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Tender and juicy on the inside, crispy and flavorful on the outside, these Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs are so perfectly seasoned and so simple to make! They are incredibly easy to make with very little prep, making this chicken thigh recipe perfect for busy nights.
My son has a real “thing” about chicken. He loves chicken on the bone, but it has to be “soft chicken” (ie, not stringy and dry or crumbly), and chicken drumsticks are his favorite. But once in a while, I’ve got to change it up, so when I came up with this quick and easy recipe for chicken thighs a few months ago, and he gobbled down three pieces, I knew I had a winner.
All I had to do was make these crispy baked chicken thighs once and my whole family was begging me to make them again and again. That’s how good they are! We love baked chicken breasts and baked boneless chicken thighs for fast and easy dinners but baked chicken thighs are an often neglected yet totally delicious yet option.
These crispy baked chicken thighs take about 35 minutes in the oven and less than ten minutes of prep. That gives you just enough time to whip up a couple of side dishes, like my Stove Top Garlic & Herb Potatoes which happen to be super delicious with these chicken thighs, and a salad or other kind of veggie on the side.
Bone-in chicken thighs, with the bone on one side and the skin on the other, have built in protection from the intense heat of the oven. Chicken thighs stay juicy and tender because they are covered with that layer of skin that keeps them protected. The bone also keeps the meat juicier and releases a deeper, more concentrated flavor directly into the meat.
Here are are my tips for getting these baked chicken thighs super crispy and full of flavor:
For this recipe, I prefer bone-in, skin-on chicken. It’s just so tender and juicy and the skin adds texture and a ton of flavor.
If you want to make this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, here’s what to do: For 8 thighs, you’ll need about half of the rub and half of the olive oil. Follow the instructions for how to bake chicken thighs, but cut the time by about 10 minutes. Looking for a delicious marinade for chicken thighs? Try my popular Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe It will work on the grill or in the oven. If you want to know how long to bake boneless chicken thighs, be sure to try my Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs!
Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F. This is hot enough to roast the chicken and give you a crispy skin without burning the skin as it cooks. Chicken Thighs should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees using an instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the meat near the bone.
I have a few tricks that I use to get the skin nice and crispy.
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