Baked chicken thighs in oven come out evenly cooked and full of juicy flavor every time!
Seasoned with spices already in the pantry, this one-dish recipe goes from the oven to the table in no time!
This foolproof recipe removes all the guesswork from how long and at what temp to cook delicious baked chicken thighs in the oven!
Best Baked Chicken Thighs!
- It’s just as tender and moist with minimal cleanup!
- This two-step baked chicken thighs recipe is easy to prep and less greasy than fried chicken.
- It’s great for batch cooking! Double up the recipe to use in soups, salads, and casseroles all week long!
- Perfect for parties. Make a batch or two and keep them warm in a Crock Pot for easy access when the big game is on. Or freeze portions for up to four months!
Ingredients and Variations
Chicken – Chicken thighs are juicy with or without the skin. Bone-in or boneless, skin-on or skinless thighs, wings, legs (with the drumstick and thigh combined), drumsticks, and breasts will all work in this recipe. A trusty meat thermometer will help gauge the right amount of time to bake any cut of chicken.
Seasonings – Besides the basics listed in this recipe, customize those thighs with a zesty taco, or Italian seasoning. Even a robust smoked chicken rub will add a pop of BBQ flavor to baked chicken thighs without firing up the grill.
How to Make Baked Chicken Thighs
- Toss chicken in oil and seasonings (as per recipe below).
- Pat chicken dry.
- Bake on a prepared pan with space between each thigh.
- Bake until a thermometer reads 165°F, about 30-40 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
What to Serve with Chicken Thighs
When company’s coming, put the oven on double duty and bake chicken thighs alongside crispy French fries, or fun and festive corn ribs. Whip up a quick Greek salad and add a side of corn muffins to round out the meal. Why not add a festive peach Bellini to the menu? Make a homemade peach cobbler as another bonus way to use the oven for dessert!
Storing Leftover Chicken
- Keep leftover baked chicken thighs in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Reheat portions in a bowl or plate covered with plastic wrap to lock in the steam so they stay moist.
- Leftover chicken thighs are great served cold or hot! Top a salad with chicken or add to a sandwich, pita, or wrap. Use leftover chicken to make homemade tacos, quesadillas, or appetizers like wonton cups and lettuce wraps for an Asian-inspired feast!
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Easy Baked Chicken Thighs
- 8 chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chicken seasoning below, or your favorite
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a bowl or zip top bag, toss chicken with oil and spices to coat.
- Place chicken on the lined baking tray, allow space between the thighs.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- If desired, broil for 2-3 minutes to crisp the top.
- Baked chicken thighs will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Reheat portions in a covered bowl or plate to lock in the steam so they stay moist. Reheat just until hot.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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