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Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters

Incredible Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters are crispy, slathered in barbecue sauce, and the perfect weeknight dinner. This juicy chicken is sure to leave you smacking your lips and licking your fingers. 

Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters

Making air fryer chicken leg quarters couldn’t be any easier. They are lovely for a fancy dinner party or when you are craving comfort food. The best part about this easy air fryer recipe is that I don’t even have to heat up the oven! (affiliate links present)

These pieces of chicken are so simple but the flavor is mind blowing. After enjoying them I knew I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you.

Once you taste them, you will want to add them to your regular recipe rotation. Even the picky eaters are going to be happy to devour them. 

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Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters

We eat more than our fair share of air fryer fried chicken, but I wanted something different. Boy, oh boy, were these a hit. I am kind of mad at myself for not making leg quarters much sooner. 

Let’s talk barbecue sauce for a second. I used Head Country, but you can actually use any sauce that you want. If you have a homemade sauce, go for it! 

The key is not adding the sauce until the last few minutes of cooking. Otherwise, you will have charred sauce and raw chicken. And that is no good for anyone. 

Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarter

I wanted to share some questions and answers to help you make bbq chicken leg quarters. 

Are chicken leg quarters white or dark meat?

Chicken quarters are dark meat. They are made of the drumstick and the thigh, which are both dark. White meat typically comes from the breast and wings. 

Because the chicken is dark meat, it’s going to be a lot more juicy and tender than white meat is. That is why these leg quarters turn out so amazing every time. 

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Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer?

Yes, you can but you need to be careful in doing so or it could affect how your food turns out. It’s important not to allow any foil to touch the heating element of the air fryer, which is usually located at the top. This can cause a fire. 

When adding foil, add it to the bottom of the basket. It needs to fit the space well and not have any overhang. Adding food on top of the tin foil will prevent it from flying around inside of the air fryer as it’s cooking. You are going to love how easy it is to clean up!

Never place aluminum foil underneath the basket. I understand that it’s very tempting, but it doesn’t allow for proper airflow. And when it comes to using an air fryer, the most important thing is the airflow!

You don’t need it at all for chicken quarters in the air fryer though!

Air Fryer Chicken Legs

What temperature is chicken leg quarters done at?

They need to reach 170 degrees internal temperature. For best results, use a digital thermometer and remove the meat from the air fryer.

When checking the temperature of the chicken, it’s vital that you don’t stick the thermometer against a bone. This will cause you to have a higher temperature reading than what the meat actually is. 

Once the chicken reaches 160 degrees, you can add the sauce and continue to cook. Then let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. As it rests, the chicken temperature will continue to rise. 

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NOTE: When cooking chicken in an air fryer, leg quarters specifically, you need to make sure not to overfill the basket. If you have a small basket, you will be able to fit one, and a larger basket will allow for more.

The pieces shouldn’t be touching each other, or it’s going to take a lot longer to come to temperature. 

Air Fryer Chicken Quarters

How to bake chicken quarters

You only need a few ingredients and don’t really need to use the sauce if you don’t want to. BUT let me tell you that it does take these over the top when you do lather that on.

  1. Thawed or fresh chicken quarters
  2. Olive oil spray
  3. Bbq sauce
  4. Salt and pepper (and or any other seasonings you love)

When you air fry chicken of any kind you really want to get a browned crispy skin right? Well using a hot air machine makes all the difference.

With the addition of the sauce at the end, you’ll get the moistest crispy chicken you’ve probably ever tasted.

Chicken Leg Quarters

Yes you can make “old fashioned” oven baked chicken but the small air fryer basket enclosure gets every inch super crunchy on the outside.

You could do the same thing with just chicken drumsticks but that would take less time, closer to 20 minutes total. This cut tends to be cheaper with more meat on the bone.

It doesn’t really make sense as to why other than some people are opposed to thighs in general, which is super silly.

Air Fryer Chicken

Here’s how we made them. There is a printable recipe card as well at the bottom you can keep handy. Use your Cosori, Ninja Foodi, or any other brand you might have at home.

For 5 quart sizes or larger you can fit 2 pieces, smaller will only fit 1 at a time.

Time needed: 38 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters

  1. Prepare

    Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Spray or brush olive oil on meat and season leg quarters with salt and pepper all over.

    Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and lay chicken in with skin side facing down.

  2. Cook

    Close basket and cook for 25 minutes, then flip both of them over and cook an additional 10 minutes cooking time at the same temperature. Ensure internal temperature at thickest part of the meat is at least 160 degrees at this time.

    Use a brush to add 2 tbsp bbq sauce to the top of each one. Close basket and set to 375 degrees F for 3-5 minutes until skin is crisped and sauce is browned.

  3. Rest

    Remove leg quarters and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving so they stay moist. Lather on more sauce now if desired.

Looking for other air fryer chicken recipes now? We have all sorts of other ideas like a Cornish hen in air fryer and lots more….

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I will start by sharing our air fryer teriyaki chicken above!! We make this a few times a month because it’s cheap, easy, and healthy.

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Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters

Perfectly crispy air fryer chicken leg quarters lathered in barbecue sauce that are tender inside. Your perfect healthy dinner has arrived.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken, leg quarters, ninja foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 58kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Spray or brush olive oil on meat and season leg quarters with salt and pepper all over.
  • Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and lay chicken in with skin side facing down.
  • Close basket and cook for 25 minutes, then flip both of them over and cook an additional 10 minutes at the same temperature. Ensure internal temperature at thickest part of the meat is at least 160 degrees at this time.
  • Use a brush to add 2 tbsp bbq sauce to the top of each one. Close basket and set to 375 degrees F for 3-5 minutes until skin is crisped and sauce is browned.
  • Remove leg quarters and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving so they stay moist.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nadine

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Loved this recipe! We used old bay and garlic powder with half garlic avocado oil and half red chili avocado oil. We will put this recipe in our rotation. Thanks so much for sharing.😋

The Typical Mom

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Oh yay

Judy

Friday 16th of July 2021

I tried this recipe recently in my air fryer. So moist, delicious and crispy. Thank you for sharing.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Glad it was a hit

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