Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Recipe for Easy Baked Chicken Thighs. Baked juicy and tender chicken thighs recipe that will become a regular in your kitchen. Such a wonderful recipe that has a prep time of 10 minutes and results in the most tender and juicy baked chicken dinner, using ingredients you already have!

This chicken recipe, along with our Tender Chicken Thighs is on our dinner menu regularly.

Baked chicken thighs in a casserole dish. easy baked chicken thigh recipe-

I am a huge fan of easy chicken recipes, especially these baked chicken thighs. Chicken is an easy protein to work with. It’s so versatile and when marinating properly, there’s not too much that can go wrong!

Chicken thighs are my favorite cut of chicken to bake in the oven, they come out so juicy and tender. This recipe is probably my favorite way to bake thighs. Marinating is so easy, quick and you most likely already have everything in your kitchen. This baked chicken thigh dinner will be a regular!

can I stip the marinade time?

Marinading the chicken 3-4 hours is preferred, but not necessary. These easy chicken thighs will taste just as wonderful if you prepare them and cook them immediately. They just won’t be as tender as the marinade will not have time to penetrate through the meat yet.

Oven Chicken thighs in a casserole dish.

can I prepare oven chicken thighs in advance?

Yes, this is the perfect recipe to prepare in advance! You can marinade the chicken the day before in the unique mayo garlic marinade.

Rub the marinade and season the chicken thighs and place into a casserole dish. Then, all I have to do is just bake the chicken thighs for dinner. So easy and eliminates extra prep work.

can I taste the mayo?

You will not be able to taste the mayo once the chicken is baked. It is used as a tenderizer and once the seasoning is added and chicken is baked, you’d never know there was mayo involved!  🙂

Juicy and tender chicken thighs in a casserole.

how to make the most tender chicken thighs?.

This chicken thigh recipe is so so quick to prep and don’t be turned away by the ingredients. The final product is phenomenal and it will become a favorite – even the picky eaters will approve.

  • In a bowl, combine the mayo, olive oil and minced garlic.
  • Add the chicken thighs and coat with mayo mixture.

Marinade chicken in mayo mixture.

  • Prepare the seasoning. In a separate combine the salt, pepper, chili pepper and paprika.
  • Generously season boat sides of chicken thighs with the seasoning.
  • Add the thighs to a baking dish and cover.
  • Set aside to marinate at least 3 – 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Bake.

Season chicken thighs and set aside to marinade.

how long should I bake chicken thighs in the oven?

Bake boneless, skinless chicken thighs about 45 minutes at 375°F. Remove foil and broil for 8-10 minutes, until tops of thighs are crispy.

TIP: Keep in mind, the size of the thighs and different ovens may slightly affect the baking of the chicken thighs. It is best to test the readiness of the thighs with a cooking thermometer.  Cooked chicken should read 165°F internal temperature. (Check the thickest part of a chicken in the center of it.)

can I reheat chicken thighs?

Yes, these juicy chicken thighs are great when reheated. To reheat, cover thighs and bake until heated or reheat in a skillet with the extra juicy on med/low heat until reheated.

Tender baked chicken thighs in a casserole.

what to do with leftover chicken?

If you have any leftovers, shred the chicken and use in Quesadillas or Buffalo Chicken Dip or cube the meat and use in Chicken Fried Rice.

I hope you give these Baked Chicken Thigh Recipe a try. You’ll be so surprised at the flavors of the chicken. SO GOOD!

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4.95 from 17 votes

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked juicy and tender chicken thighs recipe that will become a regular in your kitchen. The chicken becomes so tender, juicy and flavorful. With 10 minutes of prep time, this is a keeper recipe. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Marinade3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Baked Chicken
Servings: 8 serving
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 3 lbs chicken thighs (boneless & skinless)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or canola)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground paprika


  • 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. Add chicken thighs to a baking dish. Cover with foil. Set aside to marinate at least 3 – 4 hours.
  • Bake about 45 minutes at 375°F. Remove foil and broil for 8-10 minutes, until tops of thighs are crispy.
  • Enjoy, friends.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Baked Chicken Thighs
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.
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  • Gemalyn Bradshaw 01/02/2019, 8:03 pm Link Reply

    I wanna try tonight for my family dinner?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/03/2019, 12:18 am Link Reply

      Gemalyn, I hope you loved the chicken thighs.

