The sauce is sure to wow you in these Asian inspired chicken leg quarters! So easy, and great on their own or over stir fry!
Don't you love it when you toss together a whole bunch of ingredients and it works?
Chicken legs have been going on sale quite frequently this summer so I scoop them up whenever I can. My husband and daughter do not mind this cut of meat at all, but I know others prefer the breast piece. That aside, chicken legs/thighs are great for family meals not only because they are cheap, but because they are super easy to work with and you can get really creative with the dressing.
I decided to make Asian inspired chicken leg quarters because I always tend to use balsamic vinegar or dried herb rubs on my chicken recipes. It was time to change things up! And I am so happy I did because the recipe was fun to make and it was accepted very happily by my family. Plus, my daughter loves mixing things, so this sauce was perfect for her to help me with. I try to include her as much as I can. You can never teach your children too early to cook!
Now, I made these Asian inspired chicken leg quarters in the oven using two different temperatures. I always worry about marinades burning, so this was one of the reasons for my method. However, I really think this recipe would be great on the BBQ. *When I updated this recipe I decided to for-go the marinating stage. It is best to cook the chicken a bit first for a crispy skin, and then place the sauce on!
Asian-Inspired Chicken Leg Quarters
Easy, quick, and truly delicious, these Asian inspired chicken leg quarters are great for a family BBQ or in the oven. A fantastic midweek dinner!
- 4 lbs chicken leg quarters, skin on, bone-in
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup soy sauce (use GF for gluten-free recipe.)
- 2 tbsp. chili garlic sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Freshly squeezed juice from half a lime
- 1 tbsp. coarse mustard
- ½ tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet for easy clean up. Pat chicken completely dry. Place onto pan and season with salt and pepper. Pop into oven and cook for 15 minutes.
- Combine all sauce ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a whisk to really breakdown that peanut butter.
- Remove chicken from oven and baste with sauce. Lower oven temperature to 375F and continue cooking chicken for 10 minutes. Remove and baste again. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until you reach 160F on your thermometer. Broil in the end for a crispier skin!
- *We served our chicken over stir fry!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1033Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 576mgSodium: 2567mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 116g
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Old Fat Guy
This chicken looks moist with a nice skin. Great post.
The Old Fat Guy
Thanks! And thank you for stopping by 🙂
My husband doesn't like chicken legs, but we eat baked chicken thighs almost every week - totally trying this! These look delish.
It is funny how people have their likes and dislikes of chickens (and I love how easily marinades transition onto other pieces of meat!)
Justine | Cooking and Beer
You had me at peanut butter on chicken. This looks fantastic!
Haha, this is what happens when you want to finish off your jar of peanut butter 🙂
Stephanie @ Back for Seconds
Oh my goodness. These look so juicy and perfect!
Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen
I love this big, meaty legs and that sauce is incredible! I use chili garlic sauce frequently and love that you added peanut butter!
Chili garlic sauce is so amazing! I try to use it more often (it really adds something to a dish without being overly spicy.) Thanks for stopping by!
Melanie | Melanie Makes
Love the addition of peanut butter to these chicken quarters, Kacey!
Thanks, Melanie! Peanut butter pairs so well with chicken.
WHOA! Those are some huge chicken legs!! There is just something about chicken and soy sauce.. it does wonders!
It sure does! Thanks, Beth 🙂
Cate | Chez CateyLou
I love Asian flavors - this looks so good! And I love that it is made all in the oven - so easy!
Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
These are beautiful! What a wonderful dinner this would make.
It made a fantastic dinner (and chicken legs are so cheap so it is great for people looking to save a bit.)
Love the addition of peanut butter on these leg quarters. They looks so tasty!
Haha, everyone is digging the peanut butter!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
We must shop at the same stores, as I now have a whole freezer full of leg quarters because of the awesome sales. I love this recipe. Anything Asian inspirited is perfect for me.
I know, Michelle! I find with all the sales, I have to come up with different marinades/dressings so my family does not get sick of the same cuts of meat 🙂
I love the seasonings on these - right up my alley!
This is interesting, can you taste the peanut butter in this recipe.
Haha, I am terrible because I actually could not try it since I do not eat meat, but I remember my husband remarking the flavours balanced nicely and you still got that nice peanut butter taste without being overpowering (you can always add more for a nuttier flavour!)