You are going to love this easy roast chicken dinner. Leg quarters are an inexpensive option and provide a hefty portion for big appetites (we ate half for dinner and saved the rest for lunch the next day). For this preparation, I sear the leg quarters in olive oil then finish in the oven using a roasting pan with rack. The result, moist juicy meat with a crispy skin!
Tip **Place onion slices under chicken to keep it from sticking to a roasting rack, this works on the grill as well**
Dinner for 2
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- 2 chicken leg quarters (or 1 per serving)
- 1 large onion
- cooking spray
- olive oil for browning
- seasoned salt or salt free seasoning
Preheat the oven to 325º. Cut the onion into 4 thick slices. Heat a stainless steel skillet with olive oil and place the leg quarters skin side down for several minutes to get some color. Don’t crowd the pan, brown the leg quarters one at a time if needed.
Set up a roasting pan with rack. Mist the rack with cooking spray and arrange the onion slices, 2 on each side. Lay chicken over the onion slices and sprinkle generously with seasoning of choice, then paprika.
Insert a meat thermometer into the chicken. Bake for 1-1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 170º.
I served it with oven fries and green beans. An excellent meal!
Notes: ♪♫ The roasting pan you see in this post belonged to my mother. Never used, it passed down to me and decades later it became a part of my kitchen collection. Although I could not locate this exact model, here is a similar style pan that you can purchase.