This easy chicken thighs recipe baked in the oven makes the best chicken dinner! You only need 10 minutes of prep time; the result is the juiciest, crispy, boneless, and skinless chicken thighs.

This recipe is so easy and foolproof, it definitely joins our list of best recipes of the year.

Easy baked chicken thighs in a white casserole dish topped with fresh chopped greens.

Chicken is such a classic protein to cook with, and the recipes are endless! We have many chicken recipes, with the pan-seared chicken breast and our crispy chicken wings as reader favorites.

Easy Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs only need the simplest marinade, and they are ready to be baked into the juiciest, crispy chicken thighs. Boneless and skinless thighs are inexpensive protein to cook with and so versatile.

Oven Chicken thighs in a casserole dish.

Do I have to Marinate the chicken?

We recommend marinating the chicken anywhere between 3 hours to overnight. If you are on a time crunch, you can still get great results from marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes.

Marinade chicken in mayo mixture.

How to Make Easy Chicken Thighs:

You can add everything to a mixing bowl or use a plastic bag to marinate the chicken. Then, transfer into a baking dish and bake.

  1. Prepare marinade– In a small bowl, combine the mayo, olive oil, and minced garlic.
  2. Make seasoning– In a separate bowl, combine the salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika for the seasonings. Trip off any excess fat from the boneless skinless chicken thighs and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Coat chicken– Add the thighs to a mixing bowl and thoroughly coat with the mayo mixture. Season the chicken with half of the seasoning, turn the chicken over, and season with the remaining seasoning. Cover the bowl and set aside to marinade for at least 3-4 hours in the fridge.
  4. Bake Chicken– Transfer chicken to a baking dish and bake until golden and browned. Pour the juices that gather in the baking dish over the chicken before serving; they add so much flavor and keep it moist.

How long does it take to bake Chicken Thighs?

The size of the thighs will slightly affect the baking time for the chicken. It is best to test the readiness of the meat with a cooking thermometer. The thickest part of the chicken should read 165°F internal temperature.

At 375°F

  • Boneless and Skinless: Bake at 375°F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Skin-on and Bone-in: Bake at 375°F for 50-60 minutes.

At 400°F

  • Boneless and Skinless: Bake at 400°F for 35-45 minutes.
  • Skin-on and Bone-in: Bake at 400°F for 45-55 minutes.
Season chicken thighs and set aside to marinade.

Reheat Chicken Thighs:

  • In the Oven: These juicy chicken thighs are great when reheated. To reheat, cover thighs and bake until reheated,
  • In a Skillet: Reheat in a skillet with the extra juicy over med/low heat until reheated.
  • Microwave: Cover the chicken thighs and cook until reheated.

Use Chicken Leftovers Like a Pro:

If you have leftovers, shred the chicken with two forks or cut them into cubes or slices. Here are some great recipes the chicken may be used in:

Tender baked chicken thighs in a casserole.

Meal Prep with Chicken Thighs:

All of these meals are great to prep in advance for easy school lunches. 

Freeze Chicken Like a Pro:

This recipe is excellent for freezing ready-to-cook chicken. 

Freeze: Marinate the raw chicken thighs in a freezer bag and place them in the freezer. Store for up to 3 months. 

Cook: Take the chicken out to thaw a day before you are ready to cook. Thaw chicken overnight in the fridge. Cook defrosted chicken as usual.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this in the air fryer? 

Make chicken thighs even easier using an air fryer! Set the air fryer to 350°F and cook for 20 minutes! 

Can I use skin-on-bone-in chicken thighs?

This recipe works great for bone in skin on chicken thighs.

Can this recipe be used to pan-fry chicken thighs?

Use this recipe to cook chicken on the pan! Cook on medium to high heat until the chicken is fully cooked. Timing will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.

How do I know my chicken thighs are fully cooked? 

Use a meat thermometer to check that the thighs are at 165°F.

More Chicken Recipes:

Here are some of our favorite chicken recipes we regularly serve in our home:

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Easy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Author: Valentina
4.99 from 55 votes
An Easy Baked Chicken Thighs recipe that will become a regular in your kitchen. Boneless and skinless chicken in a quick marinade and seasoning then baked until tender and juicy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Marinade: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 serving



  • In a bowl, combine mayo, olive oil and minced garlic. Add chicken thighs and coat with mayo mixture.
  • Prepare the seasoning. In a separate combine the salt, pepper, chili powder and paprika.
  • Season boat sides of chicken with the seasoning. Cover bowl and allow chicken to marinate 3 – 4 hours (or overnight).
  • Transfer chicken to a baking dish 400°F for 35-45 minutes or until top of chicken is crisp areand golden.


269kcal Calories32g Protein14g Fat2g Saturated Fat164mg Cholesterol780mg Sodium429mg Potassium235IU Vitamin A0.5mg Vitamin C18mg Calcium1.5mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Thighs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 780mg34%
Potassium 429mg12%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)