Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe - Savory Nothings (2024)

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These Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are easy to make and come out so juicy and flavorful! Great for a healthy family dinner, and keto/low carb friendly, too.

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I’m a big fan of baked chicken – be it chicken thighs baked with orzo or oven fried chicken breast or the oven baked chicken thigh recipe I’m sharing here. It’s always a favorite with the family!

I prefer using bone-in, skin-on chicken here, but I’ll be giving you tips for other options as well in case you have something else on hand.

Ingredients you’ll need

Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities!

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Ingredient notes

  • Dried herbs: You can use all Italian seasoning or all dried parsley if you don’t have both on hand. Dried oregano would be another substitute that works quite well.
  • Oil: I prefer using olive oil here, but feel free to use any vegetable oil you use in your cooking.
  • Butter: This is entirely optional for a touch more flavor/browning/juiciness. Just leave it out if you need your chicken thighs to be dairy free!

What kind of chicken thighs to use

I really prefer skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe. It’s how the chicken comes out best!

But if you prefer boneless, skinless chicken thighs: They will bake a lot faster, they should bake in around 25 minutes. The chicken may come out less juicy. I highly recommend using the butter on top of the chicken to help keep it from drying out!

How to make baked chicken thighs in the oven

1. Start by combining the oil and all of the seasoning in a large bowl. This will form a sort of paste and it’s exactly what you want it to be.

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2. Add the chicken thighs to the bowl (work in batches if the bowl is not large enough to comfortably hold all of the chicken).

Toss and dredge the chicken through the seasoning paste, then remove one by one, rubbing the seasoning well into the chicken.

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3. You want to place a foil-lined pan in your oven as it heats up. Once the oven is hot, remove the pan and place the seasoned chicken thighs on it.

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4. Dot the chicken thighs with butter, if using, and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

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5. Baste the chicken with the emerging juices. Return to the oven to continue baking. Baste again 10 minutes later, then finish baking until the chicken is done.

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6. You can finish the chicken under the broiler for 1-2 minutes for some crispiness. Just watch it so it doesn’t burn!

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Recipe tips

  • Make sure to rub the seasoning paste well into each chicken thigh to keep the seasoning on the chicken.
  • In case you don’t want to touch the raw chicken, OR the fat and juices from the chicken wash away a lot of the seasoning during baking: Combine ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ¼ teaspoon dried parsley, ½ teaspoon ground paprika and pepper to taste. Sprinkle evenly over the chicken thighs after the second basting, then finish baking.
  • The internal temperature of the chicken must reach 165°F before consuming. Be sure to check with a meat thermometer before removing the chicken from the oven, as each oven bakes differently/each chicken thigh is sized differently and may not use the exact baking time given in the recipe. See the USDA Minimum Safe Cooking Temperatures Chart.
  • Please use a rimmed pan or a baking dish, as there will be a lot of juices emerging from the chicken during baking.
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Serving ideas

This is such a great recipe for a family meal. You can customize the side dishes to fit everybody’s needs and preferences – this is even great if you’re on a low carb or keto diet yourself, just skip the starchy sides.

Here are some of our favorites:

Starchy sides

  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Rice

Vegetable sides

  • Sautéed Green Beans
  • Sautéed Zucchini

Salad sides

  • Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
  • Tossed salad greens with homemade ranch salad dressing or homemade honey mustard salad dressing
  • Creamy Coleslaw
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More easy chicken thigh recipes

  • Instant Pot Lemon Chicken
  • Instant Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Thighs
  • Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken and Potatoes
  • Chicken and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner

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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

These Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are easy to make and come out so juicy and flavorful! Great for a healthy family dinner, and keto/low carb friendly, too.

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Recipe details

Prep 10 minutes mins

Cook 35 minutes mins

Total 45 minutes mins

Servings 6 servings

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs 6-8 pieces, patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon butter diced

Instructions

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet or large rimmed pan with foil and place in the oven as it heats up (you want the pan to be hot when you add the chicken).

  • Seasoning: Combine olive oil and all seasoning in a large bowl until a paste forms.

