How to Roast The Juiciest Chicken Thighs

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I am a huge advocate for easy, accessible, meals that don't cause me to spend hours in the kitchen. I love making dinners that are perfect for a weeknight, excellent for meal prep, and can yield leftovers for lunch the next day. Making chicken on the bone can sometimes feel incredibly daunting, from figuring out the perfect temperature to knowing how to time the chicken right, but I finally figured out the perfect timing and temperature combination that yields the BEST tasting, juiciest, and tender chicken thighs you will ever eat. EVER.

Why use bone-in chicken thighs?

I love using bone-in chicken parts for cooking and slow and low roasting or baking because it adds so much more flavor to the meat. When chicken is off the bone, it can dry out very easily. Plus, bone-in chicken adds more collagen and nutrients when cooked with the meat, so no only are you reaping the benefits of the bones in the chicken, but you'll have delicious and tasty chicken this way every single time.

How do you time your chicken thighs?

I did a lot of research on the best ways to roast chicken pieces with bones and without, essentially boneless. I've always baked chicken breasts at 375º for approximately 20-25 minutes. I figured, "let's see if I double the time and increase the heat a touch for chicken thighs" and literally just went with it! It was a lot of trial and error, but once I found the "sweet spot" with time and temp, it was a game changer.

What makes you choose chicken thighs over other pieces?

We love chicken thighs in this house! We prefer the darker meat over the white, for a few reasons!

  • We love the flavor the darker meat gives, especially when baked on the bone.
  • We find that chicken breasts when baked get very dry very quickly.
  • Believe it or not, dark meat provides a few more nutrients than white meat, including healthy fat, zinc, and iron.

Can we get to cooking these chicken thighs now?

I'm so happy you asked! Let's get to it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Pat dry the chicken thighs and place into a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and seasoning and toss to coat the chicken.
  3. Lay the chicken in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

It's seriously that easy!

What are these chicken thighs good for?

I really like making easy and approachable recipes for the week either on the weekend, or early enough during the day so that it's ready for a reasonable dinner time. You can prep the chicken thighs ahead of time, overnight, and throw them in the oven an hour before dinner, and be ready for dinner in minutes. I also really like meal prepping these on the weekend so that I can make a fun side or vegetable to pair it with. No matter how you do it, these roasted chicken thighs will be perfect each and every time, and will taste absolutely delicious.

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How to Roast The Juiciest Chicken Thighs

Want an easy chicken recipe for dinner, that doesn't leave you in the kitchen for hours? This is the easiest recipe for the juiciest baked chicken thighs you will EVER make. Guaranteed perfect each and every time you make them. Truuuust me.

Author:
Morgan

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs with skin, pat dried
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
  • Pat dry the chicken thighs and place into a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and seasoning and toss to coat the chicken.
  • Lay the chicken in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  • Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

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