​My easy and incredibly Juicy Southern baked chicken thighs are made with simple ingredients such as olive oil, melted butter, and lemon pepper! They are protein-packed and pair well with my oven-roasted potatoes or my air fryer sweet potatoes!

Baked Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

Baked Chicken Thighs
  • Bone-In Chicken Thighs- This is what I love about this chicken thighs recipe. You can use bone-in or boneless skinless chicken thighs. Either way, the whole family will be asking for more juicy meat.
  • Seasonings- A used an array of herbs that are pantry staples such as paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and onion powder for this simple recipe.

See the recipe card for quantities.

How To Make Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs?

Next, drizzle and massage olive oil and melted butter over your boneless chicken thighs.

Rub your seasonings onto both sides of the chicken.

Southern baked chicken thighs

Next, Add your chicken pieces to the baking dish skin side up, along with the remaining juices from the bowl.

Baked Chicken Thighs

Allow your oven temperature to reach 400 degrees, and place the chicken in.

After 30 minutes remove the aluminum foil and place back in the oven until you get tender crispy baked chicken thighs or golden brown.

Hint: If you aren’t sure if the juicy chicken is done try using a meat thermometer. Make sure the inside temperature reaches at least 165F inside. Usda.

Substitutions

  • Butter- if you aren’t a fan of butter. You can simply use only olive oil to create this easy chicken thigh recipe.
  • Chicken Breasts-  can be substituted for the skin-on chicken thighs
  • Olive Oil- This is a great way to keep things on the healthier side. You can also use grapeseed oil or avocado oil.

Variations

  • Spicy – add cayenne pepper to this easy dinner recipe to give these simple baked chicken thighs even more great flavors.
  • Lemon zest- The good news is that you can spruce things up and play with the flavors and taste a bit when adding lemon zest and even soy sauce.
  • Italian- You can soak your white meat in the dressing to allow even more flavor to set in before baking.
  • White Potatoes – To make them Southern style add in some chopped white potatoes and carrots. I have a similar recipe with chicken drumsticks.

See this sheet pan version of this recipe on my website! 

Equipment

The baking dish will be needed to cook your easy recipe. I used a 9 x 13 dish.

Storage

You will need an airtight container to store your leftover chicken. This will allow your chicken to remain fresh for 3 to 4 days.

Baked Chicken Thighs

FAQ

How to reheat baked chicken thighs?

Place your chicken thighs in a baking dish in a preheated oven of 350 degrees until they reach your desired temperature.

Deliciously Tender Baked Chicken Thighs

My easy and incredibly Juicy Baked chicken thighs made with simple ingredients such as olive oil, melted butter, and lemon pepper! They are protein-packed and pair well with my oven-roasted potatoes or my air fryer sweet potatoes!
Baked Chicken Thighs
Author: Ronalyn

Ingredients  

  • 4 Chicken Thighs Bone-In, Skin On
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F
  • In a small bowl, mix together seasonings.
    1 Teaspoon Garlic powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper, 1 Teaspoon Paprika, 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme, 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil and melted butter.
    2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Generously rub the butter and olive oil mixture over the chicken thighs front to back.
    4 Chicken Thighs
  • Next, rub in the seasoning mixture evenly over the chicken thighs.
  • Place the chicken thighs in the preheated oven for an average of 35-40 minutes, or until the the skin is crispy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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