They are so cheap when bought in bulk, but I need something different to do with them.

Cheri from Garland, TX


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June 21, 20070 found this helpful
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Cheri and Cookiepom:

Kraft makes a new salad dressing called "Asian Toasted Sesame". It is delicious on chicken! Brush it on your chicken and grill. Mix it with soy sauce or chicken broth and use it to marinate. Brush it on the chicken then roll pieces in bread crumbs, crushed peanuts, or crushed sesame sticks (don't use the kind with honey -- they don't crush, they turn to paste) and bake.


I'm sure you'll come up with lots of other ideas. Give it a try!

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June 22, 20070 found this helpful
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My son bakes the chicken until crisp, drains the grease and adds Lipton rice, or any your family likes, follow direction, and add a bag of frozen brocolli or any veggies, continue to bake on low. Wonderful and only one pan.

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June 22, 20070 found this helpful
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I make delicious chicken and rice soup with leg quarters, or just the thighs alone. Boil the chicken until the meat is falling off the bone; then pick out the bone, fat, skin and gristle, just leaving the good meat in the broth. Cook rice in the meat and broth, adding salt to taste, until done - yummy!


You do have to add water intermittently to this to have the soup the thickness you desire. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make as much or as little as you want, by adding more or less rice to the meat/broth.

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June 25, 20071 found this helpful
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I have the easiest crockpot/slowcooker recipe

Crockpot Pulled Chicken/Pork

It works as easily for chicken as it does for pork:


Chicken quarters/thighs/drumettes
Mesquite BBQ sauce (1 reg size bottle)
2 Large onions (whatever kind you like)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup water

Skin the chicken quarters
Par-boil chicken in salted water for 10 mins:


Dice onions

Place diced onions in bottom of crockpot
Pour on all of the sauce & water.
Into the empty BBQ sauce put the vinegar.
Shake the bottle well and pour into the crockpot
Stir the mixture well
Add the chicken.
Stir the mixture again.
Turn on the crockpot, cook for 2hrs on high
& 6 to 8hrs on low.

Can be served with rice, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, salad, pasta, egg noodles, etc. It is also great just pulled from the bones and served on whole grain buns with a green salad.

It is delicious, economical, and healthy.
Just for the record, any good spicey BBQ sauce will
work....we happen to like Mesquite :0)
Also, if you like peppers, you could add green, red, and/or yellow peppers to it.

Bon Apetite!!

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June 20, 2007

I have an abundance of chicken quarters in my freezer. There is only my husband and I but I would like some ideas on how to spice these up a little.

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