Baked chicken quarters infused with a sweet and tangy orange sauce seasoned with garlic, olive oil, and pepper. Served with soft, flavorful yellow potatoes. This dish is oven baked for an hour to achieve a juicy and tender result. Super simple. Just 5 main ingredients!
This simple chicken and potato roast is delicious and super easy to make using just 5 main ingredients!
Chicken quarters are slow cooked along with yellow potatoes in a garlic-orange glaze producing moist and tender results!
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
These baked chicken quarters are infused with a sweet and tangy orange sauce combined with garlic, olive oil, and pepper. Then, it is served with soft and flavorful potatoes. The chicken is baked for an hour to achieve a juicy and tender result.
These roasted chicken quarters and potatoes are oven roasted in one pan for easy prep and clean up. However, this dinner could be made in the crockpot as well.
A warm and comforting dish with minimal effort!
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
This recipe is very simple, made with just 5 main ingredients!
Here's everything you'll need:
- Orange juice. Fresh squeeze is best but if you're in a hurry you can absolutely use store bought orange juice.
- Olive oil. You can use grape seed oil or avocado oil if you prefer.
- Chicken quarters. Chicken quarters, consisting of the leg and thigh, are flavorful and stay moist during cooking. These should be fresh or if using frozen, but sure they are completely thawed first.
- Potatoes. Yellow potatoes work well with this dish, however, you can use other potato types if you prefer. Make sure they are peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces.
- Garlic. You can use fresh cloves, minced, or paste. I do not recommend powder. Since garlic is a key flavor, using a stronger form of it really adds necessary flavor.
- Salt and pepper. I like to use sea salt. You can also use seasoned salt for another layer of flavor. However, regular table salt works just fine.
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
This could not be more simple to prep. Marinating is optional but encouraged for better flavor infusion.
Here's a look at the steps:
- Juice oranges.
- Mix together orange juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Marinate (optional) chicken in orange juice mixture.
- Peel and cube potatoes.
- Combine chicken and potatoes in a baking pan.
- Pour juices over top and bake.
- Check temperature of chicken then remove from oven.
- Let rest for 5 minutes then serve!
Very easy. See below for crockpot instructions.
★ Tips & FAQs ★
Making This Roast in the Crockpot
To make this dish in your slow cooker instead of the oven, simply preheat your crockpot to high. Add chicken, potatoes and orange juice mixture and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
Be sure to check the temperature of the chicken and texture of the potatoes to ensures it's fully cooked. Add cook time as needed if not.
Can I use boneless, skinless chicken for this recipe?
While you can use boneless, skinless chicken, it's recommended to use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces as they tend to yield a juicier and more flavorful result. The skin also crisps up nicely during roasting.
How long should I marinate the chicken?
Marinating the chicken is not required but is highly recommended for maximum flavor.
Marinate the chicken quarters in the orange-garlic mixture for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Do not marinate overnight. More than 4 hours and the acid in the orange will over tenderize your chicken, creating an unsireable, mushy texture.
Can I substitute sweet potatoes or other potatoes?
Yes, you can. You can use any kind of potato that your desire.
Sweet potatoes add a slightly different flavor profile, but they work well with the orange-garlic combination.
Other variations or potatoes will provide different textures and flavor as well. I prefer yellow potatoes with this dish but choose your favorite potato type.
Adjust cook time as needed, as different varieties of potatoes may require more or less cook time.
Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh ones?
You can use dried herbs if fresh ones aren't available. However, fresh herbs will add more flavor and aroma.
What's the purpose of letting the chicken rest before serving?
Allowing the roasted chicken to rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving helps the juices redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more succulent and flavorful dish! It's worth the wait. Cover with foil to prevent heat from escaping.
What pairs well with this dish?
You can pair this with a roasted green vegetable like asparagus, Brussels sprouts or broccoli. A side salad is also a great way to make this a complete meal.
Buttered bread or biscuits add a heartiness as well.
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Roast Orange Chicken Quarters with Potatoes
- 2 cups orange juice (about 6 oranges)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 4 chicken quarters
- 1.5 lb yellow potatoes peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, rosemary or basil
- fresh parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together orange juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and garlic. Add extra herbs if desired.
- If marinating, place chicken quarters into a large ziplock bag along with orange juice mixture. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.(Do not marinate overnight. Max 4 hours)
- Arrange chicken quarters and chopped potatoes in a 9x13 baking tray.
- Pour orange juice mixture over the chicken and potatoes. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚ and potatoes are fork-tender.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Cover loosely with foil to prevent too much cooling. Sprinkle with chopped parsley just before serving.
- If time allows, marinate the chicken quarters in the orange juice mixture for at least 30 minutes before baking. This enhances flavor. Do not marinate for longer than 4 hours or the chicken can over tenderize and become mushy.
- For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed orange juice instead of store-bought. It adds a natural sweetness and brightness to the dish.
- Make sure the oven is fully preheated to 400°F before placing the chicken and potatoes inside. This ensures even cooking from the start.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should reach 165°F (74°C). Also, ensure the potatoes are fork-tender. Cut potatoes small so they cook well along side the chicken.