30-min Oven Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – perfect go-to recipe for any night of the week, these seasoned chicken thighs turn out juicy and tender every time!
Chicken is usually in our weekly meal rotation, and I think thighs are the way to go. They are tender and full of flavor and don’t require much in the way of prep. Perfect companion to homemade scalloped potatoes!
In this recipe, each chicken thigh is coated in a super flavorful homemade spice mix of brown sugar, paprika, chili, garlic, onion, and thyme. The spices give the chicken a real flavor boost!
You can choose to marinate the thighs until you are ready to cook them or bake them right away. Either way, the thighs will turn out juicy and mouth-watering!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this easy chicken thighs recipe!
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Oven Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – here is what you will need to make it:
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs – You’ll need 6 – 8 thighs for this recipe, depending on their size. Make sure to remove any visible fat.
- For the spice mix – Brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. This blend has a bit of a sweet and spicy BBQ flavor. You can always customize the mix to match your tastes.
- Avocado oil or butter – Oil gives some added flavor to the thighs and helps them to brown. I use avocado oil because it has a lower smoke point than olive oil. If you’re using butter, you can either melt it and pour it over the chicken or cut it into small cubes and dot it over the thighs before baking in the oven.
Scroll down to print this recipe and see how to bake chicken thighs in the oven.
How to Make Baked Chicken Thighs in the Oven
It’s simple to prepare and uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!
Step 1: Season the chicken. First, whisk the spice mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chicken thighs and turn them around in the spices to make sure they are fully coated on both sides.
Step 2: Prepare to bake. When baking chicken thighs, I use a lined baking sheet with foil paper, or a seasoned cast iron skillet. Next, add the thighs to the baking sheet or skillet and pour over a small amount of avocado oil or melted butter.
Step 3: Bake. After, bake the thighs for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping on the other side once. You’ll know the chicken is done when they reach 165F on a kitchen thermometer.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Tips for Making this Recipe
- Switch up the spices. I’ve listed the spices that I love to use on my chicken thighs but go ahead and get creative when making your own spice mix. Leave things out, add things in – as long as it tastes delicious to you, you can’t go wrong!
- Create a charred look. If you’d like your thighs to have more of a BBQ charred look, you can pop them under the broiler for a minute or two after baking. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Marinate Chicken Thighs Overnight?
If you want to get ahead in your prep, you can toss the chicken thighs in the seasoning the night before you are planning to serve them and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake them.
Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?
You totally can, but I think chicken thighs are ultimately more flavorful and juicier than chicken breasts.
When using chicken breasts, I suggest lowering the oven temperature and adjusting the cooking time as they have a tendency to dry out.
How Long Should I Bake Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Oven?
Bake them at 425F for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
The best way to see if the chicken is done is to test the temperature with a kitchen thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat without going all the way through. The temperature should read 165F.
How Do I store Cooked Chicken Thighs?
Store leftover cooked chicken thighs in an airtight container inside the refrigerator for to 2-3 days.
What to Serve with Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
There’s no end to delicious side dishes that go great with these chicken thighs. Some of my favorites are:
- Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes with Pasta and Cheese
- Loaded Potatoes with Cheese
- Cheesy mashed potatoes
How to Use Leftover Chicken Thighs
Leftovers! There are so many ways to use them:
- Chop them up and add to a salad
- Make spicy chicken salad sandwiches
- Add them to cheesy quesadillas
- Shred them and add them to a bowl of soup
- Make chicken fried rice
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30-min Oven Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs fat removed
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or butter
- Preheat the oven to 425F. In a mixing bowl whisk all of the spices except chicken thighs and oil.
- Add chicken thighs to the bowl and coat both sides.
- Using a cast iron skillet or a baking sheet lined with foil paper, add chicken thighs and pour 1/4 cup of avocado oil or butter over the meat.Bake for 20-30 minutes (flipping on the other side once) or until chicken is cooked thru and reads 165F when using thermometer. Serve with Scalloped Potatoes, enjoy!
