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Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs is a quick dinner idea perfect for busy weeknights and special occasions! They’re seared chicken thighs cooked in a creamy, garlic, and Parmesan sauce. From prep to table in under 1 hour, this simple yet elegant dinner turns everyday chicken thighs into something amazing!

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Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

If you’ve been around for a while you know how much I love cooking chicken thighs! Honey mustard chicken thighs and baked honey garlic chicken thighs are two of my favorites, but there’s something so comforting about a cream sauce, especially during the winter months!

So, that’s why these creamy oven baked chicken thighs are now on heavy rotation because as soon as the cooler weather hits, I’m all about the comfort food!

These are made using boneless chicken thighs that are seared to a golden brown, then smothered in a rich, creamy, garlic butter and Parmesan sauce that is so good you’ll want to lick your plate!

Using boneless meat makes it easy to get dinner on the table quickly because they cook much faster than bone-in. Everything is done in one pan, and if you have a skillet that can be transferred from the stovetop to the oven, even better!

Creamy chicken thighs come together easily which is perfect for busy weeknights. The easy cleanup is just a bonus!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients Needed for Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

For the Chicken

  • Chicken thighs: For these oven-baked chicken thighs boneless and skinless is the way to go. They cook much faster! We’re not looking for super crispy skin because it’s covered in the sauce anyway!
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter because we’re adding salt ourselves. Not only to season the chicken but it’s also in the sauce and this way we can control the amount.
  • Seasoning: Salute seasoning from Trader Joe’s or any poultry seasoning you have on hand. You’ll also need some salt and pepper to taste.

For the Cream Sauce

  • Butter: Again, we’ll stick with unsalted butter. This time we’re going to use it to start the cream sauce by infusing the butter with delicious garlicky flavor.
  • Garlic, finely chopped: The aromatic deliciousness that makes the sauce so tasty.
  • Flour: A thickening agent that helps thicken the sauce so that it coats the chicken nicely.
  • Chicken broth & Heavy whipping cream: Together they are the liquids used to turn the sauce into a rich, creamy, flavorful mixture.
  • Parmesan cheese: I always recommend freshly grated Parmesan, rather than the pre-shredded cheese from a container. It melts much nicer and has more flavor. You can also use Piave cheese, which is similar to Parmesan, but less pungent and sharp because it isn’t aged as long.
  • Salt & pepper: To taste.
  • Fresh dill: Chopped herbs for garnish adds a bright finish to this dish.

How to Make Creamy Oven Baked Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

How to Make Creamy Oven Baked Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

Step 1: Heat the oven to 375 degrees, and start seasoning the chicken with salt, pepper, and 21 Salute seasoning.

seared chicken thighs

Step 2: Sear chicken thighs in melted butter over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side. They should be golden brown. Transfer them to a plate and set them aside.

melted butter with garlic

Step 3: To make the creamy garlic sauce, use the same skillet to melt more butter. Sauté the garlic for about 1 minute until fragrant, stirring a few times to avoid burnt garlic.

creamy chicken sauce

Step 4: Sprinkle in the flour to make a roux. Once a pale paste is formed, after about 1 minute, start to slowly pour in the chicken broth. Whisk continuously until the flour has dissolved, and the sauce starts to thicken.

Step 5: Stir in the heavy whipping cream along with the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

creamy chicken thighs

Step 6: Place the chicken back into the skillet and place the entire thing in a preheated 375-degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Garnish creamy oven baked chicken thighs with dill and some extra grated cheese on top. Complete your meal with mashed potatoes, rice, and some vegetables on the side!

 

Recipe Tips

  • Pat the chicken dry first before adding the seasoning. Getting rid of excess moisture will help the seasoning stick and give them a nice sear.
  • I use butter to sauté the onions and brown the chicken because it adds so much flavor to everything, but you can use olive oil if you prefer.
  • Brown the chicken thighs in batches. You don’t want to overcrowd the skillet otherwise they won’t cook evenly or create a nice crust that locks in the moisture.
  • Easily turn this into a creamy garlic mushroom sauce by adding some sliced mushrooms to the sauce. Yum!
  • Replace the broth with white wine for a variation in flavor. The alcohol will cook off, so it’s still a family-friendly meal!

 

FAQs

How long to bake boneless chicken thighs in the oven?

Since we’re starting the process by browning the meat on the outside, the chicken will only need about 30-35 minutes in the oven.

Use a thermometer to get an accurate reading. Once it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, it’s done.

 

Can I replace heavy cream with half and half?

You can! Keep in mind, the more fat there is the richer and thicker the sauce will be. Half and half won’t lead to the same consistency, but close enough!

 

How to store leftover creamy oven baked chicken thighs?

Always keep cooked chicken stored in an airtight container in the fridge. You can enjoy leftovers for up to 3 days!

 

Best way to reheat chicken thighs?

Place them back into the skillet and heat through on the stovetop or in the oven, it’s up to you. You might find adding a splash of broth or cream will help loosen up the sauce again.

Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Love Keil
Creamy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs -seared chicken thighs cooked in a creamy garlic sauce.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Coarse
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 583 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Chicken Thighs

  • 5 chicken thighs skinless & boneless, dried with paper towel
  • 1 teaspoon 21 Salute Seasoning from Trader Joe's or use any poultry seasoning of your choice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted

For Creamy Sauce

Instructions
 

  • First, preheat the oven to 375F. Next, season chicken with seasoning, salt & pepper, on both sides.
    How to Make Creamy Oven Baked Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
  • Now, melt butter in oven-proof skillet over medium heat, add chicken thighs and sear for 2-3 minutes or until golden color on both sides. After, transfer to a plate and set aside.
    seared chicken thighs

To Make Creamy Sauce

  • To make the creamy chicken sauce, melt butter in the same skillet. Once it melts add garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring few times.
    melted butter with garlic
  • Now, add flour and stir continuously for 1 minute. Next, slowly pour in chicken broth and cook for 1 minute stirring continuously, or until sauce thickens. Pour in heavy whipping cream and give it a nice stir. Add cheese, stir and taste it, add more salt or pepper, if needed.
    creamy chicken sauce
  • Finally, add chicken thighs back into the skillet, coating each thigh in the creamy sauce. Bake for 30-35 minutes, uncovered or until chicken is cooked thru.
    creamy chicken thighs
  • Garnish with dill and more cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
    creamy chicken thighs

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Nutrition

Calories: 583kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 29gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 212mgSodium: 626mgPotassium: 364mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1000IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 193mgIron: 1mg
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34 Comments

  1. Made this tonight and it definitely is a keeper. My husband loved it. Will be making this again.

  2. 5 stars
    Saving this recipe to put into the rotation. Delicious! I don’t love boneless, skinless thighs but this was so good! I added seasoning salt to my chicken and cooked in a cast iron pan. Putting in the oven definitely made the dish so much better! I served over orzo and broccoli. My daughter loved it too!!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This was too easy & super delish! So I had to get rid of some beef broth so I used that instead & it still turned out. No other subs made. This recipe is perfection. Chicken was moist & tender. Loved the searing method! I did egg noodles for my toddler but I think mash potatoes would work great as well. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  4. Jessica Ivanov

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness.
    This is absolutely amazing and so damn easy to make.
    So creamy and delicious.
    It will definitely be added to my weekly meals.

    The substitutions I made were:
    •traegers pork and poultry seasoning
    •a whole head of garlic
    •homemade bone broth
    •half n half (didn’t have heavy cream)
    •a Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese blend

    Absolutely divine

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. What would I do if I wanted to make this with skin on bone in thighs though?

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good!! I cooked mine in a cast iron skillet, but it seemed like all the liquid just cooked out. Not too sure what I did. Any suggestions? Just basically chicken on my cast iron when I took it out of the oven. Delicious nonetheless!!

  7. Is the calorie count per serving as in each piece of chicken is 583 calories or is that for all 4 servings?

  8. 5 stars
    This was soooooo good. Will definitely make it again.

  9. Vicky Bryson

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious!! My husband was basically licking his plate!

  10. 5 stars
    I have never cooked chicken thighs in my 70 year life but my favorite meat is chicken breasts. OMG, this is now my favorite chicken. I made it first 3 weeks ago and have now made it every week. Made it for my son and his wife and she asked for the recipe. Now I have sent it to my other son. So fast to make, so few ingredients and yet sooooooo much flavor. I could eat the leftover gravy on its own. I didn’t have the Trade Joe seasoning or fresh garlic. I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. So moist, so tender. YUM

  11. 5 stars
    This was amazing. I’d like to make it for a large dinner party which would require me multiplying everything by 6. How should I go about this? I figured I’d bake it all in one of those aluminum throw away dishes. Would I up the time to bake a bit?

    • Hi Savannah, I am so happy you liked this recipe! I would follow the recipe and check the temperature at the end and make sure to bake it longer if needed, to reach the temperature of 165 degrees. Hope this helps!

  12. 5 stars
    This was amazing. I’ll definitely make it again. It’s dinner party worthy. I doubled the sauce recipe and served over a fancy pasta and added fresh spinach with the chicken before it went in the oven. So easy too.

  13. 5 stars
    This recipe was really good. Easy to make. A definite keeper.

  14. 5 stars
    It was so good. I added spinach and made mashed potatoes. Would be great over egg noodles too

  15. 5 stars
    Ih my gosh this recipe is everything it’s says it is, I wish I could post a pic of the turnout. But other than that I am pleased, thank you 👍👍👍

  16. How much heavy cream do you suggest? I don’t see that ingredient in the recipe for the sauce.

    • Oops sorry about that, it’s 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream.

    • Hi this recipe looks great ! But I really disagree on 1 teaspoon of 21 salute,???? Sort that is not at all alot for 5 chicken thighs??? I would use per chicken thigh??? Because no salt in 21 salute, I work at TJ’s, maybe a ingredient error amount,I hope…

      • Hi Dee! I like to use 1 teaspoon of Salute in this recipe plus salt and pepper to taste, please feel free to adjust the amount of the seasoning to your taste… I am sure it will taste just as good! 😀

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