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The chicken uses a spice rub of cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, dried thyme, smoked paprika, smoked salt and pepper. They are simple to make and packed with flavour! I prefer using bone-in, skin-on chicken, as they retain moisture and don't dry out in the oven plus the skin gets extra crispy as it bakes. As a matter of fact, I ate all the skin first from 4 quarters after baking...they are just the best. I guess I will have to do a few more rounds of burpees and starjumps to burn the fat off.

  • 4 / 1.2 kg Chicken leg quarters, bone-in, skin-on
  • 2-3 Onions, sliced, optional
  • 60 ml Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Smoked salt (or regular)
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked black pepper (or regular)
  • Parsley or chives, finely chopped for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil.
  2. Wipe the chicken quarters with paper towels and place them onto the baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the rub.
  4. Pour the paste over the chicken quarters and, using your hands, rub it well into the chicken pieces, on all sides. Place the onion slices around the chicken if using.
  5. Bake the chicken quarters until cooked through and juices run clear, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh herbs, and serve immediately. | © 2020 | | © 2020 | | © 2020 |


Martyna 28/8/20 08:54

This looks delicious:)

Mae Travels 28/8/20 14:05

Sheet pan recipes are so popular now — it is such an easy way to cook. I’m surprised you didn’t have some veggies cooking alongside the chicken to absorb the juices and spices.

be well... mae at

foodtravelandwine 28/8/20 15:57

The golden color is beautiful! the spiciness ........C

Kitchen Riffs 28/8/20 16:36

That's a nice rub! Loads of flavor. Perfect with chicken, too. I'm a real fan of the cooked skin, too -- so much flavor there. :-) Good recipe -- thanks.

Jeff the Chef 28/8/20 16:42

I can't believe how crispy and beautiful you got that skin! I will have to try it, even if it does require crossfit afterward!

Balvinder 28/8/20 17:34

Looks absolutely wonderful. I love a good roasted chicken i wish i could steal one quarter thru my monitor.

Ron 28/8/20 18:07

Don't you just love crisp chicken skin? I sure do, but try to limit my consumption. Your rub sounds wonderful and I'll be giving it a try, perhaps I'll put the your chicken recipe in my smoker...

Beth 28/8/20 18:16

These sound fantastic, Angie - I can practically taste them now!

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 28/8/20 19:14

Some of my absolute favorite spices! This chicken sounds fantastic!

Jeanette 28/8/20 20:35

I love the smoky spices you used - smoked paprika is one of my personal favorites!

Iwona 28/8/20 21:50

Looks so delicious :)

Evi Erlinda 28/8/20 23:28

They look tender and juicy!

Monica Hein ~ Beauty Diary 29/8/20 03:00

Just how I like my chicken. It looks really yummy

Rahul @ samosastreet 29/8/20 07:05

Beautiful photography Angie. I love that seasoning blend, sounds amazing and the chicken looks so spicy and delicious.

Królowa Karo 29/8/20 09:34

Spicy chicken is, what I love :)

Natalia 29/8/20 13:48

Yum, there is nothing better than baked chicken, wonderful meal!

Dahn @savorthebest 29/8/20 16:33

Lovely recipe Angie. I like that spicy rub, it is perfect with chicken

The Exclusive Beauty Diary 30/8/20 18:09

This look so delicious and your photos are amazing. I would like that I can try it through screen.

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Suja Manoj 31/8/20 15:40

Looks so delicious, spicy yummy chicken.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 31/8/20 18:39

I love crispy-skinned roasted chicken and the leg quarter is my favorite part too :) The rub you used sounds delicious!

Raymund 1/9/20 22:23

Thats a nice looking chicken! perfectly cooked with juicy insides. Yum!

tigerfish 1/9/20 22:38

I love using bone-in skin-on chicken - so much flavor! I will also do what you did - eat the skin right after roasting :p BTW, I also did a dry-rub spicy bake with chicken drumsticks recently - so easy and delicious. With dry-rub, the skin was even crispier!

Karen (Back Road Journal) 2/9/20 19:14

Angie, I haven't been able to comment for months on your blog but hopefully the problem has been fixed. I love the recipe and adding it on my Pinterest board.

afra 2/9/20 20:50

I love crispy chicken skin but am on a super healthy spell so made this recipe with the skin removed. It was really tasty. Loved the depth of the flavour. Only change I made was that I added some rosemary (by mistake but I think it worked) Thanks for the recipe!

Marcelle 6/9/20 01:48

I love the smoky spices in this rub, Angie! Crispy chicken skin is seriously delish, we eat it when it made right too. I'll take an extra lap around the track so I can enjoy it too lol :)

Noob Cook 9/9/20 08:10

In a roast chicken, my favourite part is the crispy skin too :p I totally love the medley of spices you used, your kitchen must be smelling so heavenly as the chicken is baking.


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