Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs: Aim for about 6-8 thighs in total.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven & prep pan: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place a wire rack on the baking sheet (this is crucial for air circulation and crispy skin).

2. Pat chicken dry: Remove the chicken thighs from the packaging and pat them very dry with paper towels. Dry chicken = crispier skin.

3. Season generously: In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and thyme (if using). Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken thighs and then rub the spice mixture all over, ensuring you get under the skin as well.

4. Bake skin-side down first: Place chicken thighs on the prepared baking sheet skin-side down for the first 20-25 minutes of baking. This renders some of the fat and starts crisping the skin.

5. Flip and finish: Flip the thighs skin-side up and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes, or until the skin is a beautiful golden brown and the juices run clear. For extra crispiness, you can broil for the last 2-3 minutes, keeping a close eye to prevent burning.

6. Check for doneness: The best way to ensure the chicken is cooked through is to use a meat thermometer. It should register 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.

7. Rest and serve: Allow the chicken thighs to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This helps redistribute the juices for a tender bite. Enjoy!

Tips

Marinate for extra flavor: If you have time, marinate the chicken in the spice mix (or your favorite marinade) for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

No wire rack? If you don’t have a rack, elevate the chicken slightly on crumpled aluminum foil to promote airflow and better crisping.

Adjust spices: Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little heat, or your favorite herb blend.

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