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Italian Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

This savory, juicy and flavorful chicken is an easy and budget-friendly dinner the whole family will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper*
  • 3 chicken leg quarters bone-in and skin-on, about 3/4 pound each
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter** melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
  • lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking dish (or spray with cooking spray).
  • Combine Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder and red pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Remove any excess skin from chicken using kitchen shears (or very carefully with a knife).
  • Place leg quarters skin-side up in prepared baking dish. Brush evenly with melted butter, then drizzle with lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture evenly over chicken.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes (uncovered), or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear (will depend upon size of leg quarters).
  • Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon wedges before serving, if desired.

Notes

  • Foodsafety.gov recommends a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F for poultry.  
  • *Black pepper can be substituted for crushed red pepper.
  • **Olive oil can be substituted for butter.