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Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs have the most tender and juicy meat, with perfectly crisp skin. This is such a family favorite, we can’t get enough of it!

Baked Chicken Thighs in a baking dish topped with parsley and sitting in its own juices.

I know it feels like boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the coolest thing since sliced bread. I mean, they are everywhere right now. But we can’t get enough of the tender, juicy dark meat that chicken thighs have to offer. So often chicken is overcooked and dry, and you never know what you’re going to get when given chicken at dinner. Rest assured, these crispy oven baked chicken thighs are everything you’ve ever wanted out of a piece of chicken. It doesn’t get any better than this!

This recipe is so versatile, you can prepare any cut of chicken this way. Are you a drumsticks lover? Us too. Chicken breasts? Leave that bone in and skin on and you’ll never see chicken breasts the same again. You can even cut up a whole chicken and use it all in this recipe! Pair it with your favorite sides, like a good mashed potato, grilled corn, and crusty baguette, and you have yourself a to-die-for meal! Don’t take our word for it though, get cooking!

  • Can I use any cut of chicken?

    This recipe does not discriminate. You can use any and all of the chicken here, from wings to breasts. For juicy meat and crispy skin, keep the bone in and skin on. 

  • What should I serve with Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs?

    Keep things old fashioned and serve with creamy mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable on the side. Also, good bread never disappoints on the side of oven baked chicken.

  • Can I cook vegetables with the chicken in the same dish?

    Single sheet pan recipes save SO much extra time and effort. So long as your dish is large enough, you can easily add cubed potatoes or any other vegetable. Just make sure to toss your veggies in oil first and check appropriate cooking times so you don’t under or over cook them. 

Crispy oven baked chicken thigh on white plate

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Crispy oven baked chicken thighs in white baking dish
Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs have the most tender and juicy meat, with perfectly crisp skin. This is such a family favorite, we can’t get enough of it!
Prep Time 10 minutes
40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan or 3 quart baking dish.
  • Trim the chicken thighs of any excess fat or skin. Place chicken thighs directly into the prepared dish, skin side up.
  • Drizzle chicken skin with olive oil and rub to coat.
  • In a small bowl, stir together paprika, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle evenly on top of chicken thighs.
  • Roast chicken in the preheated 450 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove from oven and brush the tops of each piece of chicken with the juices from the pan. Place under the broiler setting for 1 to 2 minutes to finish and add extra crispiness to the skin.


Serving: 1chicken thigh | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chicken THighs
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August 13, 2020 6:43 pm

I do not like chicken thighs, but after trying this recipe, I am sold on chicken thighs. They are juicy and flavorful.

September 18, 2020 6:35 pm
Reply to  Quinta

I never thought i liked them either, but they were delicious!

Marge Brochu
July 27, 2020 5:47 pm

I just love all of your recipes. You are my kind of cook. I haven’t found anything that I don’t love. I avoid everything too spicy for me. Keep up the good work, you are an amazing chef.

Renee O’Neal
May 7, 2020 5:16 pm

I made tonight and was overjoyed !!! Delicious, juicy and full of flavor – not the same old chicken. Will be keeping this recipe – thanks!!!

September 26, 2020 4:38 pm

5 stars
Delicious and easy! Excellent flavor.

September 6, 2020 6:50 pm

5 stars
I used legs instead of thighs and was not thinking ahead at all on cutting down on cook time so my attempt was dry. BUT, my partner said the seasoning was really good. Like, so good he said it aloud twice during dinner. 🙂 I may add a little cayenne next time for kick but overall, worth it.

Linda K Ljunggren
July 8, 2020 12:38 pm

This chicken is yummy and with the thighs it is so moist. Love your recipes.

July 6, 2020 4:45 pm

Tasty! I was making a recipe that called for skin on thighs and realized it was skinless. Saw this and made it. So juicy!!!

Ann Murphy
April 28, 2020 5:59 pm

5 stars
I fixed this tonight using skinless and boneless thighs and they were delicious. My husband and daughter was very pleased with them. I put a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

October 7, 2020 9:27 am
Reply to  Ann Murphy

Hi Ann. Did you have to adjust the cooking time? Thanks

Rebecca Savage
July 21, 2020 9:25 pm

4 stars
I have to eat low carb due to diabetes. This chicken provided a nice crispness without the addition of flour. It was delicious.

July 16, 2020 3:03 pm

5 stars
I love this recipe!!

July 8, 2020 3:29 pm

5 stars
Fantastic. So easy and your instructions are always perfect.

Thank you!

April 25, 2020 9:19 am

5 stars
I don’t do a lot with chicken thighs for some reason but these were fantastic! Crispy skin and juicy inside. Loved.

April 1, 2020 12:53 pm

Would this work with boneless thighs?

April 2, 2020 10:59 am
Reply to  Rebecca

We prefer the flavor of bone-in thighs, but this would also work with boneless.

Chris Storey
October 21, 2020 10:16 am

5 stars
I could of eaten them all, they were that good. Thanks for this wonderful and simple recipe.


Diane Boyd
October 21, 2020 9:42 am

5 stars
Been making these forever!!!! Love them!!! Made me switch from white meat to dark.

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