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Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked chicken thighs that are crispy and juicy make for the perfect weeknight meal! This chicken recipe is incredibly easy to make, packed with flavor and much healthier than traditional fried chicken – you’ll love it. Watch the video below!

If you’re looking for a tasty side dish, try my balsamic bacon brussels sprouts, baked sweet potato, mashed cauliflower, garlic sautéed swiss chard, steamed broccoli, or green beans. Lots of options!

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

As a kid I loved KFC chicken, but my favorite part was the crispy skin that was full of herbs and flavor. In fact, I may have eaten the skin more than the meat!

Today, I no longer eat KFC (for obvious reasons) but I still love tender, juicy chicken with crispy, flavorful skin. And that’s where my baked chicken thighs come in. With a drizzle of avocado oil and a generous amount of dried herbs you can create crispy baked chicken that the whole family will love. And you can feel good knowing it’s healthier.

Can you use boneless skinless chicken thighs in this recipe? Of course. But if you’re going for flavor, I do recommend using bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs. The skin locks in the moisture and bone-in chicken just tastes better. It’s also cheaper. Win win.

Baked chicken thighs are crispy, juicy, healthy and make for the perfect weeknight recipe!

How to Bake Chicken Thighs

For easy baked chicken thighs, just follow these steps (and watch my video above).

  • Preheat your oven to 425F. A higher temperature makes the skin extra crispy.
  • Pat the chicken dry. Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry and remove any condensation from the fridge.
  • Mix the chicken, oil and herbs. In a large bowl mix the chicken, avocado oil and 2/3 of the herb seasoning.
  • Place the chicken on a rack. A rack on top of a baking sheet allows the air to circulate around the chicken making it crispier. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning on top.
  • Bake the chicken. Bake the chicken thighs for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Baked chicken thighs are crispy, juicy, healthy and make for the perfect weeknight recipe!

Tips for the Best Baked Chicken Thighs

Reminder: Don’t Wash the Chicken. It’s a common misconception that you need to rinse chicken once you bring it home from the store. As the USDA says, it would be impossible for water to remove all bacteria and rinsing the chicken only cross-contaminates your kitchen and anything nearby (your sink, faucet, countertop, etc). Rest assured the heat from cooking will kill any bacteria present.

Do Use a Rack if Possible. The rack not only allows the air to circulate, it also raises the chicken up from the edge of any baking sheet. If you don’t have a rack, use a larger baking sheet with space between the chicken so that any juices spread out from the chicken.

Use Lots of Herbs and Spices. It may sound like a lot of herbs and spices in this recipe (7 teaspoons) but trust me, it’s the perfect quantity. That’s just under 1 teaspoon of spices per chicken thigh and coats the chicken with garlic, onion, paprika and herbs for the absolute best flavor.

Don’t Overcook the Chicken Thighs. Most people overcook chicken because they remove it from the oven when the internal temperature reaches 165F. But chicken continues to cook once it’s removed from the oven. So remove the chicken at 160F and after 5 minutes of resting you’ll see that the internal temperature is now 165F. Resting also allows the juices to redistribute inside the chicken.

Baked chicken thighs are crispy, juicy, healthy and make for the perfect weeknight recipe!

Baked chicken thighs are crispy, juicy, healthy and make for the perfect weeknight recipe!

More Delicious Chicken Recipes to Enjoy

I’m such a fan of healthy chicken recipes. If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration, give these delicious meals a try!

Baked chicken thighs are crispy, juicy, healthy and make for the perfect weeknight recipe!
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Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Baked chicken thighs are crispy, juicy, flavorful, healthy and make for the perfect weeknight recipe. Watch my video above to see how easy they are to make!

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, (or olive oil)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. 
  • In a small bowl mix all of the herbs and spices together. 
  • Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and 2/3 of the spice blend. Use your hands to coat all sides of the chicken and even under the skin.
  • Place the chicken on a rack on top of a baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining spice mix on top of the chicken.
  • Bake the chicken thighs for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees fahrenheit. You can also turn on the top broiler for 2-3 minutes to make the top extra crispy. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Lisa's Tips

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken thigh, Calories: 285kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 379mg, Potassium: 256mg, Vitamin A: 300IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken thighs, chicken thigh recipes
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140 comments on “Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs”

  1. This looks so good and delicious. Gonna try this one later. Thank for sharing the recipe.

  2. This was super easy to make and it was absolutely delicious! I will be keeping this recipe around!

    • Hi Marie – So glad you found this recipe easy and delicious! It’s definitely one to keep on hand whenever you’re craving some juicy and crispy chicken ;)

  3. This, like all of Lisa’s recipes I’ve tried, was just perfect! So simple and easy to do but turned out better than any other baked chicken I’ve made. It received the highest marks from my husband (he asked why I didn’t make more) and my kids are already asking when I can make “Lisa’s crispy magic chicken” again. Soon kids, soon. 😉

    • Hi Sarah – I’m so glad you and your family loved these chicken thighs! Can’t wait for you to make this again :)

  4. Just made for dinner. Turned out great. 

  5. I absolutely loved the flavor in this recipe. When I baked it my kitchen became quite smoky even with the vent on. The grease splatter in my oven was also a bit messy to clean up. I’m wondering if you have any tips for cooking to prevent these issues in the future?

    • Hi Holly – my chicken doesn’t splatter (and so my oven doesn’t become smoky). Each oven cooks slightly differently, so perhaps yours is cooking a bit hot. You might want to turn down the temperature a little next time, and cook a little bit longer. :)

  6. This is a NO fail recipe that is absolutely delicious and is now a permanent recipe in my dinner rotation!

  7. OMG!!! These are an absolute favourite!!! I always have some in the freezer, it’s so versatile!! From Caesar Salad, to instant roast chicken, sandwich fillings or cold chicken and salad on a scorching hot day!!! Of which we in Australia are experiencing right now!

  8. My boyfriend and I just moved in together and your recipes and prep videos are really helping us to plan our meals. We made this recipe for our friends and since then it’s everyone’s favorite ! 

  9. Our favorite way to prepare chicken at home! Crispy, juicy and flavorful. Thanks for a simple yet solid recipe!

  10. My kids and husband are not always to keen on me experimenting in the kitchen. This recipe however made me instantly very popular. So easy and so tasty. Can highly recommend. And kids approval guaranteed ;-).

  11. I made this recipe the other night and it was so delicious, the whole family loved!  I will definitely be making it again!

  12. Always a favorite, and the skin is the best part! So much flavor.

  13. My husband took one bite and said “Oh man Honey, this is good!”. I RARELY get that!

  14. My go to protein for a quick, tasty and easy meal!! Made soooo many times.

  15. My husband made the Crispy Baked Chicken this evening in under an hour. He is not a cook and finds the easy directions and videos to make the recipes a snap. Absolutely delicious. THANK YOU!

    • Hi Carol – Now you’re husband is a master chef at chicken thighs :) Glad to hear both you and your husband enjoyed this recipe!

  16. My husband said it was most delicious chiken he ever eat!