  • Season chicken: Place chicken thighs in bowl with seasoning (work in batches if bowl doesn't hold all of the chicken) and toss to coat. Remove each thigh individually, rubbing the seasoning into the skin.

  • Bake: Place chicken thighs on heated pan (careful, hot!); dot with butter. Bake in the hot oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove and baste chicken with emerging juices from the pan. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes, then baste again. Finally, finish baking for 5-15 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

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Notes

Ingredient notes

  • Dried herbs: You can use all Italian seasoning or all dried parsley if you don’t have both on hand. Dried oregano would be another substitute that works quite well.
  • Oil: I prefer using olive oil here, but feel free to use any vegetable oil you use in your cooking.
  • Butter: This is entirely optional for a touch more flavor/browning/juiciness. Just leave it out if you need your chicken thighs to be dairy free!

Recipe tips

  • Make sure to rub the seasoning paste well into each chicken thigh to keep the seasoning on the chicken.
  • In case you don’t want to touch the raw chicken, OR the fat and juices from the chicken wash away a lot of the seasoning during baking:Combine ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ¼ teaspoon dried parsley, ½ teaspoon ground paprika and pepper to taste. Sprinkle evenly over the chicken thighs after the second basting, then finish baking.
  • The internal temperature of the chicken must reach 165°F before consuming. Be sure to check with a meat thermometer before removing the chicken from the oven, as each oven bakes differently/each chicken thigh is sized differently and may not use the exact baking time given in the recipe. See the USDA Minimum Safe Cooking Temperatures Chart.
  • Please use a rimmed pan or a baking dish, as there will be a lot of juices emerging from the chicken during baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 21gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 892mgPotassium: 290mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 323IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition is an estimate.

More recipe information

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

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When I got married to my professional chef husband, I realized I had to step up my game in the kitchen. Now I share my favorite foolproof family recipes here on Savory Nothings: Chef-approved, kid-vetted and easy enough for everyday home cooks like you and me! Learn more.

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  1. Gail says

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    I was looking for something quick, easy & delicious and this recipe was perfect! Paired with some mashed potatoes that I added some of the melted butter I was basting the chicken with….mmm!

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  2. Linda says

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    Delicious!!

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  3. janet says

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    Made these tonight. So good

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  4. Lauren McKiernan says

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    Made this chicken exactly as the recipe stated for family dinner tonight and it was easy & delicious! No leftovers. This is definitely going into the meal rotation! Thank you!

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  5. Paula Oshinski says

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    Hi, Nora! I just made this recipe and it is wonderfully easy! My husband loves chicken thighs, so I was really happy to find your site! Thanks so much!

    Reply

    • Nora says

      I’m so glad, Paula!

      Reply

  6. Betty Gartman says

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    My family loved the chicken ,the recipe was very easy to follow.We loved it.Thank you very much.

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  7. Laura says

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    This recipe was so easy and very very delicious; flavorful and moist. I reduced the salt by half. I added all the spices into a Ziploc bag. Mixed them up really well and then added the oil and just squeezed the bag to make the paste and then added the chicken thighs to the bag rubbing the paste into each thigh. So it was no mess. I will definitely make it again!

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  8. Edie says

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    Saved! The only change I made was to add a teaspoon of minced garlic under the skin and added some cayenne to dry rub. Great!

    Reply

  9. Mary R. says

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    I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and they turned out delicious!!! Leftovers were great – just microwaved for a few minutes. Liked the fact “powders” were used instead the salt version!

    Reply

  10. Evie says

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    I made this for dinner last night using skinless boneless chicken thighs and it was delicious, chicken was lovely, juicy and full of flavour.

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  11. Patty says

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    So flavorful and juicy!! Delish and so easy!!

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    • Nora says

      Glad to hear it, Patty!

      Reply

  12. Elizabeth says

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    Very easy, fast and flavourful. Will make again

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    • Nora says

      Glad to hear it, Elizabeth!

      Reply

  13. Stacy says

    Best baked chicken I have ever made!

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    • Nora says

      I’m so glad, Stacy!

      Reply

  14. Lil says

    The whole family commented on how tasty they were. Will definitely make these again!!! I did modify a little by cutting salt & pepper in 1/2.

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