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Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories: 215
crispy skin-on bone in baked chicken thighs on a baking rack

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

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

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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If you have some bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs you are wanting to cook with, why not let your oven do the heavy lifting?

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Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  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
  • Calories 215
  • Protein 19 g
  • Carbohydrates 0 g
  • Total Fat 16 g
  • Dietary Fiber 0 g
  • Cholesterol 93 mg
  • sodium 560 mg
  • Total Sugars 0 g

Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs

Questions & Reviews

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  • 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!

  • Louis R Eichenbaum

    How long do have to beat the egg whites?

    A minute or two should be plenty. Hope you enjoy Louis!

  • Vince O'Connor

    You pre-heat the oven to 450. At what point do you reduce the temp to 425? after 5 min @ 450? After 10 min @ 450?

    Right before you put the chicken in the oven. Hope you enjoy Vince!

  • Victor

    I forgot to beat egg whites before I put it on chicken will that hurt it

    Hi Victor, the results will be better if you beat the egg white.

  • Sandra Hamilton

    Can you make this without the skin?

    I would try our Pan Fried Boneless Skinless Crispy Chicken Thighs recipe! Search that title on the blog and you will find them!

  • Amy Ziegenhorn

    Best baked chicken recipe ever! My husband said it’s the best chicken he’s ever had that wasn’t made in a restaurant. I think it’s better than a lot of restaurant chicken I’ve had. Also, it scratches the itch for fried chicken and no added oil! Amazing. So easy and SERIOUSLY delicious!🤤

    Thanks Amy, so glad you both loved it so much!

  • David Scott Allen

    What a great recipe. Was searching for an oven-fried chicken thighs recipe tonight and I didn’t see anyone I trust until I came upon your recipe — just perfect! Even for our picky friend who removed the skin (best part IMHO), it provided a really succulent, flavorful thigh. Thanks!

    Thank you David! We are so happy everyone loved them and that you found our recipe!

  • lise g.

    hi , absolutely delicious, and golden! beautiful ,and so tender!!!! thank you for posting!

    Thank you Lise! We are so glad you loved them!

  • Madi

    A winner. My boyfriend and i loved it. Plus, was able to use the drippings to make a chicken gravy for a potato side. Thank you for sharing.

    Thanks Madi! We are so glad the two of you loved it! A potato and gravy side sounds delicious as well, nice work!

  • Erin

    Love this recipe! After years of making boneless skinless chicken thighs I have decided to treat myself and my family (for like living...) with the skin on, bone in upgrade. I love them so much but wanted to up their crispy game. Your recipe is just that and perfect! With crispy roasted broccoli and brown rice...it's a meal at least once a week. Thank you for this!

    Thank you Erin! We are so happy you love it and are making it every week!