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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!

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

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!

A Few Extra Tips

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!

More Delicious Chicken Recipes to Enjoy

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

Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe Video

Want to see how I make this recipe? Watch the video below!

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 425F/220C. Remove the chicken thighs from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. 
    Several chicken thighs on a counter next to a bowl.
  • 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.
    Rubbing spices on chicken thighs in a bowl.
  • 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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228 comments on “Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs”

  1. Can I use skinless and boneless thighs?

    • Yes, you can! Just make sure to watch the cooking time as it might cook a bit faster. Also, you won’t get super crispy skin as you would with skin-on thighs.

  2. I made this for dinner tonight and I have to say, this was possibly the juiciest chicken I have ever made. I can’t believe how easy this was but also how good it turned out. I will be making this quite often. Who needs the bucket when you can get this healthier dish with better flavor?

  3. This is one of the very few meals I’ve made that everyone in my family of 6 actually ate AND raved about!!!! Thank you!

  4. The recipe was great, except I smoked up the house and had to open all windows and doors and run all the ceiling fans. I guess I missed something. Also could not print this form the phone without all the pictures. I had to move the chicken to a covered braiser and lower the oven temp. That helped.

    • Hi Mark – I’m glad you loved the recipe! When you bake this make sure you’re using a standard oven setting and not a convection oven setting. Also, your oven might cook slightly hotter as it’s common for ovens to be up to 30 degrees off normal. For the printing, there’s a button at the top on mobile that you can uncheck printing the process shots.

  5. loved it.  So delicious.  Did it exactly as suggested.   Even followed the tips in the video.  Going to try it with legs with back to see how it works 

  6. What if… you accidentally buy bone-in, skin-on chicken wings? Any idea if this recipe can be used for those? Maybe a lower heat? :) 

    • Hi Emmy- I believe this can work with wings too! But maybe lower the heat a smidge and just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

      • Using full chicken wings worked great, and shared recipe with my mom! She made her thighs on the grill and loved your seasoning recipe. Thank you!!

  7. The chicken was so moist and flavorful. Easy recipe to follow and quick to make.

  8. This recipe was good and the chicken was moist, but I was really hoping for crispy, crunchy skin. What I got instead was dry and very tough, almost leathery, skin that you couldn’t really bite through easily. If I had used the convection setting I would have thought that to be the reason, but I used the regular Bake. What might have been the problem?

    • Hmm, it’s hard to say. My skin comes out crispy when I do it. Not as crispy as fried chicken, but certainly crispy enough to bite through. Sometimes it might just be differences in oven temps, as every oven cooks slightly differently.

  9. This recipe is super easy and the chicken is so good, crispy skin and juicy meat, WOW! Thank you!

    • Hi Sophia- Happy to hear you enjoyed these chicken thighs! Definitely one of my favorite chicken recipes to make :)

  10. This is absolutely wonderfully tasting but I can’t seem to get my skin crispy – what am I doing wrong??

    • Hi Simone – I’m happy you loved the recipe! It might just be the temperature in your oven. Next time try turning on the top broiler (if you have one) for a couple of minutes. Just keep an eye on them so you don’t accidentally burn the top.