Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

I make no secret of my unbridled love of chicken thighs, baked and roasted chicken thighs in particular. I have possibly said all I need to say about the tender, moist, forgiving meat. The crackling skin with a generous dusting of salt and pepper, made even crisper with a light rub of olive oil before heading into a very hot oven. The fact that my younger son can make short work out of two or three pieces, and will pilfer any extra crispy skin from any non-alert family member’s plate. I’ve exhausted the topic.

How to Bake Chicken Thighs

But I have not thus far on this website put forth a plain baked chicken thigh. Unadorned, perfect, delicious. 5 minutes into the oven, the perfect dinner to make when you are simply too tired to think and too tired to cook and not in the mood to spend any money.

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

The best, the easiest baked chicken thigh recipe—hard to imagine a better (and more economical!) weeknight meal.

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How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs

The baking time for chicken thighs depends on the oven temperature, and also the size and thickness of the chicken thighs, which can vary from 3 ounces to 6 ounces. The below chart is for chicken thighs that weigh about 4 or 5 ounces each. I like to bake the thighs at a high temperature, which is technically more like roasting, to get a crispy skin.

Oven TemperatureCooking Time
350° F1 hour
375° F50 minutes
400° F45 minutes
425° F40 minutes

How to Bake Chicken Thighs

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or foil, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Rub the chicken thighs with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil. Place them on the baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.

Bake the chicken for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165°F).  Serve hot, room temperature or cold.

Dressing Up Baked Chicken Thighs

And with that said, should you want to add a little something on top, do it, do it.   Try drizzling them with green olive tapenade dressing. Other things that have ended up on a roasted chicken thigh in my house are Ramp Chimichurri Sauce, Kale Pesto Recipe, Nut-Free Basil Pesto with Pecorino Romano, Creamy Mustard-Oregano Sauce, Herb Dipping Sauce, and whatever is lurking around in the fridge.

Roasted Chicken Thighs

What to Serve with Baked Chicken Thighs

Here the simple chicken is paired up with some roasted brussels sprouts with Parmesan (recipe coming!) and mashed potatoes.  In the summer go for something more like Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon and Lemon Buttermilk Dressing and a salad.

Or just keep it very simple and go for a salad and rice or mashed potatoes, for the world’s most reassuring dinner.

Now that you have the basic version  in your arsenal, give these other recipes a go.

Roasted Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes:

And keep this link handy (in fact roast extra thighs for this very purpose!): 35 Things To Make With Leftover Shredded Chicken

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How to Bake Chicken Thighs

The easiest roasted chicken thigh recipe — hard to imagine a better (and more economical!) weeknight meal.
Yield: 4 People
Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken bone-in, skin-on thighs about 2 ½ pounds
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or foil, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Rub the chicken thighs with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil. Place them on the baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the chicken for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165°F).  Serve hot, room temperature or cold.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 283mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 592mg | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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