Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (optional, for extra sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (optional, for richness)
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (optional, such as parsley or rosemary)

Equipment and Utensils

  • Large oven-safe skillet (cast iron works great)
  • Tongs

Instructions

1. Preparation

  • Pat dry the chicken: Use paper towels to pat the chicken thighs dry. This will help the skin crisp up nicely.
  • Season generously: Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme. Season both sides of the chicken thighs liberally with the seasoning mix.

2. Cooking

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Heat the oil: Heat the olive oil in your skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Sear the chicken: Carefully place seasoned chicken thighs skin-side down in the hot skillet. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown and releases easily from the pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan; cook in batches if needed.
  • Flip and transfer to the oven: Flip the chicken thighs over and transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  • Optional: Add sauce and butter: If desired, once the chicken is cooked through, remove the pan from the oven and place on the stovetop over medium heat. Add chicken broth and butter, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for a minute or two to thicken slightly.

3. Finishing and Serving

  • Rest: Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute.
  • Garnish and serve: If desired, garnish with chopped fresh herbs. Serve alongside your favorite sides like roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.

Tips

Crispier skin: For extra-crispy skin, start with a cold skillet and place the chicken skin-side down. Increase the heat gradually to medium and allow the fat to render slowly.

Flavor variations: Experiment with different spice blends like paprika or Italian seasoning.

Finishing touch: Squeeze a touch of lemon juice over the chicken before serving for a bright flavor boost.

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