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Chicken Quarters with Shallots and Olive Salad

A decadent meal that comes together with very little preparation, our chicken with shallots and olive salad is one of those recipes we know you’ll be handing down for generations to come.


Chicken Quarters with Shallots and Olive Salad with capers, parsley, garlic & Italian seasoning on a serving platter
Photography by Gayle McLeod

A Rare, Yet Memorable Recipe Using Chicken Quarters

We are always looking for new ways to transform chicken, and this recipe for chicken leg quarters with shallots topped with an olive salad is beyond. This is one of those recipes that is treasured and remade over and over again. It’s easy to throw together, but feels like an extra-special occasion when it’s made. This is the ultimate comfort meal that will have everyone at your table asking for seconds.

chicken quarters, salt, shallots, olive oil, olives, capers, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning & red wine vinegar in bowls

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This Chicken Quarters Recipe is Sweet, Salty, and Full of Flavor

Chicken with shallots is an ideal combination, especially when cooked together. The sharpness of the shallots is undercut by the juices in the chicken, and cooking them together on the same baking sheet creates a classic, mind-blowing combination (honestly, our mouths are watering just thinking about it). But the showstopper here is the addition of our olive salad. Two types of olives—castlestravano and kalamata—along with capers, garlic, parsley, a little Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and olive oil make the entire dish more than just your average chicken dinner.

chicken quarters patted dry, seasoned with salt and sliced shallots on a baking sheet ready for the oven

You Might be Wondering: Are Chicken Thighs the Same As Quarters?

The short answer is sort of. The chicken quarter is one of the most underrated cuts of meat around, often overlooked by its popular counterparts the breast and the thigh. The name comes from the fact that each section comprises one whole quarter of the entire bird. Each leg quarter consists of the thigh, drumstick, and part of the back of the chicken making this cut a hearty amount of meat when served. It’s relatively easy to prepare, and baked chicken leg quarters are some of the most flavorful, tender cuts of chicken you can make. If you have a hard time finding chicken quarters all on their own, feel free to ask your butcher! Have them cut a whole chicken up into quarters for you to ease up on some of that preparation once you’re in your kitchen.

olives, capers, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper being tossed in a bowl

How Long Should You Cook Chicken Quarters?

Another reason we love this recipe so much is because the preparation is so minimal. Most of the magic happens when the flavors come together in the oven making it a truly hands off miracle meal. All it takes is setting the chicken leg quarters on a sheet pan surrounding the sliced shallots so that the shallots can soak up all the juices while baking. The shallots will become sweet and tender by the time the dish is done. To make sure your chicken comes out with a golden, crispy crust, it’s important to pat it dry before seasoning with olive oil and salt. Place it in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, and it will come out perfectly roasted and juicy every time!

Chicken Quarters and shallots seasoned with salt that have been baked in the oven on a baking sheet

The Finishing Touch? An Unbelievably Delicious Olive Salad

Olives are a tangy, briny host of flavor all on their own. We created this muffuletta-inspired addition to our recipe for chicken leg quarters, marrying the crispiness of the chicken and melt-in-your-mouth magic of the shallots. Muffuletta is not only a type of bread, but it is the namesake for one of New Orleans most famous sandwiches that is known for its olive salad spread. This olive salad is a nod to that, but also just simply one of the best things we’ve ever eaten. It will last up to a week in the fridge, but we know you’ll be eating it so much faster than that because it’s just that good.

Chicken Quarters with Shallots and Olive Salad with capers, parsley, garlic & Italian seasoning on a serving platter

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Chicken Quarters with Shallots and Olive Salad with capers, parsley, garlic & Italian seasoning on a serving platter

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Chicken Quarters with Shallots and Olive Salad

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  40 min
  • Calories: 660


  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken leg quarters (thigh and attached drumstick)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup pitted Castelvetrano olives, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved or quartered
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  2. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Season all over with the salt. Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet, skin side up, leaving the center of the sheet empty. Add the sliced shallots in a single layer to the center of the baking sheet. Drizzle the shallot and chicken with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the shallots are tender, 35 to 40 minutes.

  3. While the chicken is roasting, in a medium bowl, toss the olives, capers, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, and the remaining olive oil, until coated. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. To serve, transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Arrange the shallots on top of the chicken. Top with olive salad.

Note: If you would like the chicken to have a bit of char, when it’s done baking, set the broiler to high and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories660
  • Protein37 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat56 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium724 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Chicken Quarters with Shallots and Olive Salad

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  • Anna ostlind

    I would try chicken thighs as quarters too big. Shallots burnt, so would either add them later or cook separately. Loved the olive salad.

    Hmm sorry to hear your shallots burnt Anna. We are glad you enjoyed it though.

  • Jenn D

    My husband loved this meal so much and asked me to make it every week!

    That's great to hear, thank you!