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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!
4.99 from 81 votes

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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188 comments on “Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs”

  1. Perfect every single time! Once in the oven allow the opportunity to work on other dishes to allow for great timing to complete an all around dinner.  Love to meal prep these and freeze as well.  I don’t have the baking rack but they still come out great! if you want to add extra crispy skin you can cook on cast iron for a few minutes skin side then pop in oven.  It’s a great simple dish and most or all ingredients are a kitchen staple so it really makes a nice weekday dish or weekend.  Lisa does it again!

    • Hi Travis – These are definitely great to cook up and keep on hand in the fridge or freezer as meal prep. Glad you enjoyed them even without the baking rack :)

  2. Awesome chicken came out very juicy, I cooked it for the full 40 minutes and it was perfect! I like a little spice so I added .5 tsp of cayenne pepper to the spices and it was perfect

  3. Wow! I think using the rack adds to the crispiness of the chicken. My kids were very impressed. 

    • Hi Mark – Yes, a rack is definitely needed if you want to get that ultimate crunchiness! Thrilled to hear it was a winner with your kids :)

  4. The chicken recipe was a HUGE hit!!  Much better than KFC.   The fam loved it as well.  I am new to your site and I absolutely love it.  Thank you!!

    • Hi Shelley – Definitely much healthier than your KFC chicken! And I’m thrilled to hear you’re loving all the recipes and content on Downshiftology so far :)

  5. Oh my goodness! I love chicken thighs but have never found a recipe that doesn’t end in soggy mushy thighs!  I had given up, but knew I had to try yours after seeing the video.  These blew me away.  Super simple and SO delicious.  Only change I made was that I used 4 thighs instead of 8 and saved half the spice for next time I make them.  Thanks for the tips! The rack really makes a difference as does rubbing under the skin!  Your recipes are great!

    • Hi Anna – Wonderful! Happy to hear you loved this recipe along with the seasoning mixture. It really does make all the difference when it comes to taste!

  6. Hi Lisa, I have made this twice now, a week ago I only had skinless and boneless Chicken Thighs and they tasted great with your Herb mixture, I served them with Coleslaw.

    Tonight I made them again and used what we call Chicken Cutlets in Australia, that is Chicken Thighs with skin and bone, they tasted even better with the crispy skin, I served them with Steamed Broccoli, Cauliflower and Butternut Pumpkin (Squash) this time. Met with approval from the other half too, he said it was yummy and filling.

    Will definitely be cooking them regularly from now on :-)

    • Hi Priscilla – Looks like you found a winning chicken recipe! Plus I’m loving all the sides you’re making with the chicken. Sounds delicious :)

  7. Tried this recipe three times, the first I did it with super expensive organic chicken bought in a bougie neighborhood of Paris, LOVED IT tried to replicate it with lower quality chicken and it doesnt work as well. With the organic chicken I had crispy skin and soft interiors vs the other chickens just gave me an average soggy texture. So just so you know, the quality of the chicken matters, and its delicious!

  8. p.s. I was just reading through the other comments and we didn’t have any splattering issues. Our oven was set on the non-convection bake setting. Also, we have the most ridiculous IKEA oven and you can only adjust the temperature by certain increments. We had to use either 5 degrees higher than your recipe or 10 degrees lower 😂 We chose 5 degrees higher and there wasn’t any smoke or splatter.

  9. Best oven baked chicken ever!!!!!! I made this to go with your Broccoli Salad. We still have two pieces of chicken left (I just finished off the salad for lunch today), so I’m thinking Fajitas with the remaining chicken? Or I could make another batch of No Bake cookies and we could eat those for dinner 😂 Actually, I should probably try your chocolate cupcake recipe 😋 Can you tell I’m hungry. I better get to the kitchen!! Thank you for another great recipe!!!!

  10. Love the recipe but wish the 5 + minute video was done in the 90 seconds could have been done.

    • Hi Sharon – I’m glad you love the recipe! Most in the community prefer (and have requested) more of the longer step-by-step YouTube tutorial videos. So that’s the video style I now prioritize. :)

  11. Tried Lisa’s crispy chicken thigh last night and it was the most delicious chicken thighs we’ve had! Even my hubby who usually doesn’t like chicken skin loved it! The skin was so crispy and the meat was so juicy! It’s such an easy recipe. Will definitely do it again!

  12. I made this last week and it was a hit. I only have chicken breast this week. How much would you alter the temperature or time as I know breasts are typically dryer than thighs?

    • Hi Annette- If you are using chicken breasts, I might recommend baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and for about 15-20 minutes.

