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Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

Using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs provides extra insurance against dryness in this easy, oven baked crispy chicken thigh recipe.


crispy skin-on bone in baked chicken thighs on a baking rack

Baked Chicken Thighs—Sounds Boring, Actually Isn’t.

When you bake skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs in the oven, the skin crisps up beautifully, holding in all of the flavorful juiciness of that rich, tender dark meat. It’s pure, roasted chicken thigh magic and requires almost no skill. In fact, cooking crispy chicken thighs in the oven is a much easier skill to perfect cooking than chicken breasts, because thighs—especially if they’re skin-on—have more fat and therefore are less inclined to dry out.

Perfectly Crispy Chicken Thighs Thanks To...

Egg whites! A simple egg wash applied right before baking is the secret to making sure that these oven baked chicken thighs have perfectly browned, crispy skin. Whip your egg whites until they’re super frothy, and then brush them onto your seasoned chicken thighs with a pastry brush. Crispy chicken thighs, guaranteed.

raw chicken with a bowl of egg whites and small wooden bowl of salt, paprika and pepper

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Five Ingredients, Endless Possibilities.

We season our crispy chicken thighs with salt, pepper and a little paprika for color and a hint of sweet-smokey flavor. This recipe is all about versatility and is designed to be used as a master recipe—bake a big sheet pan of chicken thighs and store them in the fridge for use throughout the week. You can serve them as-is with a big salad and some good bread, or these oven-baked crispy chicken thighs are delicious in:

large mixing bowl with raw bone in skin on chicken thighs seasoned with paprika, salt and pepper
baking sheet lined with foil with bone in skin on chicken thighs seasoned with paprika, salt and pepper
basting brush brushing fluffy egg whites on seasoned bone in skin on chicken thighs
baking sheet with crispy bone in skin on chicken thighs

How To Bake Chicken Thighs:

Roasting chicken thighs in the oven until they’re tender, juicy and crispy is a skill that’s easy to master. Crank your oven up to 450°F (and then down to 425°F) and get cooking! It’s as easy as:

  1. Season your bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs with salt, pepper and paprika.
  2. Lay them on a sheet pan, skin-side up, and brush them with beaten egg whites.
  3. Turn the oven down to 425°F and bake!
  4. After thirty minutes, check for doneness. How long to bake chicken thighs can vary a bit, since every chicken thigh is a little bit different in size and thickness. When the chicken juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 170°F, your chicken thighs are cooked.
crispy baked on in skin on chicken thighs

But Wait. Are Chicken Thighs Bad for You?

The idea that chicken thighs are an unhealthy choice is one that just won’t seem to go away. While it’s true that skin-on chicken thighs have more saturated fat and calories than chicken breast, they also have way more flavor. Also, because we’re using skin-on chicken thighs, we don’t need to add any other fat to the chicken, as you might if you were cooking a skinless chicken breast—the skin releases flavorful fat as it cooks, keeping the thigh meat lovely and juicy. Chicken thighs are a great source of protein, and they are high in iron, too. As part of a balanced meal, chicken thighs are a perfectly healthy choice.

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crispy skin-on bone in baked chicken thighs on a baking rack

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Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  30 min
  • Calories: 215


  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 egg white, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and fit a metal cooling rack on top of the foil.

  2. Season the chicken thighs all over with salt, pepper, and paprika. Arrange the chicken thighs skin side up on the prepared rack. Brush them with the egg whites.

  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 425°F. Bake the chicken thighs until the internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer and the skin is crispy, about 30 minutes.

  4. Transfer to a platter and serve alongside your favorite vegetable, grain or salad.

Note: The egg white is essential to achieving extra-crispy skin!

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories215
  • Protein19 g
  • Carbohydrates0 g
  • Total Fat16 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol93 mg
  • sodium560 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g

Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

Questions & Reviews

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  • Megan

    Another absolutely delicious recipe! How would you recommend reheating leftovers for optimal crispness?

    Thanks, happy you loved them! In the oven will be your best bet!

  • Julia

    do I have to use a rack in the oven

    Best if made with a rack, yes!

  • Sarah

    Can you use bone-in chicken breast?

    In theory yes, but we haven't tested it that way for temp/cook time.

  • Kathleen V King

    My husband doesn't like skin. Is there any way to make this dish with skinless thighs

    You can bake skinless chicken thighs but they won't be crispy the skin is the crispy part. We wouldn't use this recipe with skinless thighs.

  • Amy Z

    Should the egg be beaten with a fork or electric mixer? Should they be frothy?

    A fork should work just fine. No need to make them frothy just well combined. Hope you enjoy Amy!

  • Kara Joy

    You cannot beat this for an easy, yummy recipe! We made it for family and they, in turn, keep passing it on! Thank you!

    Thanks Kara Joy that is so great to hear! We are so happy you love these!

  • steve

    Used smoked paprika. Wife loved it. We had it 2 nights in a row

    Thant is great! Thanks Steve, we are so glad you both enjoyed it!

  • Patricia

    If you are used to eating bland chicken, then this would be a step up. However, if you like your food more seasoned, then I definitely suggest adding more seasonings ahead of time! The skin did crisp up nicely, though, and it definitely looked like the picture!

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Sarah rowan

    Amazon recipe!! Skin was perfectly crispy and the chicken moist. I have baked a lot of chicken- best ever according to my husband.

    I cooked thighs and breast. I kept the temps According to the recipe but I started the breast 15 min before the thighs, timing worked.

    So happy I gave this a try!

    Thanks Sarah, we are so glad the both of you loved it!

  • Erin Messel

    The perfect chicken recipe!!! I make chicken thighs way too often as they're just easy on a weeknight. I was looking to spruce them up a bit without giving myself more work and then months ago I came across your recipe. I've left it as a bookmark on my laptop as a reminder and have since made it so many times and whenever I do I get raves from the boys who, for years, survived on regular, bland weeknight chicken thighs! Its so easy but so extra, it's perfect. I too use the drippings and (after pouring some off if it's too much) I turn the heat up bit and throw whatever veggie we're having on the pan with them for their last few minutes. Weeknight perfection! Thank you!

    Thanks Erin, we are so happy your whole family loves these!