How Long Do You Bake Chicken Leg Quarters?

Chicken leg quarters are a great cut of chicken having a slightly more moist and succulent area of meat than the breast meat. But just how long to you bake chicken leg quarters for?

Given the legs have a much smaller surface area to cook once detached from the whole chicken, the cooking time is drastically reduced. For an average sized pair of chicken legs you will expect to roast them for around 45 to 50 minutes in a hot oven around 220 degrees. Why not make up a home made chicken seasoning to coat your roast chicken legs and give them that extra spice?

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Below is one of my favourite chicken seasoning recipes which derives from a Creole/Cajun source and is quick, easy and in most cases you will have the ingredients within your spice cabinet. Simply make up a batch and keep it together in an airtight jar for later use.

Creole/Cajun Chicken Seasoning Mix

* Quarter of a cup of salt
* 3 Tablespoons of Garlic granules or powder
* 3 Tablespoons of black pepper - grind it fresh for maximum flavour
* Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (give it some more if you like, this is down to your preference)
* 1.5 Tablespoons of paprika

Simply place you chicken legs and a couple of table spoons of the spice in a plastic bag. Blow into the bag softly to inflate whilst closing thereby trapping the air inside like a balloon. Shake gently to fully coat your chicken legs thoroughly. Place on a baking tray and bake the chicken leg quarters as above until cooked through.

How Long Do You Bake Chicken Leg Quarters?

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