Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

by Molnár-Papp Orsolya Anna

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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are one of the easiest, mess-free, and crowd-pleasing comfort food you can put on your family table. These baked chicken thighs are juicy on the inside and crispy, spicey on the outside.

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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are one of my go-to meals when it comes to mess-free, quick and simple cooking.

Basically, all you have to do is to prepare the chicken thighs, spice them, and let them bake! One pan, no checking every other minute, and an absolutely delicious meal in the end.

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How to prepare the chicken thighs:

  • If you use frozen chicken, you must thaw them completely (slowly in the fridge) before you use them, so you won’t risk the chicken being raw on the inside after baking them.
  • You shouldn’t wash your chicken because it creates more mess to clean and increases the risk of contaminating the area. Not to mention, washing the chicken won’t kill any bacteria, only cooking/baking them will. Instead of washing them, all you need to do is to pat them dry with paper towels.
  • After you dried them, drizzle them with a little oil and spice them.

How to bake the chicken thighs:

  • It’s important that you leave enough space between the chicken thighs, so it’ll cook through fully and the skin will be crispier.
  • I used chicken thighs with bones in and skins on, but the bake time will vary if you use boneless and/or skinless chicken.
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the approximated bake/roast time is the following:
Type of ChickenWeightRoasting 350 °F
Legs or thighs4 to 8 oz.40 to 50 min.
Drumsticks4 oz.35 to 45 min.
USDA Safe food handling and preparation
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the chicken thigh is at least 165˚F (74˚C). If you use chicken thighs with bones in, stick the thermometer nearest to the bone and on the thickest part of the thigh.
  • If you want crispier skin, use the oven broiler for 3-5 minutes (or until you achieve the wanted crispiness), or use a kitchen torch and lightly crisp the skin.

Read more about how to handle and prepare chicken safely here!

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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are one of the easiest, mess-free, and crowd-pleasing comfort food you can put on your family table. These baked chicken thighs are juicy on the inside and crispy, spicey on the outside.
Course Main Course
Keyword Chicken, chicken thighs, oven baked, Oven baked chicken thighs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Molnár-Papp Orsolya Anna

Ingredients

  • 1 pair Chicken thighs
  • 1 pair Chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Rosemary dried
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Basil dried
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper dried
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch optional, just for easier coating
  • 1 whole Garlic
  • 1 whole Purple Onion

Instructions

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towel.
  • After you dried them, drizzle them with a little oil and spice them.
  • Peel the onion and the garlic cloves.
  • Quarter the onion.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a pan (make sure, the pan has a higher rim, so the dripping fats won't overflow, also if you want less fat in your meal, use a rack) – It's important that you leave enough space between the chicken thighs, so it'll cook through fully and the skin will be crispier.
  • Place the onion and the garlic cloves around and in between the chicken thighs.

Baking

  • Bake them on 350°F for 45 minutes. – Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the chicken thigh is at least 165˚F (74˚C). If you use chicken thighs with bones in, stick the thermometer nearest to the bone and on the thickest part of the thigh.
  • If you want crispier skin, use the oven broiler for 3-5 minutes (or until you achieve the wanted crispiness), or use a kitchen torch and lightly crisp the skin.

Notes

  • If you use frozen chicken, you must thaw them completely (slowly in the fridge) before you use them, so you won’t risk the chicken being raw on the inside.
  • You shouldn’t wash your chicken because it creates more mess to clean and increases the risk of contaminating the area. Not to mention, washing the chicken won’t kill any bacteria, only cooking/baking them will.
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the approximated bake/roast time is the following:
    Type of Chicken
    Weight
    Roasting 350 °F
    Legs or thighs
    4 to 8 oz.
    40 to 50 min.
    Drumsticks
    4 oz.
    35 to 45 min.
    USDA Safe food handling and preparation
  • I used chicken thighs with bones in and skins on, but the bake time will vary if you use boneless and/or skinless chicken.
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