Baked Chicken Thighs are a delicious and very simple main dish.

Prepared in the oven, this chicken thighs recipe has seasoned crispy skin and tender juicy meat!

juicy Baked Chicken Thighs

While this is a simple baked chicken thighs recipe it’s packed with flavor.

  • It’s super easy to make and needs just a few minutes of prep.
  • Since chicken thighs are dark meat, they’re extra tender and flavorful.

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thighs: This recipe uses bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. The bone keeps the thighs nice and juicy while the skin is crispy and delicious.

Oil: A little bit of olive oil helps the seasoning to stick to the skin and makes the skin extra crispy.

Seasoning: I love homemade chicken seasoning on these baked thighs. It’s a simple blend of spices like paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder along with dried herbs.

Any type of pre-made chicken seasoning will work (check the spice aisle at the store) so choose your favorite flavor.

Baked Chicken Thighs before seasoning & baking

How to Make Baked Chicken Thighs

  1. Pat each thigh dry with paper towels and place in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle with oil and season per the recipe below.
  3. Place the thighs on a foil-lined pan with a rack and bake until crispy.

Holly’s Tips

With just a few simple tips, it’s easy to cook chicken thighs to juicy perfection!

  • I cook chicken at 425°F, the higher the temperature, the crispier the skin.
  • This recipe is for 6 oz bone-in thighs, larger thighs will need a longer cooking time.
  • Cook on a rack if possible so the fat drips away. If you don’t have a rack, they can be cooked directly on the baking sheet.
  • Bake chicken thighs to an internal temperature of 165°F with a meat thermometer.
Uncooked Baked Chicken Thighs

How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs

Oven baked chicken thighs require 35 minutes of baking time at a high temperature. Bake until the juices run clear. Keep in mind that boneless skinless chicken thighs will require about less time.

  • Chicken Thighs at 350°F – 50-55 minutes
  • Chicken Thighs at 375°F – 45-50 minutes
  • Chicken Thighs at 400°F – 40-45 minutes
  • Chicken Thighs at 425°F – 35-40 minutes (preferred method)
Baked Chicken Thighs on a grilling rack

More Chicken Recipes

These chicken thighs are versatile, almost any side dish goes from roast potatoes to green beans or baked sweet potatoes! Here are a few more favorite chicken thigh recipes.

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Baked Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are simply seasoned and baked until perfectly tender & golden!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs with skin (approximately 6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons chicken seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and place a baking rack on top.
  • Dab the chicken skin dry with a paper towel to remove any moisture.
  • Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season generously with the seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken thighs on the rack, skin side up, and bake uncovered 35-40 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Turn the broiler on high and broil the skin for 2-3 minutes to crisp if needed.



We love homemade chicken seasoning, but any premade chicken seasoning can be used.  The salt level can vary by brand, so taste a little bit of the seasoning to ensure it has enough salt. If needed, add additional salt to the chicken.
Chicken thighs can vary in size from 5 to 10 oz, the cooking time is for 6 oz chicken thighs. If the thighs are larger, they may need extra time.
Leftover chicken can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze cooked and cooled chicken thighs in the freezer for up to 4 months. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 358 | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 296mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
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  1. Thank you. I’ve come back to this recipe whenever I make bbq chicken thighs because I can’t for the life of me remember how long and at what temperature. Also thanks for the times for cooking at other temps. Really helps when I need to cook something else at the same time. Oh … lol they always come out good too!5 stars

  2. Made for the second time tonight. Easy quick and delicious. I’ve made several of your other recipes. They always hit – thank you!5 stars

  3. Amazing! Even the leftovers are amazing! Thank you for sharing….I make the chicken seasoning, and it’s amazing to!5 stars

  4. Thank you for this! Used our special “Charlie’s Rub” on the thighs and it turned out wonderful. I appreciate the direction.5 stars

  5. This is not a recipe. It’s how to cook a chicken thigh. And use pre made season. Really enjoy some of your recipes. But this is not it. This is posting is something that says add shake and bake.

    1. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed some of the recipes. This is a basic recipe, the homemade seasoning is linked in the recipe itself if you’d like to make your own. As you can see from the reviews, many readers do find the instruction and steps helpful.

    2. Rachel if you are such a good cook why are you coming to a website looking for recipes.. you should have your own that you made yourself… I thought your last name was redneck till I looked again.. keep up the good work Holly!!

    3. Rachel, I’m sorry some ppl can be so Rude! My grandpa always said ” If you don’t have anything nice to say, Don’t say Anything”. Besides that, I’m always looking for different techniques to roasting chicken, one that you can season to your families liking. This is a Very Fast and Convenient way to prepare a delicious dinner for Any Family! Thank you for taking your time to post it.

    4. And somehow you made it on a recipe for chicken thighs … hmmm. I am 47 and have never made baked chicken thighs, recipe was very helpful and absolutely delicious! How incredibly rude!5 stars

    5. I am grateful that there are directions for Chicken thighs that is this simple. Then i can add any type of seasoning that i want.

    6. You are very rude! If you are such a cooking expert then why don’t you have your own website? I thought that the information on how to bake a perfect bone-in skin on chicken thigh was great and I am a retired senior in my mid 70’s who has been cooking for decades and is always open to new tips. Holly, you are doing a great job. Enjoy your website.5 stars

    7. Rachel, Don’t be so rude. For someone like me who wanted to double check on how to make the chicken thighs, it was very helpful and answered a question I had. My chicken came out awesome! So just incase you were having a bad day, don’t take it out on others.

  6. this is my go-to recipe when making chicken for my 1 year old, in my opinion its the perfect baby led weaning recipe for us, the meat is so tender and easy for my little one to eat..and i get to enjoy the crispy skin