25-Minute Crispy Bone-In Chicken Thighs
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This three ingredient recipe for bone-in chicken thighs will become your go-to method for cooking chicken with perfectly crispy skin, juicy meat, and lots of flavor in every bite. Learn the steps for preparing this basic, mouth-watering chicken thigh recipe that will have everyone asking for seconds!
Baked bone-in chicken thighs are so good! They emerge from the oven with puffy, deliciously crispy skin that’s super-tasty. This recipe is simple as can be, one of the easiest chicken thigh dinner recipes you can make, next to easy marinated chicken thighs. This recipe is perfect for busy nights when you don’t have too much time to cook but still want delicious chicken dinner ideas.
Bone-in chicken thighs with skin have an unbeatable rich and savory taste that comes from the combination of the meat, skin, and seasonings baked in a hot oven.
Try this dish if you’re a fan of air-fryer chicken thighs or simply looking for foolproof, everyday baked chicken thigh recipes.
Ingredients needed for the recipe
- Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs: Chicken thighs naturally contain more fat than white meat parts (breasts), which adds flavor and helps keep the chicken moist while it cooks. Unlike baked chicken breasts, chicken thighs are much less likely to dry out or become overcooked. Chicken thighs with bone and skin are often sold in packages in grocery stores. You’ll need 6-8 individual pieces for 4-6 servings, totaling about 3 pounds.
- Seasoning: Along with salt and black pepper, use 2 tablespoons of whatever chicken seasoning blend you enjoy to enhance the flavor of the chicken thighs. I like everything seasoning sprinkled on chicken because it’s an all-in-one mixture that literally has a little bit of “everything” — garlic powder, dried onions, salt, pepper and crunchy seeds. Some of my other favorite spice blends for poultry include grilled chicken rub, herbs de Provence, Italian seasoning, curry spices, or Southwest mixes.
- Olive oil: Olive oil helps to crisp up the skin and also adds flavor.
Prep and cooking steps
- After 25 minutes, you can use a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature is about 165 degrees.
- Make ahead and reheating: Baked chicken thighs will keep refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen in an airtight container for 1 month. It’s best to reheat the chicken in a 350 degree oven until heated through — microwaving will make the skin less crisp.
What to serve with bone-in chicken thighs
Make an easy dinner and serve the chicken thighs with side dishes like quickly sauteed broccoli, 5-minuted steamed Brussels sprouts, potatoes or rice.
25-Minute Crispy Bone-In Chicken Thighs
- 8 (1.3 kg) bone-in chicken thighs, 6-7 ounces each, with skin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons (30 6) chicken seasoning, or your favorite all-purpose seasoning (I used everything seasoning)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 (220 C) degrees.
- Choose a rimmed baking sheet just large enough hold the chicken without crowding (approximately 13"x9"). Line it with parchment paper or foil for easy clean-up.
- Put the chicken thighs on the pan. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and the seasoning blend evenly on both sides of the chicken. Arrange the pieces skin-side up and drizzle about a tablespoon of oil over them.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until the skin is puffed and golden brown. The internal temperature of the chicken should register 165-175 (76C) degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Serve the chicken with the pan juices spooned alongside.
Karen’s Notes and Tips
- Use a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature is 165-175 degrees.
- Make ahead: Baked chicken thighs will keep refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen in an airtight container for 1 month. It’s best to reheat the chicken in a 350 degree oven until heated through — microwaving will make the skin less crisp.
- I like everything seasoning sprinkled on chicken because it’s an all-in-one mixture that literally has a little bit of “everything” — garlic powder, dried onions, salt, pepper and crunchy seeds. Use your favorite spice blends for poultry including seasonings such as grilled chicken rub, herbs de Provence, Italian seasoning, curry spices, or Southwest mixes.
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