Want Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs?
The best oven baked chicken thighs start with seasoning! A blend of garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt and fresh cracked pepper brightens up plain old chicken thighs and adds wow-worthy flavor. But I know you are wondering– should you cover chicken thighs when they are baking? The simple answer is, no. We don’t cover our skin-on chicken thighs because we want that skin to get nice and crispy! To achieve this just follow these 4 simple steps!
Place your chicken on top of a metal rack set inside a large rimmed baking sheet. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and use kitchen shears to trim off any excess fat.
Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle your seasoning mix over the chicken. Don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty and rub it in!
Turn the oven temperature down and bake until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. How long to cook chicken thighs in oven you ask? This takes about 30 minutes.
Dig in and admire the crisp chicken skin and tender, juicy meat.
Are Quick Baked Chicken Thighs Healthy?
In general, chicken is a great alternative to red meat, especially if you are looking to lower your intake of saturated fats. Chicken thighs are a good source of protein and we especially love that they contain immune boosting nutrients such as iron and zinc. Our chicken thighs are baked in the oven, for a slightly healthier cooking method. We’ve also featured simple ingredients like olive oil and spices, instead of breading our chicken thighs or cooking them in highly refined oils or butter. If you’re looking to pair our oven baked chicken thighs with a veggie packed side dish, try one of these:
Can I Refrigerate Leftovers? Of Course!
We are always in favor of some scrumptious leftovers! Cooking one recipe and serving it for two meals? Count us in! If you have a few leftover oven baked bone-in chicken thighs, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. When ready to serve, don’t miss out on that deliciously crisp skin. Heat your chicken through in the microwave or oven and then place your bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs on a sheet pan, if you haven’t already. Set your oven broiler to high and broil for 2 to 3 minutes (but watch carefully), until the chicken skin crisps up. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over your baked chicken thighs, and meal two is ready to serve!
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Chicken Thigh Obsessed? We Are Too!
We love chicken thighs for three reasons: 1) They are super flavorful and succulent 2) They don’t break the bank and are a budget friendly protein option 3) Best of all, they are forgiving, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking them! Check out our best oven baked chicken thigh recipes!