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.

I hope you LOVE this Baked Tender Chicken Thighs Recipe and it becomes a regular in your home. Don’t forget to share your creations with us on Social Media. We LOVE seeing your recipes. Tag us with #ValentinasCorner! We so appreciate you, our online friends. <3

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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: 336kcal



  • 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.


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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  • Shelly 09/23/2019, 7:16 pm Link Reply

    This chicken is amazing! I make it just as described, sooooo good!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/24/2019, 10:49 am Link Reply

      Shelly, thank you so much for trying our chicken thighs recipe! 🙂

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