This Oven Baked Chicken Thighs recipe is ready to eat in just 40 minutes. When chicken thighs are roasted in the oven, they are so juicy with deliciously crispy skin. 

This recipe costs about $10.26 to make four servings. That is just $2.57 per serving!

An overhead picture of the finished baked chicken thighs in a pan.

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

There are a lot of Oven Baked Chicken thigh recipes out there on the internet. I’ve added my recipe because it is an easy, fuss-free main dish bursting with flavor. And don’t even get me started on the crispy skin! 

Chicken thighs are dark meat naturally more flavorful than other pieces, such as the breast. When you add my simple spice blend before baking, these are off-the-charts delicious. 

The skin is perfectly crisp, while the meat is juicy and tender. This recipe is versatile because it is a basic chicken recipe that goes well with almost any side dish. You can even increase the spice for this recipe by adding a pinch of chili powder and cayenne.

These Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are my top recommendation for a hands-free, simple chicken recipe to add to your menu rotation. If you’re looking for a broiler recipe, check out my Broiled Chicken Thighs

The finished oven baked chicken on a grey plate with rice and broccoli.

What I Love About Baked Chicken Thighs

  1. Crispy skin, juicy inside: Forget dry chicken—crispy perfection meets tender, flavorful meat in every bite.
  2. Easy as 1-2-3: Toss, bake, devour. Minimal effort, maximum comfort food satisfaction.
  3. Budget-friendly feast: Feed the crew without breaking the bank. Chicken thighs are my wallet’s secret weapon.
  4. Always a hit: I’ve served these for weeknights and dinner parties. No matter the setting, everyone raves about them!

Ingredients & Estimated Cost:

Per Serving Cost: $2.57

Recipe Cost: $10.26

This recipe celebrates the magic of transforming everyday staples like chicken thighs and seasonings into pure comfort food bliss.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

  • 8 chicken thighs ($9.80): Flavorful and forgiving, chicken thighs are the budget-friendly hero of weeknight meals, always juicy and delicious.
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil ($0.28): Ensures even seasoning and promotes crispy skin. Plus, it imparts a delicious, mild flavor. 
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.01): Salt plays a crucial role in enhancing the flavor and texture of chicken thighs. Salt pulls moisture from the surface of the chicken towards the inside, concentrating the natural flavors. Additionally, salt breaks down proteins in the meat, making them more tender and juicy.
  • ½ teaspoon pepper ($0.03): Pepper acts as a flavor “booster,” enhancing the other seasonings used in the recipe. It cuts through sweetness and fattiness, creating a more balanced and enjoyable taste profile.
  • ½ teaspoon paprika ($0.01): It offers a subtle sweetness and a gentle heat. Plus, it promotes the Maillard reaction, the browning process that creates a flavorful, caramelized, crispy crust.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.03): Garlic powder is slightly hygroscopic, meaning it attracts and retains moisture. This helps keep the chicken thighs juicy and tender, even when baked. 
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley ($0.10): It offers a slight citrusy brightness that cuts through fat and richness, keeping the flavor profile lively and refreshing.

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in June 2024.

How to Bake Chicken Thighs in the Oven:

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray. Trim the chicken thighs of excess fat.

The chicken thighs trimmed of excess fat.

Next, brush olive oil over the chicken thighs.

Olive oil being brushed over the chicken.

Then, combine the seasonings in a small bowl.

The seasonings being combined in a small bowl.

Sprinkle the seasoning blend over both sides of the chicken thighs.

Seasoning sprinkled over raw chicken thighs.

Place the chicken in the baking dish.

The chicken in a baking dish before it's baked.

Finally, bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken thighs.

The finished baked chicken thighs in a pan.

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Serving & Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep the roasted chicken thighs at room temperature for up to two hours before they will need to be refrigerated. 

STORE: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

FREEZE: Once the chicken is cool, place it in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag and freeze for 4-5 months.

DEFROST: Defrost the chicken in the refrigerator overnight.

REHEAT: Warm the chicken in a 350-degree F oven for 10-20 minutes or until heated. 

A close up picture of the finished chicken in a baking dish.

Recipe FAQs

What temp should chicken thighs be cooked to?

The internal temperature should read 165 degrees.

Should I cover chicken with foil when baking?

It is unnecessary to cover the baking dish before baking these chicken thighs. However, leaving it uncovered helps the skin get extra crispy during baking.

Can you overcook chicken thighs?

While you can overcook chicken thighs, it is more difficult than overcooking chicken breasts. This is another reason I love cooking chicken thighs. Baking until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees results in juicy meat.  

How long to bake chicken thighs?

It will take about 35-45 minutes to bake these chicken thighs.

Is it better to bake chicken at 350 or 400?

I prefer baking chicken thighs at 400 degrees F. The thighs cook quicker and produce crispier skin, and the chicken is more flavorful due to faster browning.

