Recipe For Chicken Leg Quarters

Recipe For Chicken Leg Quarters
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Recipe For Chicken Leg Quarters

Happy National Barbecue week and what better way to enjoy it than with a nice recipe for chicken leg quarters!

Under the current circumstances, we know it’s been very challenging being in lockdown all over the world, however National Barbecue Week has certainly made things a little exciting again! We don’t know about you, but we’ve both used our barbecue almost every single day this week and this recipe for chicken leg quarters has been a popular one on our menu!

A classic for any barbecue no matter the household, is chicken and as you already know for us our favourite is this recipe for chicken leg quarters !

As we go with the Simple Yummies mantra, it doesn’t have to be so complicated – besides the whole point of the barbecue is to sit outside and chill not have to do more work!

So today’s grilled chicken recipe is all about a quick and easy marinade that doesn’t need to sit for long and can pretty much go on the grill straight after marinating –oh yeh and must we also mention it’s delicious?!

So let’s get started… For the chicken, we have used chicken quarters. You can use any other parts of the chicken that you like, but for barbecue we definitely prefer to use this cut as it maintains the juice and keeps the chicken moist and enhances the flavour. This cut definitely does take a little bit longer to cook on the grill however it’s all worth the wait – promise!

Grilling Chicken Safely

We don’t know about you, but we love chicken in the Simple Yummies kitchen – it’s easy to cook, it’s an inexpensive protein and there’s lots of different combinations that go well with chicken. However as with most things, if the chicken is not handled and cooked properly, it can leave you feeling quite unwell

Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that your chicken is completely cooked all the way through so not only do you enjoy your chicken, but it doesn’t leave you regretting your meal afterwards.

If you have a meat thermometer, we would recommend you use it particularly when grilling to check the temperature of the chicken at its thickest point is cooked to a temperature that ensures it is safe to eat – just be sure to check the temperature of the meat and not the bone so it does not give you a false reading.

If you don’t have a thermometer, the NHS have provided recommendations on how to safely ensure that your chicken is cooked. The FSA recommend that chicken is cooked to a temperature of at least 70°C and remained at that temperature for at least 2 minutes abefore being consumed.

Recipe For Chicken Leg Quarters

For the barbecue, we used the Outback Magnum barbecue grill. This is a gas grill which allows us to regulate the temperature. If you do not have a gas grill, a normal charcoal grill will work just as well.
The whole point of a barbecue is to slowly cook your meat over an open fire and get a lovely chargrilled, smoky affect over your chicken which adds to the flavour!
So let’s get straight into our special recipe for chicken leg quarters because we’re sure that’s what you’re really interested in!

Grilled Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 People


  • BBQ Grill (or Oven Grill)


  • 1 tbsp Onions Salt
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Herbs
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Granules
  • 4 tbsp Nando’s Sauce Any other spicy/ mild chilli sauce is fine too
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Lemon (squeezed)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Large Chicken Leg Quarters


  • Place the chicken into a large bowl and put all of the ingredients into the bowl– onion salt, mixed herbs, garlic granules, paprika, lemon, olive oil, and Nando’s sauce.
  • Mix and rub all of the ingredients into the chicken including under the skin of the chicken ensuring that the marinade effectively covers all parts of each chicken.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for five minutes before placing the chicken on the barbecue grill. After about 20 to 25 minutes, flip the chicken over to cook on the other side insuring to brush any remaining marinade over the chicken.
  • Ensure your chicken stays on the grill cooking for between 35 to 45 minutes depending on your grill and until your chicken skin is nice and crispy. We grilled our chicken for 40 minutes on low-medium heat.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, take it off the grill and allowed to rest for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.
Keyword BBQ Chicken, Chicken Leg Quarters, Grilled Chicken

Disclaimer: Please note this article is intended for information purposes only and not advice. The guidelines for food safety might be different for your country, so please do check. This information is based on UK food safety guidelines.

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Please also check out our Chicken Kebab Marinade !