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Does this recipe make the outside skin kinda Crosby?? That’s one of my husbands favorite parts of the chicken thighs??
These are BONELESS AND SKINLESS, so NO the skin doesn’t get crisp
This was so DELICIOUS!
I wanted to make BBQ chicken thighs, I came across this recipe, it looked really good and simple ingredients. I followed recipe exactly and WOW! My husband asked for BBQ sauce. I said try them as is and he was impressed!
My wife made it and I ate it, nuff said, w winner
Thank you, Philip for an awesome recipe review!
Excellent recipe! I added 1 tbsp chili powder rather than 1 tsp, omitted thyme (yuck!), and added 1 tbsp chicken/garlic Grill Mates seasoning. Cooked on cookie sheet lined with foil for 28 minutes. Also used slightly more butter. This makes a quick supper when there are chicken thighs on hand. I have cooked it several times for my family and it’s a hit every time!
Made this tonight. Used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Cut thyme in half for my personal taste. Baked for 20 minutes at 425°, 10 minutes at 450°. I didn’t go longer or higher as to keep the sugar from burning. Absolutely delicious!!! The chicken was fork tender. I used some sauce on mashed potatoes. I will make this one again and again. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!!!
Thank you, Michele! So happy you liked it!
Do you melt the butter before pouring it over the chicken, or cut it into cubes?
You can melt or cube the butter, before baking it, it will work either way:)
Very good but a little heavier flavor from the smoked paprika for our taste. I would use less next time.
Thank you, Maria!
How many pounds of chicken are do you use?
I believe its between 2-3 pounds of chicken thighs.
Made this tonight! What an easy recipe and finally one I had all the ingredients to in my pantry!!!
Thank you so much for really providing a last minute meal 🙌🙌
YOU ARE WELCOME, KATIE! So happy you liked it and had all of the ingredients in the pantry 😀
I loved this recipe. I paired it down for 1 person. I cooked 2 boneless chicken thighs and they were enough for 2 meals for me. It was delicious and will definitely make again! Thank you for sharing it!
Can you make this with boneless skinless breasts ? Has anyone tried this recipe with breasts ?
Hi Linda, this is an awesome question. I am sure you can, the baking time will be deferent. I haven’t made it with chicken breast because I prefer cooking with chicken thighs more, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t work. Hope this helps!
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Wow! The chicken came out so juicy and it tasted incredible. The whole family loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Thank you so much Heather! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe!
Truly delicious 😋. My husband is raving haha I will definitely be making this again. Thank you!
Thank you Lindsay! I am so happy your husband is raving! 😀
The chicken came out AMAZING!!!! cannot wait to make this again!!
Thank you, Kim for an amazing recipe review!
This recipe was amazing. I did not have avocado oil so I did half butter and half olive oil. My daughter who is a picky eater loved it.
Thank you so much Jen, for your amazing recipe review!
I did the following variations based on what I had on hand: 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp granulated garlic, 1 tsp onion powder, no thyme, no oil/butter on top. Still delicious!
Fam loved it! Used half of the butter. Just as good!
I made these tonight for dinner and they were wonderful.
Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love it!!
I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.
Had this in the oven in no time. Received rave reviews from a hungry family. Will definitely make again
Excellent recipe! Very easy. I never buy boneless chicken thighs always chicken breasts. Now I have a way to cook thighs. The whole family liked the chicken. I will be making it regularly from now on.
Woohoo! I sooo happy you enjoyed this recipe, Cindy! Thank you for the rating it!
Making this tomorrow for the first time & never cooked chicken thighs before, so wish me luck.
Good Luck, Linda! Please let me know your thoughts after you make it!
Coming back to this recipe to make a second time! So yummy and moist!
What a great recipe & so easy. I did substitute the brown sugar to make keto friendly. Both myself & hubby loved with some steamed broccoli. Wil definitely make again.
Do you marinade them without putting oil on top?
This is a REALLY good recipe! Thanks for sharing! Loved it ❤️