Baked Tender Chicken Thighs Recipe (VIDEO)

This Baked Tender Chicken Thighs Recipe is going to become a hit! Tender and melt in your mouth juicy chicken thighs with an easy seasoning is filled with so much flavor. Serve thighs with a side of mashed potatoes and salad.

This recipe with our Easy Baked Chicken is our go-to meal for busy evenings.

Close up shot of a chicken thigh in a casserole dish.

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There are so many different methods for cooking chicken thighs. This recipe for baked chicken is going to become a favorite. The prep time is minimal and the ingredients for the thighs are already most likely in your pantry. The marinade for the thighs penetrates deep into the chicken and it becomes so juicy and flavorful.

The garlic olive oil with quick seasoning does wonders to the chicken thighs!

Baked chicken thigh recipe in a glass casserole dish.

TIPS how to make baked tender chicken thighs:

  • Trim and remove any excess far from chicken thighs.
  • For best result, season the chicken thighs, cover tightly and refrigerate for at least two hours (up to overnight). The seasoning penetrates deep into the chicken and becomes flavorful.
  • If you don’t have two hours, baking the chicken immediately is fine as well, just won’t be as flavorful.
  • If you like to prep dinner in the morning, this is a great recipe. Season the chicken, cover tightly and keep stored in the refrigerator. When you come home from a long day of work, all you have to do is bake the chicken. So easy.
  • Leftovers are wonderful to use in different recipes that require cooked chicken (like the Chicken Quesadilla recipe).
  • To reheat, cover with foil and bake until warm.

Prepare seasoning, coat chicken with seasoning.

what can I serve with baked chicken thighs?

You can serve baked chicken thighs with mashed potatoes, pasta, fried or baked rice, or even buckwheat. A salad, would of course compliment the dinner with some homemade bread (like this amazing bread machine bread).

can I substitute the thighs?

CHICKEN BREAST- You may substitute the chicken thighs for chicken breast. However, the flavor and texture will slightly change because chicken thighs have a stronger flavor, higher fat content and softer texture once baked than chicken breast. Depending on the size of the breast, the baking time will vary and most likely be less than the indicated time in this recipe. Use a food thermometer to cook breast until the thickest part registers at 165°F.

BONE-IN THIGHS- You most definitely may substitute for bone-in chicken thighs. The bone keeps the thighs juicier and even adds flavor. The only setback with bone-in thighs is the baking time will be longer. Keep the dish cover with foil for one-half of the cooking time plus an extra ten minutes. Then, remove the foil and allow the chicken to brown during the second half of cooking.

2 oven baked chicken thighs.

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5 from 7 votes

Baked Tender Chicken Thighs

Easy, juicy and the most tender oven baked chicken thighs recipe. With 10 minutes in prep time and an easy oil, garlic rub with a delicious seasoning, these chicken thighs will become a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
marinate2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thighs recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 336

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (or Canola oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¾ tsp ground paprika

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic. Layout chicken thighs and coat with oil mixture (on both sides).
  • Prepare the seasoning: In a bowl, combine the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and paprika.
  • Season boat sides of chicken with the seasoning. Transfer chicken thighs to a baking dish. Cover with foil. Set aside to marinate at least 2 hours (*or see note).
  • Bake 45 minutes at 375°F. Remove foil and broil for 8-10 minutes (at same temp), until tops of thighs are crispy.
  • Enjoy, friends.

Notes

Note: Marinading at least 2 hours will give best results. If you don't have two hours, still bake the chicken it will still be great.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Tender Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 215mg72%
Sodium 977mg42%
Potassium 568mg16%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Danielle Almond 06/26/2019, 2:46 pm Link Reply

    Hello!

    Can’t wait to try this! How much longer should I bake this if using bone-in thighs?

    • Valentina's Corner 06/27/2019, 3:03 pm Link Reply

      You’re in for a treat, Danielle. It’s such a quick and easy recipe. 🙂

  • Diana 05/08/2019, 11:28 am Link Reply

    One quick question, if you are making this recipe on the barbecue how long would you for?

