Baked Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings

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These Baked Chicken Thighs are juicy, flavorful, and versatile! They’re made with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and a simple spice rub. Just 5 minutes to prep!

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  1. Ingredients needed for Baked Chicken Thighs:
  2. How to make Baked Chicken Thighs
  3. Baked Chicken Thighs FAQs
  4. Tips and tricks
  5. Serving suggestions
  6. More baked chicken recipes
  7. Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Cooking chicken thighs is never that complicated. Whether it’s Grilled Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, or Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs, they’re pretty hard to mess up!

But let’s be real. It just does not get simpler than Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs. And they’re pretty darn delicious too. Tender and juicy with just the right amount of crispiness!

This recipe is made up of just 6 ingredients, takes 5 minutes to prep, and makes a perfect entree next to any of your favorite side dishes!

You can find more easy Baked Chicken Recipes here.

Ingredients needed for Baked Chicken Thighs:

  • Chicken Thighs: I use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe, but you can definitely make baked boneless chicken thighs if preferred. They won’t need as long to cook and may not be quite as juicy.
  • Canola Oil: rubbing the chicken with oil adds moisture and helps the seasonings stick.
  • Spice Rub: we’re using a simple blend of brown sugar, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
ingredients needed for baked chicken thighs

How to make Baked Chicken Thighs

This oven-baked chicken thighs recipe takes just 5 quick minutes to prep!

  1. Season the chicken: Rub the chicken thighs with oil. Combine brown sugar, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a bowl, then rub that mixture all over the chicken.
  2. Bake: Place the chicken in a large baking dish and bake at 425ºF for 30-40 minutes.

Baked Chicken Thighs FAQs

How long to bake chicken thighs:

The skin-on and bone-in chicken thighs we use in this recipe will need anywhere from 30-40 minutes to bake, depending on the size of the thighs. The best way to check that they’re done is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should be 165ºF!

Should I cover chicken with foil when baking?

There’s usually no need. I leave the chicken thighs uncovered and they come out great. However, if you notice the tops of the thighs starting to brown before the cook time is up, you can cover them with foil to prevent them from burning while they finish baking.

Can you make baked boneless chicken thighs?

Yep! If you’d prefer to use boneless chicken thighs, that works too, they will probably take closer to 20 minutes to cook all the way through.

How to store baked chicken:

Leftover baked chicken thighs will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. To freeze, I recommend pulling the meat off the bone and storing in a freezer bag.
To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then microwave or warm in the oven until heated through.

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Tips and tricks

  • Preheat the oven. If the oven is heating up while the chicken is inside, the outside could burn before the inside is cooked through.
  • Use evenly sized thighs. You want chicken thighs that are roughly the same size so they cook at the same rate.
  • If you prefer an even crispier skin, broil for a 1-2 minutes after baking!
  • Check the temp. The minimum internal temperature of chicken should be 165ºF.
  • Let it rest. I recommend letting the chicken sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing into it to let the juices redistribute throughout the meat.
  • Play with seasonings. You can absolutely get creative with the seasonings you use depending on how you want to serve these. Try Italian seasoning, taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning, etc.
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Serving suggestions

These Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs are a super versatile entree, so serve them up with any of your favorite side dishes! A few of my favorites are roasted green beans, mashed potatoes, garlic parmesan orzo pasta, and roasted vegetables.

You can also chop the chicken up and add it to salads, soups, or pastas!

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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

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These Baked Chicken Thighs are juicy, flavorful, and versatile! They're made with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and a simple spice rub. Just 5 minutes to prep!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250cal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs bone in, skin on chicken thighs (about 6-8)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Rub chicken thighs with oil.
  • Combine brown sugar, seasoning salt, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl. Rub over chicken thighs.
  • Place chicken thighs in a large baking dish (it's okay if they touch slightly — they will shrink as they cook) and bake for 30-40 minutes, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads a minimum of 165 degrees F. If the skin is browning too quickly, you can cover with foil.
  • Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 250cal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1286mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Tammy says

    Hi Ashley, could i use skinless boneless for this recipe? What adjustments could i need to make if so. Thanks in advance
    Love your recipes

  2. Rose says

    Made this as is – love simple and easy especially when it is delicious! Love the spice mixture so I doubled it for using it later.

  3. Ian says

    Hello Ashley, can you list a few alternatives to the canola oil for me please?

    I just love the versatility of this recipe. My stomach thanks you for all your time and effort!

    • Bayla Meltzer says

      Made this tonight for the family and aside from being fast and easy to throw together, it was absolutely delicious and everyone loved it. I followed the recipe exactly as written with no changes.

  4. Cathy Cunningham says

    I learned by trial and error an easy way to get chicken thighs so nice and veery crispy. I heat my oven to 425. Sprinkle some coarse salt in cast iron skillet. Add thighs, bake for about 20 minutes and turn skin side up. Bake until done. We get really big thighs here, so I’ve baked them anywhere from 50 to 60 mins. Just until skin is cracklin’ crisp to your liking and chicken is not overdone.

    • Ian says

      Hi Cathy,

      Does the chicken taste better well cooked? Do you have a rule of thumb about how long to leave them in the oven?

      I was thinking about making them spicier! I’m now wondering if that is such a good idea.

  5. Karen Bailey says

    Hi Ashley, I would to try todays recipe but not sure where to get the Canola oil from, can you help please? Thank you, Karen

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Karen, canola oil is sold on the grocery aisle with all of the other oils. If you can’t find it, it’s ok to use an alternative oil. Hope you enjoy it!

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