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.
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.
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.
We love chicken thighs in this house! We prefer the darker meat over the white, for a few reasons!
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It's seriously that easy!
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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