How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs

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Want the trick for the perfect, juicy baked chicken thighs every time? The key is high heat! I’ll show you how long to bake chicken thighs in this easy recipe.

Whether you’re baking bone-in or boneless chicken thighs – or skin-on or skinless chicken thighs – this recipe is the only one you need for juicy chicken thighs. I use this trick almost weekly!

Sick and tired of dry, lifeless chicken thighs? Well you’ve come to the right place! This recipe for baked chicken thighs is a simple, blank canvas for all your chicken thigh needs. Whether you’re looking to use them Lemon Pepper Chicken or Honey Mustard Chicken or if you’re adding them to soup or wanting a protein on top of a salad, this recipe is just what you need!

Seasoned chefs and home cooks just starting out, you’re going to love this trick for the best chicken thighs every time. Chicken thighs are especially flavorful and juicy, the perfect base for really any sauce or seasoning.

    Looking for a chicken breast trick too? Try my method for baking Juicy Chicken Breast At 425.

      Ingredients for Baked Chicken Thighs

      • Chicken thighs – you can use skinless or skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe. You can also use boneless or bone-in chicken thighs. I personally like boneless skinless chicken thighs. They are extra juicy and delicious!
      • Salt and pepper and/or seasoning of choice – besides salt and pepper, other seasonings are optional. See my post below for seasoning ideas!
      Baked Chicken Thighs (How to Bake Chicken Thighs) Ingredients

      How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs

      This recipe is SO easy. It takes 18-23 minutes at 425 degrees. See the recipe card for tips and tricks, and more details!

      How to Make Baked Chicken Thighs

      Want juicy baked chicken thighs every time? Follow these instructions. Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!

      1. Preheat.

        Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil (if desired).

      2. Bake.

        Place chicken thighs on the baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper (and/or seasoning of choice) and bake for 18-23 minutes. It’s difficult to overcook chicken thighs, so don’t worry if the internal temp is higher than 165°F!

      3. For Skin-On Thighs.

        If you are baking skin-on chicken thighs and prefer crispier skin, bake them for 5 minutes longer.

      4. Rest.

        Remove chicken from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.Let baked chicken thighs rest before serving.

      Tips for the Juiciest, Most Tender Chicken Thighs

      • Buy chicken thighs that are similar sizes so they will be done baking at the same time!
      • Let your chicken rest after cooking for 5 minutes out of the oven.
      • I don’t recommend marinating skin-on chicken thighs. You can marinate skinless chicken thighs if you’d like (optional but definitely not mandatory)! Marinate them right before baking or up to 24 hours in advance.
      • An easy marinade for skinless chicken thighs is ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar,  ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper for 1 ½ pounds skinless chicken thighs.

      What to Serve With Baked Chicken Thighs

      You really can’t go wrong! Chicken thighs can be served in so many ways. Try serving with my favorite side dishes like Risotto, Lyonnaise Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables or Caponata.

      You can also serve chicken thighs with simple sauces like Tzatziki, BBQ sauce, or hot sauce!

      Looking for a chicken thigh main dish instead? Try easy Chicken Adobo!

      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

      Can I use boneless skinless OR bone-in skin on chicken thighs?

      You can use either! I personally prefer boneless skinless thighs. If you use skin on chicken thighs, you can increase the bake time by 5 minutes for extra crispy skin if preferred.

      Do I need to marinate chicken thighs?

      I don’t personally marinate chicken thighs, but you can marinate skinless chicken thighs if you prefer! I don’t recommend marinating skin-on chicken thighs since the extra moisture yields to soggy skin.

      How do I marinate skinless chicken thighs?

      For marinating skinless chicken thighs, place a gallon Ziploc bag inside another gallon Ziploc bag. Add chicken to double bag along with marinade. Wash hands, seal bags, and massage chicken with marinade. You can also toss your chicken in the marinade directly on a baking sheet if you don’t have plastic bags. You can marinate chicken right before baking or up to 24 hours ahead.

      What are some seasoning ideas for baked chicken thighs?

      Try just salt and pepper, a chili lime seasoning (1 teaspoon chili powder and 1 juiced limed), a southwest, Mexican, BBQ, or Italian herb blend, Chinese five spice, za’tar or sumac for mediterranean flavor, or make your own seasoning!

      How do I keep chicken thighs warm in the oven?

      If you aren’t ready to eat, keep chicken warm in the oven, in a sealed foil package, at 170 degrees for up to an hour.

      How do I reheat chicken thighs?

      Reheat chicken in a 350 degree oven, in a sealed foil package, for 10-15 minutes (or until hot)!

      How do I store chicken thighs?

      Store leftover chicken thighs in a covered container after chicken has cooled, for up to 4 days.

      Can I freeze cooked chicken thighs?

      Absolutely! Freeze chicken thighs in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw chicken in fridge 24 hours in advance before reheating.

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      How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs

      Want the trick for the perfect, juicy baked chicken thighs every time? The key is high heat! I'll show you how long to bake chicken thighs in this easy recipe.
      5 from 34 votes
      Prep Time: 5 minutes
      Cook Time: 20 minutes
      Total Time: 25 minutes
      Course: Main Course, Side Dish, tips & tricks
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: any season
      Servings: 4 servings
      Calories: 202kcal
      Author: Tastefully Grace

      Ingredients

      • Chicken thighs skinless or skin-on, boneless or bone-in
      • Salt and pepper
      • Seasoning of choice optional

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil for less cleanup.
      • Place chicken thighs on the baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper (and/or seasoning of choice) and bake for 18-23 minutes, depending on the size of the thighs. Use a thermometer to test chicken in the thickest part. It should register at least 165°F when cooked.
      • If you are baking skin-on chicken thighs and prefer crispier skin, bake them for 5 minutes longer. It’s difficult to overcook chicken thighs, so don’t worry if the internal temp is higher than 165°F!
      • Remove chicken from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving, slicing or shredding.

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      Notes

      • I don’t recommend marinating skin-on chicken thighs because the skin will get soggy. Dab dry your chicken skin with paper towels before baking for a crispier result.
      • You can marinate skinless chicken thighs if you’d like! Marinate them right before baking or up to 24 hours in advance.
      • An easy marinade for skinless chicken thighs is ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar, ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper for 1 ½ pounds skinless chicken thighs. Don’t marinate skin-on chicken thighs.
      • Other seasoning ideas listed in my post above!
      • You can use bone-in or boneless chicken thighs for this recipe. You can use skin-on or skinless. I personally like boneless skinless chicken thighs!
      • The nutrition facts listed in this recipe are for 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs with no marinade!

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Protein: 33g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 417mg | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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      2 Comments

      1. Zena
        July 21, 2023 / 1:10 pm

        5 stars
        Most amazing chicken thighs I’ve ever had!

      5 from 34 votes (33 ratings without comment)

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