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Chipotle Rubbed Chicken Thighs on a plate with warmed tortillas

Lately I’ve developed a loving obsession with chicken thighs. They are just way too good. The skin gets gloriously crispy, the meat always tender and juicy….heaven! They are super easy to make. I serve them with warm tortillas and a vegetable to make myself feel good. I smear the tortillas around in the drippings on my plate and I swear I’m in a trance. Don’t think you can handle skin and bones? Think again my friend. These are amazing! With chipotle trending in the food world, you should be able to find chipotle chili powder in a nearby grocery store. That picture above? Looks burnt, but it totally isn’t. The chipotle is such a dark color to begin with. It’s actually a very deep red. Chipotle chili powder has a nice smokiness that is just so dang tasty, it might be addicting.


8 chicken thighs
2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tablespoons butter


1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Lay out the chicken thighs in the prepared pan, skin-side up. 

3. Combine all the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle generously over the meat. 

4. Divide the butter up into 8  little clumps. Place 1 clump on top of each chicken thigh.

5. Bake for about 45 minutes.

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Can you make this recipe with the skin on the chicken as I am trying to make this a little healthier

I'm guessing you meant can you cook this with the skin off. Yes, it will technically cook and be edible, but the skin provides a protective covering which keeps the juices in the chicken in. Without the skin you run the risk of your chicken drying out. If you'd rather not eat the chicken skin then I would recommend cooking it with the skin on and simply remove it before eating.

Awesome. I wish people would not be afraid of bone-in chicken. It really makes all the difference.

Amen! Boneless skinless chicken breast is such a waste!

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