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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I didn’t quite know what to expect with this combination of spices, but I was curious. The brown sugar and chili powder came through, but not too much. The rest faded into the background. It was ok, just not for me.
Thank you Karen, for your feedback!
This were absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again.
Thank you Kathy! So happy you liked it!
Easy and delicious! Could have used a bit more salt, next time. I’m planning on dicing them and packing them up in small portions to add to salads, and freezing.
Sounds great! Thank you for your awesome feedback, Nessa!
These are yummy. While family enjoys this dinner. Thank you!’
You are welcome, Agnes!
Thanks for sharing this recipe. We enjoyed tasty, tender chicken thighs! I could definitely taste a chili flavor. I coated 15 boneless, skinless chicken thighs with the spice mixture and put them in a gallon zip-lock bag, along with the remaining spice mixture and about 1/2 cup of avocado oil, and marinated for an hour. (I’d have marinated linger if I had planned ahead.) I will certainly make this recipe again!
Thank you Ruth for sharing your wonderful recipe review!
Quick easy and delicious recipe. Will definitely do again. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome, Georgia! 🙂
This recipe has become a staple in our weekly rotation! My kids ask for it at least once a week, it is fabulous!
Thank you Tricia, for an amazing recipe review! SO happy you like it and your kiddos ask you to make it 🙂
Fantastic! The whole family enjoyed it very much. Husband and 2 kids are hard to please but this recipe was delicious! I don’t like to use a lot of oil in my cooking as I count calories so I used only one tablespoon and the seasoning coated 10 chicken thighs! I’m sending to all my friends!
Thank you, Jessica, for a wonderful recipe review! So happy your hubby and kiddos enjoyed it too 🙂
This is so delicious. I used ancho chili pepper instead of the smoked paprika. It made a nice sauce that I put on my rice. This recipe is a keeper. I shared it with my daughter too.
Thank you, Hope! I am so happy you enjoyed it!
Getting ready to Make these for the second time, hoping they come out as good as the first. At the end, I put them under the broiler to get a little char and they were delicious.
Thank you Michael! Great idea to use the broiler to give it a little char 🙂
I make these chicken thighs almost every week! They are so fast & easy to put together and OMG are they DELICIOUS!! I do leave out the thyme because I’m not a fan. I seriously can’t get enough of these…awesome recipe.
So happy you like this recipe, Christina! Thank you for sharing your awesome recipe review!
I’ve done these chicken thighs twice now and they are AMAZING! The second time I left out the dried thyme as I found neither myself or my husband liked it but nonetheless, these are so tasty!
Thank you Jayda, for sharing your awesome recipe review!!!
We loved this recipe! Easy and delicious! Chicken thighs have so much more flavor than breasts and the combination of spices was just right. 20 minutes in my oven was perfect for a juicy, tender.
Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Cindy, for an amazing recipe review!
These were great! Anyone have ideas for using the leftovers? I did LOTS of chicken thighs.
Thank you Jan!
I like to use leftovers for breakfast, cut them into bite size pieces and heat them with butter in the skillet with eggs. 🙂
Anytime I have leftover chicken I dice it up and make chicken quesadillas, or fried rice with whatever veggies I have on hand.
Diced chicken tossed on top of a salad.
These leftover chicken ideas sound so yummy!:)
Very good!!!!! Will make again and again!!
OMG! I rarely review recipes I try, but this one is sooooo easy and tasty. Backstory: I accidently bought way too many boneless, skinless chicken thighs on my last grocery order and needed some reliable recipes for them. Well, this one will be my go-to! I made it exactly as written, using melted butter to spoon over once the seasoned thighs were in a pre-heated cast iron skillet. The resulting chicken thighs were so tender, succulent, and tasty – little spicy, little sweet, soooo amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe!
Thank you so much Kathy! So happy you liked this recipe, thank you for your amazing review!
Ideas on what to have this with?? Side dishes
Mashed potatoes with pasta and cheese https://www.munchkintime.com/mashed-potatoes-with-russet-potatoes-macaroni-recipe/ or loaded potatoes with cheese https://www.munchkintime.com/the-best-loaded-mashed-potato-casserole/ 🙂
WOW! Just made this for dinner and it was delicious. I had doubted that it was going to be this good because it was so easy. Boy was I wrong, my family and I loved it and it’s going into rotation. The flavor profile was spot on, kind of like having bbq chicken without the grill. The end result was moist and tender chicken. Thanks so much for this recipe, you made me look like a pro!
Thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing an awesome recipe review!:)
My husband and one year old twins love this. So quick and easy! Definitely going to make it a regular dinner.
So happy to hear this, Michelle! Thank you for sharing your awesome recipe review!
This recipe is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.
You are very welcome, Bonnie!
This was amazing! It’s not too often that I precisely follow a recipe but in this case I did and I am glad. Everyone ate it, including the picky eaters.
Thats awesome, Jennifer! I am so glad you like this recipe!
Wow, loved this recipe, leftovers are especially yummy! Followed recipe exactly except I used Splenda Brown Sugar, and mixed all the seasoning in a ziplock then added the chicken thighs for a good shake…I have all these chicken thighs in the freezer from Coscto and now know what I’m going to be doing with them…thx so much!,
Thank you Karen! For your amazing recipe review, so happy you like this recipe and got to use those chicken thighs from Costco 🙂 👏👏👏
Hi! When you pour the oil or butter over, won’t the seasonings come off? I want to make this for dinner but want to make sure I do it right
Hi Kelsey! Yes, you pour it over the top so the top gets nice sear while baking 🙂 hope this makes sense:)
Can you tell me how many Calories are in this
Was so easy and flavor right on! Have made this recipe several times now. Saved to my favorites!
Thank you, Margaret for sharing your recipe review:)