Baked Chicken Thighs are a delicious and very simple main dish. These chicken thighs have a perfectly crispy skin and extra juicy meat! They are perfect served alongside mashed potatoes or Scalloped Potatoes

Cook up a large batch to feed a hungry crowd, add to your favorite Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup or freeze the leftovers for another meal. Oven baked chicken thighs can stay frozen for up to four months. Just thaw and then wrap in foil for reheating.

Baked Chicken Thighs in a bowl

Baked Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are sold with bone in and skin on, or boneless and skinless. They are dark meat making them extra flavorful, they contain more fat which ensures they bake up succulent and tasty. Thighs are more forgiving than Chicken Breasts which can more easily be overcooked.

In this recipe, I choose skin on (because it tastes amazing and makes the chicken extremely juicy). As with any meat cooked on the bone, this has tons of flavor. I love using chicken seasoning or Italian seasoning in this recipe, but feel free to change it up to suit your taste buds!

For chicken seasoning I either create my own mixture (like the one I sprinkle on my Roast Chicken) or purchase a favorite chicken rub mixture.

Baked Chicken Thighs before seasoning & baking

How to Bake Chicken Thighs

For the juiciest oven baked chicken thighs, choose bone in and skin on. The skin crisps up nicely, and the bone imparts more flavor while keeping the meat moist. A high temperature helps crisp the skin (my favorite part).

For easy baked bone in chicken thighs, follow these simple steps:

  1. Pat each thigh dry with paper towels.
  2. Place the chicken thighs in a bowl and toss with olive oil and a generous amount of seasonings.
  3. Line a pan with foil and add a rack. Place chicken (skin side up) on the rack.
  4. Bake until chicken reaches 165°F.

Uncooked Baked Chicken Thighs

How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs

Baked bone in chicken thighs require about 35 minutes baking time at a high temperature. Bake them until the juices run clear, and there is no more pink at the bone. Keep in mind that boneless skinless chicken thighs will require about 10 minutes 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

Chicken thighs may vary in size so it’s a good idea to use a meat thermometer any time you are cooking poultry. The safe cooking temperature for chicken is 165°F.

Baked Chicken Thighs on a grilling rack

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Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked chicken thighs make a delicious and simple main dish. The thighs have so much tender dark meat flavor! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients  

  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs with skin (approx. 5-6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons chicken seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

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

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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. First of all? I’m not a fan of thighs. Too grisly. Too “picky”. The fat is…. Too fatty… whine whine whine. Tonight I made YOUR recipe. To a T. The chicken seasoning was a masterpiece. Seriously. So dang good! Baked the chicken til 165. I usually Overcook or undercook/- there’s never an in between. This is the BEST OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN THIGHS EVER. Thank you. Seriously. THANK YOU!!!5 stars

  2. Hi! I see the serving size says 6…. Im curious… is the nutritional information based on a serving size of just one chicken thigh?5 stars