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. 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

  2. They tasted wonderful-moist, delicious. I have several left over How to reheat or make into another (different) meal?5 stars

    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. I also love to use the leftover chicken to make Chicken Taquitos or this delicious chicken salad for lunch.

  3. I just baked up two huge pans of b/skinless chicken thighs using this recipe.

    I had JUST picked up 18# of thighs to bake. Whoa….. talk about perfection. I baked them in different pans, and at separate times. I probe tested them at 42 min and they were done to perfection. A few were up to 177* in the back area of the oven, but THEY ARE MOIST AND DEEEELISH! I live alone, but still cook for an army. I have lots of cook’s nights off when I cook up large amounts ahead and freeze things in smaller portions.

    This recipe is a snap to prepare. Spot on easy and delish!5 stars

  4. Just had to say that I’m the most novice of cooks and have next to zero confidence in the kitchen. Followed the recipe and these came out great. Thank you!5 stars

  5. This is my go to recipe for bone-in thighs. I used whatever seasoning seems right for the sides, and occasionally have to adjust time depending on thigh size, but this works 10/10 times in my favor!5 stars

  6. Well I usually can’t stand thighs cause they are greasy and stringy and chewy usually but I had thighs in the freezer and wanted to use them up before they were no good. I found this recipe with alot of stars and followed it exactly and omg it was FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!! I’ve NEVER tasted a thigh like that! The meat was comes perfectly and the texture was amazing! He flavor was spectacular. I salted the meat inside obviously but it was perfect!!!! Thank you!!!!5 stars

    1. This is a very simple recipe so if you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table it’s a good recipe for quick meal. My children and grandchildren love it and said make it again grandpa! 5 stars

  7. This looks great, I use bone in skin on chicken thighs a lot, but I typically remove the skin before baking, not for health reasons, rather the fat splatter all over my oven that smokes next time I use the oven. Any tricks to avoid or lessen this that you can think of?

    1. There are a couple things that may help with this: 1.) Pat the skin dry before cooking with paper towel. Excess moisture can cause splattering. 2.) Use a baking dish or pan with high sides. This helps contain splatters. I hope those tips can help, Carrie!

  8. I have made many recipes from here, all have turned out delicious, and it’s fun to try new things. Thank you Holly!

  9. This is a great recipe. Myself and the rest of my family (husband and 4 & 5 year olds) really enjoyed it. I used your chicken rub and paired it with mashed potatoes and a salad. Delish. I love many of your recipes, thank you!

  10. I bought chicken thighs for the first time from Trader Joe’s and googled for a recipe. This was one of the first ones and made it really easy. I through some olive oil and spices on the chicken thigh and did 400 d for 30 minutes and they were perfect! Thank for for such an easy recipe. So delicious.5 stars

  11. These are SO good and this recipe is a staple in my house. It has been since I found it! Thanks for a great, easy, affordable dinner option.5 stars

  12. Great recipe! Followed the instructions for baking at the 400° option and they turned out great. My husband loved then too! Thanks Holly!5 stars