Mama’s Portuguese-Style Oven-Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Portuguese-Style Oven-Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Yes, that’s right, I’m back with yet another one of my mother’s yummy recipes.  You’re very welcome! 🙂

Today, I’m sharing her recipe for Portuguese-Style Oven-Roasted Chicken.

Let’s not waste any time, and just get into it!

For this recipe, we are using 4 skin-on chicken leg quarters with the bone, that have been rinsed in water, then rinsed in vinegar, and with any unwanted fat removed.

Portuguese Style Oven-Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

To make this dish, you have to start by marinating your chicken.  Here’s how to prepare the marinade:

Place your chicken leg quarters in a tray that they will marinate in.  Sprinkle each leg quarter with about half of your garlic powder, then smear the chicken skin with half of your pimento paste and add half of your vinegar.  You will then flip your chicken and repeat the above step on the other side with the remaining amount of these ingredients.




Once you have done this, you want to massage the marinade into the chicken to ensure the leg quarters have been entirely well coated.

You will let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours.  Of course, the longer the marinating time, the more flavour the chicken will have.

After marinating, place the leg quarters into a baking tray lined with parchment paper (for easy cleanup).  Don’t discard of your excess marinade just yet!

Add your margarine to leg quarters, massaging margarine into chicken to ensure leg quarters are coated well on both sides.




Top the chicken with your remaining marinade, again ensuring all sides are coated well.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Bake your chicken, uncovered for 1 hour and a half.  Turning your leg quarters over half-way through.  It is important that you baste your chicken throughout (perhaps every 20-30 minutes) to ensure your meat remains moist and flavourful.

To confirm your chicken is done, insert a meat thermometer into thickest part of each leg quarter and the internal temperature should read at least 165F.

Portuguese-Style Oven-Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Let your chicken stand for a few minutes prior to serving.  And, serve with a fresh salad and mashed potatoes.

This recipe may also be used with a whole chicken.

Mama’s Portuguese Style Oven-Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Portuguese
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 skin-on chicken leg quarters with bone, rinsed in water then rinsed in vinegar, unwanted fat removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sweet pimento paste
  • 4 tablespoons margarine (or unsalted butter), softened
Instructions
  1. FOR THE MARINADE: Sprinkle each leg quarter with half of your garlic powder, smear skin with half of your pimento paste and add half of your vinegar. Flip then repeat on other side with the remaining amounts of these ingredients. Massage marinade into chicken to ensure leg quarters are entirely well coated. Let marinate for at least 2 hours (the longer the marinating time, the more flavour the chicken will have)
  2. After marinating, place leg quarters into baking tray lined with parchment paper (for easy cleanup). Add margarine to leg quarters, massaging margarine into chicken to ensure leg quarters are coated well on both sides. Top with remaining marinade, again ensuring all sides are coated well.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake chicken, uncovered for 1 hour and a half. Turning leg quarters over half-way through. Baste chicken throughout (perhaps every 20-30 minutes) to ensure meat remains moist and flavourful.
  4. To confirm chicken is done, insert meat thermometer into thickest part of piece and the internal temperature should read at least 165F.
  5. Let stand for a few minutes prior to serving.
  6. Serve with a fresh salad and mashed potatoes
Notes
This recipe may also be used with a whole chicken.

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