Tender Crockpot Chicken Leg Quarters

Are you ready to cook some succulent Crockpot chicken leg quarters? This budget-friendly and healthy meal is a favorite for many of us. While baking chicken leg quarters is great, sometimes we just don’t have the time. But fear not, because you can simply throw them into your Crockpot in the morning and let it work its magic!

Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters

If you’re feeling ambitious and have the time, there are several other delicious ways to prepare this cut of meat. With a Traeger, you can make smoked chicken quarters, perfect for those who enjoy cooking outdoors. However, smoking requires a bit more attention to ensure the meat doesn’t dry out. But if you’re looking for a hassle-free cooking experience, using a slow cooker is definitely the way to go.

Frozen Chicken Leg Quarters in the Slow Cooker

You’ll be surprised to know that cooking frozen meat in a slow cooker doesn’t take much longer, if at all. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true! Take our slow cooker frozen chicken thighs, for example. Initially, we cooked them for a longer period and they ended up being dried out. But when we cooked them the same way as fresh ones, they turned out amazingly tender and flavorful.

When it comes to seasonings, you have the freedom to choose what suits your taste buds. At the very least, add salt and pepper. You can also use Lawry’s seasoned salt or even red pepper flakes for some heat. Rub the seasonings under and over the skin to ensure that every bite is well seasoned. There’s no need for a sauce, but if you prefer to add BBQ sauce, do so before broiling for a delicious caramelized finish.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters

Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters with Potatoes

If you’re looking to incorporate potatoes into your Crockpot chicken recipe, we recommend using petite or baby potatoes that come in a bag at the store. Adding 1/2 cup of broth at the bottom of the pot will promote steaming from the beginning. However, this recipe does not require any liquid because the meat will exude broth as it cooks, creating its own steam.

To prepare this dish:

  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick spray (optional but helps prevent chicken from sticking to the sides).
  • In a small bowl, combine paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the dry seasoning under and on top of the skin.
  • Place the seasoned chicken in your slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours (or low for 6 hours).
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet.
  • If desired, brush on a sauce of your choice and broil for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken skin is nicely browned.

Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters with Potatoes

Should Chicken be Covered in Liquid in a Slow Cooker?

Absolutely not! You only need to submerge meat in liquid if you’re making boiled chicken legs. However, this results in rubbery and unappetizing skin. It’s best to avoid this method if you’re looking for tender, flavorful meat. When cooking any type of meat in a slow cooker, it will release juices, which will then create steam within the pot. This steam will cook the outer layers of the meat, resulting in a perfectly cooked dish.

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Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters

Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters

If you thought slow cooker chicken leg quarters couldn’t get any better, think again! It’s not just barbecue sauce that pairs well with this dish. We love teriyaki chicken thighs too, especially when we’re in the mood for an Asian twist. Slow cooking ensures the center of the meat is tender and moist. Afterward, you can add your sauce of choice and crisp it up to your liking. This method works just as well with bone-in chicken breasts.

If you prefer, you can also try using chicken legs and thighs separately. They take about the same amount of time to cook. Crockpot chicken recipes are truly fantastic. You only need 5 minutes of prep at the beginning and 5 minutes at the end (if you want to broil).

Leftovers from this dish can be stored for later enjoyment. Allow the chicken to cool completely before transferring it to a large freezer bag. Seal the bag and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat the chicken in an air fryer or use the meat to make a casserole or another tasty dish.


Q: Can I use fresh chicken leg quarters instead of frozen ones?

A: Absolutely! Fresh chicken leg quarters work just as well in this recipe.

Q: Can I use a different type of seasoning?

A: Of course! Feel free to experiment with different seasonings to create unique flavors.

Q: Can I add other vegetables to the slow cooker?

A: Yes! You can add your favorite vegetables to the slow cooker along with the chicken for a complete meal.

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Q: Can I use boneless chicken leg quarters?

A: Yes, boneless chicken leg quarters will work in this recipe too. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.


Cooking tender and flavorful Crockpot chicken leg quarters has never been easier. With just a few simple steps, you can enjoy a delicious meal that will impress your family and friends. The slow cooker does all the work, allowing you to go about your day while the flavors meld together beautifully. So grab your ingredients, fire up your slow cooker, and get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering dish from Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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