Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

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CRISPY BAKED CHICKEN THIGHS are the low carb answer to your weeknight dinner! These turn out so juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside with just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes of prep. 

crispy baked chicken thighs on cookie sheet

Keep it simple, silly.

How many times a week do I have to repeat that to myself when trying to figure out what to make for dinner? 

I mean, I love an elaborate meal just as much as the next person, but busy weeknights are for simple, cozy dinners that the family will eat without fuss. 

Enter these crispy baked chicken thighs! 

crispy chicken thighs on baking sheet

We. are. obsessed.

I wanted a really crisp skin, but didn’t want to go to the work of breading or frying and I’m happy to say that both of those things are COMPLETELY unnecessary. This recipe is magic, just like my baked chicken legs.

How to bake chicken thighs:

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You’ll want to purchase skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe or you won’t end up with that crispy exterior. 

Drop your chicken thighs in a large bowl or plastic bag and then drizzle with a bit of oil.

seasoned chicken thighs in glass bowl

I prefer to use avocado oil for this recipe, because we’re baking the thighs at a high heat. Extra virgin olive oil has a smoke point of 350-410 degrees, so I use avocado oil anytime I’m cooking at higher heats. 

To season this baked chicken recipe, sprinkle some paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. <— Keep it simple, silly. 😉 

Regular paprika is great here, but we LOVE using smoked paprika.  Any brand will do, but the one linked is my personal favorite. 

How long do you bake chicken thighs?

chicken thighs on baking sheet

Place your chicken thighs on a baking sheet and pop them in a 400 degree oven for 35-45 minutes. 

The high temp (400 degrees) allows for the chicken skin to crisp up nicely.

The inside of the chicken will be so tender and juicy!

We use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. This helps make sure your chicken comes out perfectly cooked instead of dry and tough. 😉 

We sprinkle a bit of dried parsley on top just before serving. It adds a little pop of color and we do eat with our eyes first, right? 

Baked bone in chicken thighs are a new weeknight favorite in my house.

chicken thighs and broccoli on white plate

What to serve with my easy baked chicken thighs:

My kids love my cauliflower mac and cheese, so it’s always a hit with them. These cauliflower tots are a big hit too.

We also like to serve my extra cheesy broccoli cheese casserole, green beans almondine, or zucchini casserole to get something green on the table.

For dessert, give my mini cheesecakes a try! That strawberry topping is to die for.

oven baked chicken thighs on baking sheet

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Crispy skin, juicy meat, and so easy! This chicken thigh recipe is a weeknight favorite in our house.


  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Add all of the ingredients except for the parsley to a large zip top bag and seal. Smush the chicken around in the bag to coat in the seasoning.
  3. Arrange chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with parsley just before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 796Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 435mgSodium: 1122mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 80g

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