Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Baked Chicken Thighs are a succulent and flavorful dish that combines the perfect balance of tender, juicy meat, and crispy skin. This versatile meal is seasoned with a delightful blend of herbs and spices, then oven-baked to golden perfection. The simplicity of this classic comfort food makes it an ideal choice for a family dinner, while its delectable taste ensures it remains a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. Pair Baked Chicken Thighs with your favorite side dishes for a mouthwatering culinary experience that will leave you craving more.

Recipe for Baked Chicken Thighs

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: fresh chopped chives for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Prepare a baking tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy cleaning.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine smoked paprika, garlic granules, onion granules, dried basil, dried rosemary, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  3. Gently pat the chicken thighs dry using paper towels. Lightly coat each thigh with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Evenly distribute the prepared seasoning blend over the chicken thighs, making sure to cover both sides thoroughly.
  5. Position the seasoned chicken thighs on the lined baking tray with the skin side facing up, ensuring there is enough space between each piece.
  6. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and have a crispy, golden-brown skin.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the chicken thighs to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Optionally, garnish with freshly chopped chives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 467 kcal
  • Protein: 32 g
  • Fat: 33 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 185 mg
  • Sodium: 398 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 1 g