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Easy Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs – The best oven baked chicken thighs are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. This easy one pan recipe is made with just a few ingredients. These easy baked chicken thighs are perfectly seasoned and perfectly crispy! Once and your family will be asking you to make them again and again
Make these crispy baked chicken thighs. They are that good! Baked chicken is a favorite for easy and quick dinners and baked chicken thighs are a delicious and often overlooked option. Out of all of the recipes for chicken thighs that I’ve tried, this is my favorite!
Why oven baked chicken thighs?
If chicken breasts are what you have on hand, try my favorite Baked Chicken Breast recipe. It’s my simple method for cooking tender, juicy chicken breasts in the oven!
These are some common questions about how to best bake chicken thighs in the oven:
How do you make chicken thighs crispy in the oven? There are a few secrets to crispy chicken thighs. First, before rubbing it with the seasonings, it’s essential that you pat the chicken dry. Just use a paper towel to pat off any excess moisture. This will ensure that your chicken gets a good sear and crisps when it hits the hot oven. Rubbing some olive oil over the chicken also helps it to crisp, as does baking it at a high temperature. I find that my chicken crisps enough without broiling, though you can broil the chicken for a few minutes after it bakes.
Should you bake boneless skinless chicken thighs or bone in with skin? For this recipe, I prefer to use bone in skin on chicken thighs. The bone in thighs turn out juicier and the skin gets extra crispy as it bakes. You can certainly use boneless skinless chicken thighs in this recipe.
How long do you cook chicken thighs in the oven and at what temperature? Bake your chicken thighs at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes. If using boneless chicken thighs bake about 10 minutes less. You want the internal temperature of your chicken to reach at least 165 degrees F when measured with an instant-read thermometer. Be sure to insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken thigh, and don’t let it touch the bone.
How do you make juicy baked chicken thighs? If you aren’t careful, it’s really easy to make juicy baked chicken thighs, Unlike baked chicken breasts which can turn out dry! The thigh meat is naturally more moist than chicken breast meat. Using bone-in chicken thighs helps to ensure juicy baked chicken. Even if you over-bake your chicken thighs by a few minutes they will still be moist and yummy.