  • Linda 12/01/2018, 6:41 pm Link Reply

    I made this for dinner tonight with some parm cheese smashed potatoes and a simple salad. The chicken was delish and this one is a keeper.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/01/2018, 9:32 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Linda. So glad these thighs were a hit with your family. Potatoes and salad sound wonderful.

  • Christina 11/09/2018, 3:16 pm Link Reply

    Do you set it aside in the fridge or on the counter. Just learning. Lol.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/09/2018, 3:40 pm Link Reply

      Christina, if you have time to for it to marinade for several hours, the fridge is where it needs to go. 🙂 If you’re pushed for time, leave it on the counter for a 1/2 an hour. It will marinade and penetrate into the meat quicker at room temp.
      I hope you love the dish.:)

  • Gina T 09/15/2018, 10:46 am Link Reply

    Tried this recipe for dinner tonight, but used whole chicken legs with skin on. Was easy to make and super delicious! The chicken meat was so tender and practically falling off the bone. So flavourful too. Loved it. Thanks ?

    • Valentina's Corner 09/17/2018, 10:00 am Link Reply

      That sounds fantastic, Gina. LOVE it. I’m sure that will be useful to others who want to give chicken legs a try. Thank you, bunches.

  • Melisa Gray 07/31/2018, 9:59 am Link Reply

    I followed the recipe with thighs last week and we LOOOOVED it, but all I have on hand today is breast’s. Wondering if anyone tried this with chicken breasts??

    • admin 07/31/2018, 1:41 pm Link Reply

      You can do chicken breast, however, you’d need to bake it less as chicken breast bakes much quicker and you don’t want it to dry out. I cannot give you a baking time as it will depend on the thickness of the breast.
      Thanks for the feedback, Melisa. 🙂 🙂

  • kara cargill 07/14/2018, 4:06 pm Link Reply

    can I use Thyme and garlic powder instead for seasoning?

    • admin 07/17/2018, 3:29 pm Link Reply

      You definitely can, Kara! 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Laura 06/07/2018, 4:45 pm Link Reply

    Have you ever made these in an instapot?

    • admin 06/07/2018, 5:43 pm Link Reply

      Never have, Laura, but that sounds like a wonderful idea to try! I will have to try to make them in there. 🙂 If you try it before me, please let me know how it turns out.

  • Clarkie Brown 05/25/2018, 5:16 pm Link Reply

    I probably use this recipe once a week! Everyone loves it!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • admin 05/27/2018, 7:58 pm Link Reply

      Thank YOU so much for trying our recipe and letting us become a part of your dinner. 🙂 So glad your loved ones enjoy this, Clarkie.

  • Tina 05/24/2018, 3:41 pm Link Reply

    This is by far one of the best baked chicken recipes ever. Thank you.

    • admin 05/25/2018, 11:52 am Link Reply

      Tina, you’re so kind! Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed it. Stop by and visit our online home again. <3

  • Emee 03/22/2018, 1:13 pm Link Reply

    Any nutritional informstion for this? Such as calories?

    • admin 03/22/2018, 11:11 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Emee. At this time, we do not provide nutritional information. However, there are many websites available online you can plug in the information and it will provide you with that. Sorry, that wasn’t very helpful. Thanks for visiting.

  • Gretchen 03/15/2018, 5:57 pm Link Reply

    I can’t eat eggs so mayo is out. I did a vegan mayo as substitute and it was just as yummy! Easy and yummy recipe.

    • admin 03/16/2018, 1:31 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Gretchen. Thanks for the feedback – I bet it will be useful to someone else. 🙂

    • Krystal 03/21/2018, 12:35 pm Link Reply

      So happy to hear that. I’m about to marinate using vegan mayo. Now I’m even more excited!

      • admin 03/21/2018, 5:09 pm Link

        Krystal, I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets pretty excited about recipes. 🙂 Hope you LOVED it!

      • Krystal 04/03/2018, 1:02 pm Link

        It was amazing! Actually about to make it again now. Thanks for sharing this!

      • admin 04/04/2018, 12:11 am Link

        Yaaay! That’s awesome, Krystal.. 🙂

    • Lee 05/05/2018, 11:52 pm Link Reply

      Hi.do you have to turn chicken half way thruough cooking

      • admin 05/07/2018, 2:04 pm Link

        No, Lee. You do not need to turn in at all, just let it bake :).

