Simple Chicken Quarters!

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Simple Food is the best! If you’re a kitchen FNG we’re here to give you some well deserved Basic Kitchen Training.

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These Butter Roasted Chicken Quarters aren’t fussy and complicated. They take a little time..just like all good relationships. But you can get these ladies on your table in about an hour with minimal effort and ingredients.

First, what’s a Chicken Quarter?

Chicken Quarters are simply a quarter of the chicken. That means chicken are cut into four major parts. If you don’t have a mutant chicken then there should be two each of these identical cuts.

  1. Chicken Breast and Chicken Wing (white meat)
  2. Chicken Thigh and Chicken Drumstick/leg (dark meat)
The “Chicken Quarter” is the thigh and leg, still attached and typically sold skin on and bone in. This is a flavorful and economical cut of chicken. Easy, right!?

These are great for new cooks. Why? Because it’s hard to screw these up. You can cook the crap out of these and they stay moist and tender.

Here’s how to do it right the first time!

Equipment needed:

  • Oven
  • Oven safe baking dish 9×13

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken quarters, pasture raised is best
  • 2 oz grass-fed butter, Kerrygold is a good choice (maybe a little more butter if you like…there’s no rule here!)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. poultry seasoning, organic (any seasoning or rub you like works here)
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

The How to: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place chicken quarters in the oven safe dish. They can be a little snug. Just don’t let them overlap.
  3. Pat the chicken skin dry with a paper towel if it’s a little wet.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoning generously over the chicken quarters. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. *If your seasoning contains salt then go light with the salt here*
  5. Dot the butter all over the chicken. That just means cut it up and drop it all over the chicken. You can melt it and pour over the chicken if you prefer. But we are getting to the basting part!
  6. Place the chicken in the oven and set a timer for about 10 minutes. Pull the pan of chicken out and spoon the melted butter over all the chicken.
  7. Return the pan to the oven. Roast for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan of chicken and again, spoon all the liquid over the chicken quarters. Return to the oven and roast for an additional 15 minutes.
  9. You should have deliciously crispy skinned chicken at this point!
  10. When you serve the chicken spoon a little of the pan drippings over the chicken again. It’s just more flavor! We also spoon these drippings over whatever vegetables we’re having.
That didn’t take much effort at all. Eating good food isn’t complicated. If you start with quality ingredients you don’t have to fuss with your food much. There’s nothing to do but enhance the great flavor that’s already there.

So don’t be scared to cook up a batch of these crispy and delicious chicken leg quarters! They make great leftovers and you can feel good about what you’re eating!

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