    • Valentina's Corner 05/08/2019, 11:54 am Link Reply

      This is soo good on the grill. You’ll want to do about 10-15 minutes total grilling time, depending on how large your thighs are. Enjoy, Diana. 🙂

  • Diana 04/02/2019, 9:17 am Link Reply

    This dish was AMAZING! I’ve never been able to bake chicken and have it come out juicy. My kids also loved it and asked when I would make it again. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/02/2019, 11:14 pm Link Reply

      That’s awesome, Diana. Thanks so much for sharing. I especially love recipes that kids approve as do adults. Makes life so much easier. 🙂

  • Nicole 02/23/2019, 11:57 pm Link Reply

    I had this for dinner tonight. So delicious! I will definitely be making this again.
    Curious if anyone has tried putting this together and freezing (raw) for future use?

    • Valentina's Corner 02/24/2019, 2:58 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Nicole. So glad you enjoyed the easy baked chicken recipe. 🙂 Stop by and visit our online home again.

  • Kristin Browning 02/21/2019, 6:51 pm Link Reply

    I just love this recipe! Thank you for sharing! Even my picky kids eat it!!! That’s high praise!!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/21/2019, 10:10 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for the great feedback, Kristin. Makes me so happy that you and the kiddos enjoyed the recipe. Do stop back and visit our online home again and try something new. 🙂

  • Xochitl 02/21/2019, 5:21 pm Link Reply

    Question-
    I have a small stove. The broiler compartment is under the oven, like the old broilers where it slides out, and there isn’t room in the broiler for a casserole dish. What do I do for the last ten minutes I’d i don’t have access to a broiler?

    • Valentina's Corner 02/21/2019, 10:07 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Xochitl. You can just bake an extra 5 minutes or so until the chicken is desired crispiness. 🙂 That’s all the broiling will do. Enjoy the dish..

  • Mom's Dish 02/04/2019, 12:59 pm Link Reply

    Definitely my type of recipe. Baked chicken tenders always turn out so juicy and delicious!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/04/2019, 4:33 pm Link Reply

      They sure do which makes dinner a breeze. Winner. 🙂

  • Lena 01/12/2019, 8:27 pm Link Reply

    Do you tuck in the edges of the chicken or are they layed out completely flat?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/13/2019, 1:25 pm Link Reply

      I’ll add that to the notes. Yes, you just tuck the edges under. Thanks for catching that, Lena. I hope you love the thighs recipe.

    • LuzMaria T 01/22/2019, 8:43 pm Link Reply

      I just came across rhis recipe when googling recipes for chicken thighs and I have to say, they came out sooo good! I only marinated for less than 30 min and they were delicious. Can’t wait to make them again, but this time, marinating them overnight. I just browsed thru your website and all the recipes I saw sound so good. Especially your deserts, although sad to say, I don’t make too often anymore 🙁

      • Valentina's Corner 01/25/2019, 1:09 am Link

        LuzMaria. Huge welcome to our online home from all 8 of us (that’s including our 6 kiddos, haha).
        Enjoy looking through our recipes and hoping you will find something else that will catch your eye. 🙂

  • AquamarineDream80 01/06/2019, 7:26 pm Link Reply

    This was the absolute best boneless skinless chicken thigh recipe ever! I did marinate these over night probably a little less than 16 hours. When it came time to take off the foil for the broiling part, it worked best at 425° for 10 minutes. My broiler only would go to 400° minimum, I think the rack may sit a little far from the broiler. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/10/2019, 1:10 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback on the chicken thighs. I am so glad you enjoyed this easy recipe. 🙂

  • Nancy 11/24/2018, 3:17 pm Link Reply

    Prep Time
    2 hrs 10 mins
    Cook Time
    55 mins
    Total Time
    3 hrs 5 mins
    Sorry but I’m confused. Prep time 2 hrs 10 min? Cook time 55 min? Please explain. Thanks

    • Valentina's Corner 11/26/2018, 12:26 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Nancy. The prep time is 10 minutes, rest time (marinade) is 2 hours, bake time is 55 minutes and all combine is 3 hrs 5 minutes. Hope that helps. Enjoyed.