  13. I found your website while searching for baby bok choy recipes but stayed around and found the green beans with shallots and lemon and crispy baked chicken recipes. Yum!!! The chicken recipe I know is quite tasty even though I’ve not made it as I prepare thighs in a similar fashion using a creole seasoning recipe I found online at gumbopages.. Nice to see yours though as it gave me a specific temp and cook time.

    I think I will stick around s I like the way your site is presented and your recipes are easy for me to tweak to reduce sodium and most importantly you use whole food like I do.

    Now I have more exploring to do. :)

    • Hi Jonni – I’m so happy you stumbled upon Downshiftology and are loving all the recipes so far! Can’t wait to see what you whip up next.

  14. Had this recipe bookmarked from a while ago and decided to try tonight. I did not have any thyme so I substituted 2 tsp of Italian seasoning for the thyme and oregano.. It turned out great. Definitely gonna do this again. Thank you Lisa.

  15. Loved this! But I too had issues with grease. Should the convection bake setting not be used with this recipe? Could it be the fan blowing the grease around inside the oven? Just wondering your thoughts? Do you use a standard bake setting or convection?

  16. This is a very tasty recipe!! Thank you for sharing! It is very easy too. 

    I saw a few questions about oil splattering which I had too. I turned the oven down in the last bit to 375 and it stopped. And it still tasted great! Also, I definitely wished that I had lined the pan with foil so that it made clean up easier. The pan did clean off ok, but I think overall it would save a good scrubbing and made me less concerned. 😉 Delicious recipe!! Definitely repeatable! 

    • Hi Alayna – Each oven heats up differently, some more than others. So I’m glad the oil stopped splattering when you turned down the temperature a bit :)

  17. Love this recipe! It is a regular in our household. The rub gives the chicken so much flavour.
    If I have leftovers which is rare, I cut it up and put on my salad for lunch the next day. So easy to make too! Thanks Lisa!

    • Hi Dawn – So glad you and your family love this recipe! It really is such a great one to have on hand, especially for using leftovers in other meals :)

  18. These chicken thighs are AH-MAZING! The skin comes out so crispy and the chicken itself is so juicy and flavorful. I must also add that I’m usually not a huge fan of chicken thighs, but I’ll be making this one again and again! Thanks Lisa! 

  19. I am making this right now!!! I love how easy and accessible the ingredients are since I am from the Philippines. :D

  20. The flavours were delicious and my family loved this recipe!

  21. Love this recipe! So flavorful. This will definitely be one of my regular go-to recipes. Thank you!

  22. Lisa, I am a huge fan of your recipes. I am one to never leave comments but since I have heard you say you would like comments, I will. First off, these crispy baked chicken thighs, are soooooo good! It has become a staple in my home. My adult kids love them too and make them at their homes. Downshiftology is frequented by me as sooooo many recipes are absolutely delicious. I love all the additional information you supply as well. So helpful. But I love the simplicity in which you are. You are so authentic and genuine, your recipes are simple and not complicated, yet delicious. Perfect. I love your mom in their too! Thanks for doing what you do!

    • Hi Beth – Wow, you are so sweet! I’m happy to hear you and your family are loving all my recipes. I always try to include as much information as I can so that every time you cook or bake, it turns out perfectly :) I hope you continue to enjoy all my recipes and lifestyle tips into the new year and learn some new things along the way.

  23. My oven now requires complete cleaning–thankful ( I guess) for self cleaning oven!!! We DID enjoy the chicken but won’t be using it again as the mess is just too much!!!

    • Hi Darlene – I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, but I’m surprised on the oil mess! I’ve made this numerous times and have had no such problem, so I’m wondering if you are using a conventional oven?

  24. Tastes amazing but makes a god awful splattery mess in the oven. Followed directions exactly as described and my oven is completely splattered with avocado oil. I would pan sear the chicken on both sides first next time so the juices from the chicken don’t hit the oil drops in the bottom of the pan as much hopefully.

    • Hi Mike – I’m so glad you found this recipe great! But in terms of the oil splatter, I am wondering if you are baking with a regular oven or convection oven? Tons of my followers and myself have made this recipe numerous times, with no problems when it comes to oil. It is normal for it to splatter a little, such as baking bacon in the oven, but other than that it shouldn’t go beyond that. Let me know as I would love to get to the bottom of this!

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

  26. 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 ;)

  27. 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 :)

  28. Just made for dinner. Turned out great. 

  29. 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. :)

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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 ! 

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

  34. 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 ;-).

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

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

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

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

  39. 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!

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