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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Ingredients  

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

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Notes

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. My family LOVES this recipe! It’s fun to make, I get my younger brother involved, and we can prep other sides as the chicken bakes. We can even prepare a lot of extra seasoning when we know we’ll make more soon.

    I bought some skinless chicken thighs because they were on sale today. Do you think they’d work as well?

    1. Hi Bella, that is so fun to get everyone involved :) Skinless chicken thighs work well in this recipe! I hope you enjoy them!

  2. My apologies Holly. I just saw in your Chicken Salad recipe how to cook chicken breast/thighs.

    Thanks much,
    Debi

  3. The cooking times are off. I followed the time for the 350 temperature and the chicken wasn’t done.3 stars

    1. Hi Sabrina, how long did it cook for? It can take 50-55 minutes at 350°F. And how big were your chicken thighs? This recipe is for thighs 5-6 ounces each, but chicken can greatly vary in size.

  4. Perfect! And truly easy for those days when you don’t feel like thinking about your dinner recipe. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  5. This is my go to recipe for chicken thighs in the oven, simply delish. I use olive oil and vary between McCormicks chicken seasoning and lemon pepper seasoning. Always a hit for dinner.

  6. Excellent recipe! Tossing the thighs in the oil and seasoning really increased the flavor. I used Tony’s for the seasoning and broiled at the end. Fantastic.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Lea. The skin will likely not get as crispy, but otherwise will still be delicious. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

    1. My favorite way to reheat chicken is to pop it in the air fryer for a few minutes. You can also put it back into the oven until heated through.

  7. Hello! I was surfing around looking for ideas with chicken thighs and came across your recipe. After checking out your chicken spice concoction I’m definitely going to go this route. Question: for this recipe did you add the brown sugar as well? It didn’t look like it, but not sure.

    1. I had one boneless thigh and two bone in. I used avocado oil and Traeger’s chicken rub. 165 for the boneless, 175 for bone in. Perfect in every way.5 stars

  8. I very rarely comment on recipes but this chicken recipe was amazing! I made the chicken seasoning linked in this recipe and i’m so happy I did. I will use it on those busy nights when I don’t have too much time to cook but still want a delicious dinner. Thank you for sharing!

    Will update when my kids try it!5 stars

  9. A lovely meal when I added red pepper slices, red onion slices, sweet corn cobs and tomatoes after 25 minutes cooking time.5 stars

  10. Delicious… and I made your seasoning mix as well! I used more than the couple of teaspoons of seasoning you called for- the thighs I used were large and we like a lot of seasoning. The chicken came out crispy on the outside and juicy and delicious inside. Whole family- small kids included loved this. And now I have the seasoning for next time!5 stars

    1. I had one boneless thigh and two bone in. I used avocado oil and Traeger’s chicken rub. 165 for the boneless, 175 for bone in. Perfect in every way.5 stars

  11. 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

  12. 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