  • Brian 10/03/2018, 8:37 am Link Reply

    Excellent flavor! I let them marinate about 4 hours and they were tender and delicious – very flavorful! However, 45 minutes at 375° is way too long. I put them in the oven straight from the fridge and the thighs were up to 190° after just 30 minutes. Other than that, this recipe is overall excellent.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/03/2018, 9:34 am Link Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Brian! Appreciate it. We do make a note several times that the cooking time will vary depending on the size of your thighs and oven. 🙂 Thank you for visiting our online home. 🙂

  • TB 10/02/2018, 9:18 pm Link Reply

    Really good recipe. Used bone in as usually maintains moisture better for me. Also reduced fat leftover in baking dish with some water then added some flour to make a very tasty gravy to top the chicken off.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/03/2018, 9:32 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much for the feedback, TB! It’s so appreciated:)!

  • Belinda 10/01/2018, 7:45 pm Link Reply

    Delicious! My teens loved it and said they’d rather have this recipe for Thanksgiving instead of traditional turkey! I served by today with roasted sweet potatoes and salad! So easy to prep and I all ingredients on hand! Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/02/2018, 9:58 am Link Reply

      Oh my, thank you so much, Belinda. What a sweet comment. These thighs are perfect with sweet potatoes. I have teens, so if teens approve of a recipe – it’s a big deal;). <3

  • edward de bruin 09/27/2018, 11:02 pm Link Reply

    I made these this evening, my family just loved it! Thank you for such lovely recipe and your time to share it on the Internet,
    Kind regards
    Edward

    • Valentina's Corner 09/30/2018, 9:17 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Edward. Thanks for the awesome feedback. Stop back and visit our online home again. 🙂

  • Barbara 08/28/2018, 6:17 pm Link Reply

    Made this last night for my husband and kids, they loved it. Easily modified the measurements because I had less chicken thighs than the recipe called for. I trimmed the fat from the chicken thighs as mentioned in the recipe and then decided to put it back in with the chicken to cook. The added fat worked great. Thanks!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/29/2018, 1:24 pm Link Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Barbara. I hope you come back and visit our online home.

  • Pam 08/16/2018, 10:11 pm Link Reply

    This turned out delicious and beautiful! Followed exactly! Will put in my winner file! My bf loved it too! Served with garlic mashed potatoes and corn on the cob! Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/17/2018, 12:41 am Link Reply

      You had me at garlic mashed potatoes and corn on the cob, Pam. Sounds like a wonderful dinner. Thanks for sharing the wonderful review.

  • Norma 08/13/2018, 2:05 pm Link Reply

    Made this to the recipe – love it. Can it be marinated and then bake in a slow cooker?

    • Valentina's Corner 08/13/2018, 4:42 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Norma! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I’ve never made this is a slow cooker so I’m not sure how it would turn out. Sorry, that wasn’t very helpful.

  • Tracy 07/25/2018, 12:19 pm Link Reply

    Did them on the grill…even better!

    • admin 07/25/2018, 8:39 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for the awesome feedback, Tracy. So glad to hear that. 🙂

  • Michelle 07/22/2018, 10:26 am Link Reply

    Valentina…the image looks like bone-in thighs…just want to confirm you used “boneless.” Thanks!

    • admin 07/22/2018, 2:51 pm Link Reply

      Yes, boneless thighs, Connie. 🙂 Enjoy..

  • Carole 07/08/2018, 6:08 pm Link Reply

    Hello. Thanks for great chicken recipes!
    Can you tell me what font you used for “Valentina’s”. It’s perfect for my new business logo- have been searching for this look. I’d really appreciate knowledge where to find it.
    Sincerely,
    Carole

    • admin 07/11/2018, 11:26 pm Link Reply

      You’re so nice, Carole, thank you. I actually created it in PicMonkey. Super easy and quick. 🙂

    • contessabelle 07/19/2018, 8:41 pm Link Reply

      The flavor was good but the thighs were outrageously overcooked. Maybe half the recommended time…..

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