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Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

These keto chicken thighs are a favorite recipe around here – so simple to make and the chicken turns out perfect every time. Crispy skin, moist and tender meat, and just a handful of ingredients and easy prep!

crispy baked chicken thighs on sheet pan.

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 this keto chicken thighs recipe! Made with simple spices, an easy method, and just a couple of minutes of prep.

We. are. obsessed.

We tested a lot of keto chicken thigh recipes, and this is THE ONE.

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 for these crispy baked thighs. This recipe is magic, just like my baked chicken legs and roasted chicken breast.

Ingredient Notes:

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ingredients for keto chicken thighs recipe.

Chicken Thighs – You’ll want bone in and skin on thighs for this recipe.

Seasoning – This simple seasoning mix is made with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika (smoked if you have it), salt, and cracked pepper.

Oil – We prefer to cook with avocado oil, but olive oil will work as well.

What Readers Are Saying:

“I made these for my fiance, I ended up not turning them, and they were wonderful! He loves chicken thighs, and I’m not the biggest fan, but after trying this recipe, I love them! A++++”  – Elizabeth

How To:

  • Chicken – 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. ingredients in plastic bag.
  • Seasoning – To season this baked chicken recipe, sprinkle in some paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. <— Keep it simple, silly. 😉Shake it up if you are using a bag or mix it up in a bowl until the chicken thighs are fully coated in the seasoning mix. seasoned chicken thighs on sheet pan.
  • Bake – Place your chicken thighs on a baking sheet and pop them in a 400 degree oven for 35-45 minutes. The high temp allows for the chicken skin to crisp up nicely. The inside of the baked chicken thighs will be so tender and juicy! We use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. This helps make sure your crispy baked chicken thighs come out perfect instead of dry and tough. 
chicken thighs on baking sheet.
Our Favorite Meat Thermometer

meat thermometer. I love using this meat thermometer for making sure the meat is fully cooked! Easy for beginners & absolutely worth the low cost. Just stick it in the thickest part of the meat to check for doneness. This thermometer is also magnetic so it’s easy to store right on the side of the fridge or oven for easy access! Get it on Amazon.

Are chicken thighs keto?

Chicken thighs are perfect for a keto diet, so long as you skip the sugary sauces and carb filled breadings. Chicken thighs are a nice choice for keto because they’re packed with protein and have a bit more fat than leaner white meat, which will help keep you full and satisfied for longer. The skin is also keto, so long as you haven’t breaded the chicken.

Can I make this in the air fryer?

This recipe works beautifully in the air fryer and, if you’re in a hurry, the chicken cooks in about half the time! Get the recipe for air fryer chicken thighs.

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.

chicken and broccoli on small plate.

FAQs:

How long do you bake chicken thighs?

For these bone-in chicken thighs you will want to bake them at high heat (400 degrees) for at least 35 to 45 minutes. It’s best to double check they have reached the correct temperature with a meat thermometer that way you don’t under or overcook the chicken! No need to flip them either. If you want the bottom to be crispy too you can try baking with a wire rack over a baking sheet.

How to store baked chicken thighs?

Any leftover should last in the refrigerator at least 3 to 4 days in an airtight container, and you can freeze the baked chicken things for about 3 to 4 months. Make sure they have cooled completely before adding to the freezer safe bag or container.

Is it better to bake chicken thighs at 350 or 400 degrees?

Baking skin-on chicken thighs at 400 degrees allows the skin to crisp up quickly and seal in all the juices, making for a moist, tender chicken with crispy skin.

How long does it take to bake chicken at 400 degrees?

It’ll take around 35 minutes to bake your chicken fully, though we always recommend double checking with a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken has reached 165 degrees.

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crispy baked chicken thighs on sheet pan.

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

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

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

There are generally about 8 chicken thighs in 3 pounds of chicken. We count on 2 chicken thighs per person when serving.

It's easy to mix up the seasonings. Use your favorite spice blend or create your own. We like this basic mix for a simple, classic flavor.

