by Olena

Baked Chicken Thighs

by Olena

baked chicken thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Simple baked chicken thighs recipe is a restaurant quality date night dinner in. Easy oven baked chicken thighs are my go-to when “what’s for dinner?” strikes and my brain is blank. Or when we have guests over and I’m tired. It is hands off, cheap and hard to screw up.

These simple, juicy and basic baked chicken thighs will become your favorite!

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Seasoning for Baked Chicken Thighs:

In this easy recipe, I rely heavily on garlic because I’m a strong believer that garlic makes everything taste better. And because I’m Ukrainian – if you haven’t cooked with fresh dill, you haven’t lived.:)

  • Fresh garlic
  • Dried oregano or rosemary
  • Salt and pepper

That’s it!!! Basically, baked garlic chicken thighs. The best!

Bone In vs. Boneless Meat:

Thighs are dark meat. That’s why they are more juicy than chicken breasts. You can use either with bone in or boneless chicken thighs. I experimented with both.

My preference is bone in and skin on meat. The result is crispy tender baked chicken thighs. You can always remove skin before eating if you are worried about saturated fat.

Baked boneless skinless chicken thighs turn out less juicy. And let’s be honest, looking less appealing.

baked chicken thighs recipe

Tips for Baking Frozen Chicken Thighs:

You can bake slightly thawed and still frozen chicken. Yes, I have done it a million times and ended up with perfect baked chicken thighs. It is fatty part of chicken, so it will not dry out in the oven.

  • As soon as you can separate frozen pieces of meat, you can bake them.
  • Use tongs to mix frozen meat.
  • Make baked chicken thighs and drumsticks. Both have same cooking time. Yes!
  • Add 10-15 minutes to baking time. Just keep your pretty eye on it.

How to Bake Chicken Thighs:

  1. Season Chicken Thighs: Right in ceramic or glass baking dish, toss to coat chicken and seasonings. Use hands or tongs.
  2. Marinate a Little: Let chicken stand for 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Toss chicken again and arrange in a single layer skin side up, tucking in skin underneath. You want things tight.
  3. Bake the Chicken: Bake uncovered on high heat. Then using a syringe/baster, pour juice over the thighs and then if you like more crispy skin (who doesn’t?!) broil to your likeness.
  4. Let Stand a Bit: Remove from the oven, cover and let stand for 5 minutes to allow juices to settle. Do not skip!

how long to bake chicken thighs

How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs?

High and fast. Crank up the oven temperature as high as 450. Chicken thigh bake time is around 30 minutes. Or until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees F. Do not cover!

For Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs:

To make crispy chicken thighs, turn on the broiler at the end. Using the turkey baster squeeze chicken juices on top and broil until desired crispiness and colour. You might also need to move the shelf up.

What to Serve with?

oven baked chicken thighs

Make It a One Pan Dinner:

I do it all the time. In fact, I have a recipe coming for baked chicken thighs with potatoes and carrots soon. But you get bonus early access for reading this far.

Baked chicken thighs and vegetables was my Ukrainian mom’s staple dinner. The herb baked chicken thighs juice will infuse the vegetables with flavor so much! No water needed.

  1. Use bigger baking dish and mix chicken with cubed potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic.
  2. Because you add vegetables, cut amount of meat in half.
  3. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil.
  4. Use amount of spices, salt and black pepper listed in the recipe. Even add more dried spices to taste. Throw in a few bay leaves.
  5. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes at 450 degrees F.

Calories in Baked Chicken Thighs:

Calories vary based on whether you use skinless or skin on chicken. With skin on thighs run at 377 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat. Where as, baked boneless chicken thighs contain 206 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat.

Enjoy!

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Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Make my mom’s oven baked chicken thighs with lots of garlic and crispy skin for quick and easy dinner tonight! Also how to bake from frozen and make a one pan dinner instructions included.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American Ukrainian

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
  • 23 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Parsley or dill for garnish, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In 8 x 8 square baking dish, add chicken thighs, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Using your hands, toss to coat and let stand for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Toss chicken again, making sure to spread garlic and spices evenly, and arrange in a single layer skin side up, tucking in skin underneath. You want things tight.
  3. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until thermometer reads at least 165 degrees F, skin starts to brown and lots of juices accumulate in the dish. Using a syringe/baster, pour juice over the thighs and then if you like more crispy skin (who doesn’t?!) broil to your likeness.
  4. Remove from the oven, cover and let stand for 5 minutes to allow juices to settle.
  5. Serve warm, skin removed for healthier version with brown rice, quinoa or cauliflower risotto. It’s a restaurant quality date night dinner.

Notes

Frozen Meat

You can use either with bone in or boneless chicken thighs. My preference is bone in and skin on chicken thighs.

Tips for Baking Frozen Chicken Thighs

You can bake slightly thawed and still frozen chicken thighs. As soon as you can separate frozen chicken thighs, you can bake them. Add 10-15 minutes to baking time. Just keep your pretty eye on it.

Make It a One Pan Dinner

  1. Use bigger baking dish and mix chicken with cubed potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic.
  2. Because you add vegetables, cut amount of meat in half.
  3. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil.
  4. Use amount of spices, salt and black pepper listed in the recipe. Even add more dried spices to taste. Throw in a few bay leaves.
  5. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes at 450 degrees F.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. Why do you cover it at the end? This looks so good and one of those recipes we all need in our back pocket, now that school, sports, homework, etc are starting again! Thanks! You rock!

    1. To let juices settle. It’s always good to let meat rest at the end for a bit covered. Just tastes better.
      I know, right?! I always-always bake chicken thighs. They are so easy and cheap. Enjoy!