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Roasted Chicken & Red Potatoes

Here's how long to bake chicken leg quarters. Pop this homey dinner in the oven for about an hour, then enjoy! It has so much flavor—the meat juices help cook the veggies just perfectly. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 6 chicken leg quarters
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place potatoes, spinach and onion in a greased shallow roasting pan. Add oil, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine.
  • Arrange chicken over vegetables; sprinkle with paprika and remaining salt and pepper. Roast on an upper oven rack 55-60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175° and potatoes are tender.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra-virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at lower temperatures.
  • Using baby spinach saves prep time because you don’t have to remove the tough stems of mature spinach. Some people prefer baby spinach’s tender texture in salads.
  • Check out our favorite 30-minute chicken recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 chicken leg quarter with 1 cup vegetable mixture: 449 calories, 21g fat (5g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 35g protein.

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    • homemaker27
      Mar 29, 2020

      My mom makes this quite often so she’s got me wanting to try it. If she doesn’t have spinach she uses fresh kale out of her garden. She let me try some and it was amazing. Now I’m making it today.

    • Dora
      Jul 11, 2019

      I needed way more salt than listed. I must be missing something, but this tasted so bland and sad I feel bad wasting so many chicken quarters with this recipe. Will not be making again, sorry!

    • Debglass11
      Apr 27, 2018

      Great recipe for a busy night! So simple to put together and the results are yummy. I used chicken drumsticks, since that's what I had on hand. I used smoked paprika and substituted dried parsley for the thyme. Baked a bit longer than an hour. Next time I might add some seasoned salt, too. One pan prep! Love that!

    • Victoria
      Apr 23, 2018

      My new go-to for a quick, delicious and healthy meal for the family! Kids love it! The juices from the chicken marinate the veggies and create the most delicious flavor. I've tried many different vegetables and they all turn out great, Carrots need longer roasting time, but that's it. Excellent and easy meal!

    • gunslinger
      May 24, 2017

      I made this for dinner because my store had leg quarters on sale and I had fresh spinach from my garden. I thought it was a very tasty ,easy ,economical meal. I think you could vary the vegetables depending on what you had on hand. The juice cooking out of the chicken made the potatoes and spinach very flavorful!

    • Susan
      Apr 11, 2017

      No comment left

    • Mnkplus6
      Nov 8, 2015

      I made adjustments I use garlic salt instead of minced garlic and sprinkledad on potatoes and chicken I also covered the dish with foil so chicken stayed moist. Instead of olive oil I used coconut oil. Dish was amazing all 6 kids liked it.

    • lshaw
      Oct 16, 2015

      Overall, this was Ok to good. Knowing our family expects more intense flavors, I added rosemary (always good with potatoes and chicken) and even a bit of Cajun seasoning. I increased the spinach for more nutrition. Even so, it was a tad bland. Like a few other reviewers, I also had to cook the casserole for an additional 20 minutes to finish cooking the potatoes. I used both white and dark meat chicken to please different members of the household and with the extra time added, the white meat came out dry. If I make this again, I will precook the potatoes for a few minutes in the microwave before mixing with the other veggies. Yes, there was quite a bit of liquid at the bottom of the dish but I had removed chicken skin, so it was just cooking juices. I just used a slotted spoon to dish out the veggies--that was no biggie. Not sure if I'll make again or not!

    • lindashadgett
      Jul 7, 2015

      Followed the instructions and it was nothing great.. Something is missing inthis recipe.. Very colourful but disappointing as far as flavor.. Will not be making again??

    • Desert Bruja
      Apr 15, 2015

      I was surprised how flavorful the chicken was with such simple seasoning. Found that 60 minutes wasn't quite long enough to cook the chicken quarters all the way through. The leftovers reheated well. It looks pretty in the casserole, too! Definitely making again, but adding more spinach.