Why are my baked chicken thighs rubbery?

There are two main culprits: overcooked chicken that zaps moisture and undercooked chicken that does not reach a high enough temperature to melt collagen, the rubbery stuff. Aim for juicy inside, golden-brown outside, and 165°F internal temperature for perfect thighs!

Do you put water in the pan when baking chicken?

You don’t need to add water to the pan when baking chicken. Doing so can lead to soggy skin and steamed, rather than roasted, flavor.

More Chicken Recipes

  1. Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos
  2. Chicken Divan Casserole
  3. Crockpot Whole Chicken
  4. Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles
  5. Chicken Barley Soup
  6. Chicken Enchilada Casserole
  7. Cranberry Chicken Salad with Pecans
  8. Stovetop Chicken Souvlaki
  9. Grilled BBQ Chicken
  10. Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Watch How To Make Baked Chicken Thighs

I aim to cater to different learning styles. If you prefer learning by watching, watch a video of this recipe below.

An overhead picture of the finished oven baked chicken thighs recipe in a white baking dish.
3.99 from 180 votes

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Recipe Cost $ $10.26
Serving Cost $ $2.57
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
4 people
This Oven Baked Chicken Thighs recipe is ready to eat in just 40 minutes. When chicken thighs are roasted in the oven, they are so juicy with deliciously crispy skin.

Equipment

  • 9×13-inch baking dish
  • Measuring spoons
  • small bowl
  • mixing spoon
  • Instant-read thermometer

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions

PREP OVEN AND BAKING DISH:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish with a light coating of cooking spray.

PREP CHICKEN:

  • Trim the chicken thighs of excess fat.
  • Brush olive oil over the chicken thighs.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and parsley.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning blend over both sides of the chicken thighs and place them in the prepared baking dish.

BAKE:

  • Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees. The time varies depending on how big the chicken thighs are.

Notes

  • You can use boneless skinless thighs for this recipe if you prefer.
  • I like to spoon some of the chicken juices about 10 minutes before it is finished to help everything crisp up in the final moments.
  • You can increase the spice for this recipe by adding a pinch of chili powder and cayenne.

Nutrition

Serving: 2chicken thighs | Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 756mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.05g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

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61 Comments

  1. This recipe looks so easy! I can see it being one of my go-to weeknight dishes.

  2. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    We love healthy recipes like this and baked chicken is the way to go looks great!

  3. Lima Ekram says:

    A great super simple chicken recipe – love this!

  4. Carrie Robinson says:

    I just love easy and budget friendly dinner ideas like this! Making this soon for sure. 🙂

  5. Oven baked chicken looks so delicious and juicy! I can’t wait to try this recipe! My family and I are going to love this recipe!

  6. Just tried it – SUPER easy (I’m extremely inexperienced in cooking) and the seasonings are simple but delicious. Thank you!!

    1. Katie, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by to let me know! 🙂

  7. Just tried it. Easy peasy, simple and yummy.

    1. Sue, so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! 🙂

  8. Making this tonight, minus the parsley which I don’t have. Dinner, lunch, dinner, lunch. With quinoa or in a salad. Maybe cubed in paneer and basmati rice if I get frisky.

    1. Enjoy! I just made these last night because my family loves them so much!

  9. I make this all the time with baked sweet potato and green. bean casserole.
    .yummy!

  10. I cook for our Meals on wheels and this will be perfect! I have 41 to cook for on Monday.

    1. Yay! So glad this recipe will come in handy for such a great cause!

  11. IM MAKING THIS TODAY WITH CROCKPOT DRESSING, AND SOME VEGGIES. ITS ALWAYS A HIT.

  12. Made today for a family dinner. Used skinless, boneless thighs and baked for 25 or 30 minutes. Only change was used smoked paprika instead of regular. Delicious! Definitely a keeper.

  13. Cathy Church says:

    Haven’t tried it yet…… going to try it tonight…… looks so good. Yummy can’t wait.

  14. Sharon Siebert says:

    Made this Tonight. I put also cut up onion, carrots and baby potatoes around the chicken putting drizzled of oil over everything too. Putting it in my ninja foodi xl 10 in 1 on bake. Family loved it.

  15. My super-picky husband loved this. Thank you!

  16. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of powdered tyme and 1/2 teaspoon of cilantro. Great recipe!

  17. Belinda G Hammonds says:

    Making the chicken thigh easy recipe tonight.
    I have all the spices in the cupboard.
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  18. Love this recipe!, So so good! DELICIOUS!

  19. Use a package of Lipton onion soup mix, 1 cup of rice, and two cups of water with the chicken thighs on top. Cover and back 375-400 degrees for about 45 minutes. I season the chicken with texjoy steak seasoning.

  20. Stephanie says:

    I am making this chicken recipe tonight…….looks.so.good! Can’t wait to see if the family will like it.