The cook time will vary based on the size of the chicken thighs. We find it best to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. It should read 165 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 chicken thighs
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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36 thoughts on “Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs”

  1. Nancy Koudelka

    Tried Crispy Chicken Thighs recipe, my husband and I really like it, but, boy did it make a mess in my oven! Grease everywhere. Would putting foil over the pan affect the cooking in any way? I hate to clean my oven!

  2. Why don’t you make the thighs with the baking powder like the wings? We love the wings and I was going to make the thighs the same way.

    1. Karly Campbell

      You definitely could add baking powder! I just discovered the baking powder trick recently and had developed this chicken thigh recipe a few years ago. Let us know how it turns out, if you give it a try! 🙂

  3. Hey there Thanks for this delicious reciepe! Looks amazing quick question- do you set oven to fanbake or just regular bake ?thankyou

  4. Matilde L Brewer

    Hi Karly! Could you also explain to me how would you do a whole (in pieces) chicken in the oven, and how long it would take?
    My mom used to cook it, but she is now 84 and started to have early dementia, so she doesn’t remember, and sometime I would like to do a whole chicken… I love your recipes for the chicken drumsticks and thighs!
    Thank you.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Matilde! I would follow this same recipe and cook through, 30-40 minutes. I’ve never done a whole chicken in pieces, but some of the pieces might cook a bit faster than others. It shouldn’t be a significant difference, but you could check the different pieces at the 30 minute mark with a thermometer and remove them to a foil covered plate to rest while other parts finish up. Probably not necessary though. 🙂

  5. I did these in my air fryer, 30 mins at 400 degrees, flipping after 15 mins, & they were really perfect. I’m watching my salt, so I left that out, but these were just like fried chicken in my air fryer. Thanks!!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m sure you could! You’ll need to adjust the time and temp a bit to get it right, but the chicken + seasonings should all work well in an air fryer.

  6. In the nutritional information you state that it has 4 servings and a serving is 1. In one of the comments you say a serving size is 1/4 lb of wings. With 3 lbs of wings that is 48 oz and 1/4 would be 12 oz per serving. Am I calculating wrong?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Mara! I’m not sure where you’re seeing anything about wings at all, since this recipe is for chicken thighs. We usually plan on 1-2 chicken thighs per person when serving and a pack of 3 pounds is usually around 8 chicken thighs. It varies, of course, because they’re all different sizes. I based the nutrition on a 3 pound pack of thighs divided into 4 servings.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Nicole! They’ll probably cook much quicker – around 20 minutes. Just keep an eye on them and check with a thermometer to make sure they hit 165.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I never do, but if you’re worried about the bottoms getting crisper, you could try baking on a cooling rack over a baking sheet so the air can flow all the way around. 🙂

      1. I made these for my fiance, I ended up not turning them, and they were wonderful! He loves chicken thighs, and I’m not the biggest fan, but after trying this recipe, I love them! A++++

  7. Eric Marinich

    Hi Karly! Thank you for the recipe. I tried the drumsticks recipe and they came out perfect. Can you clarify for me – is one chicken thigh 796 calories? Or is that for more than one? I’m really hoping it’s not for one piece.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Eric! It’s for 1/4 of the 3 pound package. It’d depend on how many thighs you had in the pack. 🙂

  8. What about reheating the chicken the during the week, does the skin become soggy when you microwave? Looks great and cant wait to try thoughhhh

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Joe! The skin definitely won’t stay as crisp if you microwave it. The microwave doesn’t really reheat food and retain that crisp texture, unfortunately.

  9. Did this recipe by placing the thighs, skin-side down, in a hot cast iron skillet. Let the skin sear for a couple minutes, then place the whole deal in the oven as directed. Makes for very crispy and delicious skin.

  10. Erica Berger

    Hi! ,can I take the skin off? (Can’t have bc of cholesterol). Also, can it be parsley from the spice jar? Thanks

    1. Karly Campbell

      If you take the skin off the chicken won’t get crispy on the outside, but otherwise it should work fine. Yes, dried parsley is perfect.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Yep, you’ll just want bone in breasts and adjust the bake time accordingly, since breasts are larger.

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