  • Kathy 03/10/2018, 6:05 pm Link Reply

    Saw this on pinterest. You might want to specify in the article and the recipe to marinate in the refrigerator.

    • admin 03/11/2018, 8:42 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Kathy. Fixed it! 🙂

  • Meghan 03/07/2018, 10:10 am Link Reply

    Hi! Can you prep and freeze this? Trying to organize a bunch of make-ahead meals. Thank you!

    • admin 03/07/2018, 1:14 pm Link Reply

      You definitely may, Meghan. The leftovers are great to use as well. If you need cooked chicken for a recipe. Just shred the thighs and use them. They taste wonderful.
      Hope you love them. 🙂

  • Jen 02/28/2018, 3:59 pm Link Reply

    Making the easy baked chicken thighs and not sure about the chili pepper, is that the flakes or chili powder…..??

    • admin 02/28/2018, 4:27 pm Link Reply

      I’ll update the recipe, Jen. It’s chili powder?..

      • Beth 03/30/2018, 2:50 pm Link

        Recipe has not been updated to chili powder.

      • admin 03/30/2018, 11:43 pm Link

        Thanks so much, Beth. Updated. 🙂

      • Vicky 05/06/2018, 4:56 pm Link

        Ingredients are updated, but directions still say chili flakes

      • admin 05/07/2018, 12:14 am Link

        Oh no, lol. Must have been one of those days.. Thanks, Vicky. It’s for sure updated;).

  • Laura M 02/21/2018, 9:35 am Link Reply

    Made this last night. Really delicious.

    • admin 02/21/2018, 4:49 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Laura. Thanks for the feedback. ??

  • Tiffany 02/05/2018, 3:01 pm Link Reply

    is this recipe spices?

    • admin 02/06/2018, 11:02 am Link Reply

      Do you mean spicy, Tiffany? If that’s what you meant, no, it’s not spicy at all. 🙂 Enjoy.

  • Linda 02/01/2018, 4:30 pm Link Reply

    Made it the other day and it was delicious. Going to try it again with breasts tonight.

    • admin 02/01/2018, 9:22 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Linda. I hope the chicken breasts came out just as delicious. 🙂

  • Madelyn Green 01/29/2018, 3:14 pm Link Reply

    No time to marinade will it still come out good

    • admin 01/29/2018, 3:34 pm Link Reply

      Yes, it will still be great. Enjoy.

  • Lauren 01/22/2018, 12:08 pm Link Reply

    Hello. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Sounds so good. My only concern is I have some picky eaters on my hands. Some do not like Mayo. I have snuck stuff in recipes before that they don’t typically like without them noticing. Can I get away with that for this one? Or do you really really taste the mayo?

    Thanks for any help.

    • admin 01/22/2018, 2:18 pm Link Reply

      Hi there Lauren,
      If you didn’t know mayo was a part of the recipe, you’d never taste it. 🙂 Hope you and your picky eaters LOVE the dish. 🙂 Blessings.

    • Ali 01/30/2018, 7:01 pm Link Reply

      I just made this dish and it so good ! I can’t taste the mayo . Kids loved it

      • admin 01/31/2018, 12:09 am Link

        That’s wonderful, Ali. Especially since your kiddos approve, that’s like double the treat. 🙂

    • Amber 03/05/2018, 11:36 am Link Reply

      My husband won’t eat mayonnaise. I use buttermilk as a substitute. And they came out great! I hope this helps

      • admin 03/05/2018, 12:34 pm Link

        Thank you so much, Amber. That’ll be helpful for others. Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  • Michelle 11/29/2017, 1:48 pm Link Reply

    This looks delicious! This may be a silly question but, If I use bone in and skin on thighs, would I still need to cover while baking?

    • admin 12/04/2017, 6:17 pm Link Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      You shouldn’t have to unless it’s a really large thigh. The internal temp reading should be 165F. If you notice about 15 minutes until the end of cooking that the chicken just doesn’t look ready, you can finish it off by covering it until chicken is fully cooked. Then, remove foil to finish off the crunchiness of the chicken. 🙂 Hope that helps. Enjoy, it’s a wonderful dish.

      • Joyce Bruget 03/16/2018, 8:33 pm Link

        Wondering how it gets crunchy without the skin on it. I have mine in the oven right now.

      • admin 03/16/2018, 11:48 pm Link

        I hope you love it, Joyce:)

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