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This oven baked chicken thighs recipe is truly the best! Here’s how to bake them so they’re succulent and juicy, with a crispy exterior.

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“Life changing” is a phrase that’s completely over-used, but here’s a little kitchen trick that we think truly is…yep, life changing. Try this incredible oven baked chicken thighs recipe! This easy method is the secret to perfectly seasoned meat with a crispy skin and juicy, succulent interior. Dunk them in a bit of buffalo ranch and it’s pure heaven (and in all honesty, the favorite bite I’ve taken all year!). Here are all the tricks of how to bake chicken thighs to perfection.

What you need for this chicken thighs recipe

Many chefs and experts say chicken thighs are the best cut of chicken. Why? They’re fattier than chicken breasts, which gives them a more intense, rich flavor than the white meat.

The best type for baked chicken thighs is bone-in, skin-on thighs. When you bake chicken with the bone in, the flavors inside the bone spread out onto the meat, leaving you with a meatier, richer flavor (per Bon Appetit, who says “bone-in chicken thighs are just plain better.”).

In our taste tests, we tend to agree. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs might be easy to eat, but they don’t hold a candle to the bone-and-skin version! Plus, the crispy skin adds both flavor and texture.

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How to season baked chicken thighs

The best seasonings for baked chicken thighs? Our custom seasoning blend works wonders. The secret is to make sure to rub the blend on all sides of the chicken and under the skin. That’s right, just stretch the skin and rub a generous amount under it. This is the key to infusing the seasoning throughout the meat! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the chicken seasoning are:

  • Kosher salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried thyme
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Allspice

The key to crispy baked chicken thighs

The key to crispy baked chicken thighs isn’t really a secret: people have been talking about it for years. It’s baking powder! Add a bit of baking powder to the seasoning mix and it makes for a perfectly crispy skin. What’s the right ratio? In the recipe below, we use 1 teaspoon baking powder for 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.

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How long to bake chicken thighs

How long to bake chicken thighs depends on the temperature of your oven: at 450°F you’ll need 25 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F at the thickest point. You’ll want to use an oven-safe rack that’s placed on top of a baking sheet to get the best crispy exterior. Here’s how to bake chicken thighs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture on all sides of the chicken, then rub it under the skin as well. Arrange the chicken thighs on a oven-safe rack that’s placed on top of a baking sheet.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken at its thickest part is 165°F.
  4. Allow the chicken thighs to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: You can also use the convection setting on your oven. Set it to 450°F and reduce the bake time to 20 to 25 minutes.

Buffalo ranch sauce

Sauces to serve: buffalo ranch and more!

These baked chicken thighs come out irresistibly crispy and perfectly seasoned. Take them up another level served with buffalo ranch sauce, a quick and easy dipping sauce you can stir together in just a few minutes! The first bite I had of these with the sauce was pure bliss. Of course, there are many other sauces for chicken thighs! Here are a few ideas:

Buy organic chicken if possible

When shopping for baked chicken thighs, keep in mind: the best chicken to buy is organic. Buying organic makes sure that it is the highest quality meat that was raised sustainably. It is also free of chemicals and additives so it’s the healthiest option for eating, and overall: it just tastes better!

Per the USDA, organic chicken must be raised in living conditions that accommodate their natural behaviors (like grazing on pasture), fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not given antibiotics or hormones.

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More chicken recipes

Let us know what you think of this chicken thighs recipe in the comments below! We hope you’ll love it as much as we do. Here are a few more chicken recipes for inspiration:

This baked chicken thighs recipe is…

Gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs (Best Ever!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This oven baked chicken thighs recipe is truly the best! Here’s how to bake them so they’re succulent and juicy, with a crispy exterior.


Ingredients

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  • 8 large chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on, organic if possible (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons* kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 recipe Buffalo Ranch, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry. In a small bowl, mix the salt, seasonings, and baking powder. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture on all sides of the chicken, then rub it under the skin as well. Arrange the chicken thighs on a oven-safe rack that’s placed on top of a baking sheet** (or use an oiled aluminum foil-lined baking sheet).
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken at its thickest part is 165°F. (Or, use the convection setting on your oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes.)
  4. Allow the chicken thighs to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving. Serve as is or with Buffalo Ranch for dipping.

Notes

*Use 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt if you prefer a less salty flavor.

**We use this baking sheet and rack combo.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Chicken
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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5 Comments

  1. Debora Hotard says:

    I am making this for dinner today with air fryer French fries and a green salad. Anxious to see how my guys like it. I have high expectations.

  2. Sheila says:

    I tried this recipe it was very good the chicken was very juicy and tender. I did have to make my own allspice it was the one ingredient I did not have. The Chicken was very delicious I will definitely make it again! Thank you!






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You’re welcome!

  3. Marlot K. says:

    Made this tonight for my family, we love chicken!
    The mix of herbs and aromatics in this recipe is very good, and the baking powder really makes the skin super-crispy, what a great hack that I will always now use on a dry-rub.

    However…you definitely want to reconsider the amount of salt in this recipe. I made as directed (Diamond Crystal kosher) and the salt really overpowered. I should have trusted my cook’s instinct when I saw the salt measure equaling the smoked paprika/garlic powder.
    I would make the recipe again and adjust to maybe 1 tsp of salt to start. Can always add more! Backing off the salt = winner of a dinner :)






  4. Yunus says:

    It looks crispy and delicious 😋