Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oven Baked Crispy Chicken

Juicy chicken thighs with a crisp and flavorful skin can be on your dinner table with 5 minutes worth of effort! recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Juicy chicken thighs with a crisp and flavorful skin can be on your dinner table with about 5 minutes worth of effort. This crispy chicken is made in the oven without any breading at all; the only ingredients you need are the chicken, a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper. I am absolutely beside myself to have finally recreated our favorite chicken in the world, without the mess on the stove-top and with minimal clean up!

I've been making Pan Fried Chicken Thighs at least twice a month ever since I first made them a year and a half ago. The recipe is crazy easy and my whole family loves it. If you haven't tried that very simple cooking method yet, you should, because you simply have to taste it to understand how amazing a single piece of chicken can be.

I've tried a few different methods to recreate that flavor and crispiness in the oven over the past year and I am giddy to have finally nailed it. I'm dubbing this the easiest dinner recipe ever, because it requires no prep, no marinade, no special anything at all in advance. Grab your chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake. Seriously. That's all the effort it requires.


Give yourself an hour to crash on the couch, read a book, watch a show, and in general ignore everything else, while the chicken sizzling in the oven and filling the house with delicious smells fools everyone into thinking you are actively cooking dinner. It sounds too good to be true, but the chicken really is amazing without anything extra needed at all!

Oven Baked Crispy Chicken
Yield: 4 - 6 servings
(printable recipe)

6 - 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional: ground paprika and/or granulated garlic

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking tray or half sheet pan with foil and place all the chicken pieces on it, skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and flip each piece skin side up. Drizzle about a teaspoon of oil over the skin on each piece of chicken and rub lightly to coat. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper.

Bake for one hour, until most of the the fat has rendered out of the chicken and the skin is golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and let rest about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Crispy Oven Baked Chicken is juicy and flavorful with almost no effort at all! recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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27 comments:

  1. Chicken thighs are my favorite, and I have been cooking them like this too. So so easy and very crispy skin. This is one of my favorite meals - both because of taste and simplicity.

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  2. That does look like the perfect chicken, Mary!

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  3. Looks very tasty, but my family doesn't like chicken thighs or legs--have you ever tried this with breast meat? I imagine it would turn out dry unless you brine or marinate the breasts first.

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    1. I think bone-in skin-on breasts would also work, but I really have no idea as far as the cooking times. You'd want to use a thermometer and cook to the temperature, not the above recipe time. If you try it, please let me know how it works!

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    2. Thank you, Mary, I will let you know! I just started brining chicken and pork this year, and am amazed at what a difference it makes in keeping the meat moist and tender even when cooking until well done.

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    3. Kathy ~ I would love to know what you use for your brine. I really want to try it as I have heard many good things about brining

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    4. I just began brining chicken and most pork a few months ago, as we prefer the breast meat in chickens, which usually gets so dry when cooking, and can't bear to eat pork that isn't well-done, also sometimes dry. All I can say is I wish I had discovered brining over 30 years ago! I you'd like to e-mail me at krkelley1027@gmail.com I will share my favorite brine recipe with you & also a link to a web site that explains this process very well & has great brining recipes!

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  4. I cannot remember us baking chicken but this looks delicious and I can imagine the smell filling the house.

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  5. This is how my grandmother baked chicken when I was a child.

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  6. So, I made these chicken thighs for dinner this evening. O...M...G... Amazing! So delicious and tender and juicy! My older two children raved about it and kept thanking me for making it! My youngest is extremely picky and keeps insisting he doesn't like chicken. I didn't count his opinion tonight, LOL :) Thank you so much for posting the recipe. It will be used often!

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  7. I have been cooking chicken like this too but I also sprinkle a little Tonys on it. Oh my goodness it is so good!!!

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    1. Hi! I have a question for you: What is "Tonys"? Either I've never heard of it, or I'm having another "senior moment".

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    2. Tony's is a seasoning blend of spices. Here's a link:
      http://bit.ly/creoleseasoning
      I hope that helps!

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  8. Happy Saturday! Just letting you know I featured this recipe in my monthly round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from October 2015. Hope a lot of my readers will come over here and try it!

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  9. This came out so perfectly. Definitely my go to for baking chicken now.

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  10. Love it this is something I will make again and again!

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  11. I'm cooking this chicken for the second time, my family enjoyed it so much the first time I decided to cook it again. I love that it is so easy to make and the taste is great. Definitely will continue to make this at least twice a month if not more.

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  12. I've never cooked chicken thighs before and wasn't sure what to do with them (got some really cheap!). I searched pinterest, found this recipe and tried it out. They were really good! I actually had crispy skin! I need to try this same thing with drumsticks, because last time I tried, the skin was kinda soggy.

    Thanks for a great and simple recipe! :)

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  13. I absolutely love this chicken, it is so good!

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  14. I have a simple chicken thighs recipe that will knock your socks off..place the uncooked chicken thighs in an oven pan (with sides) pour one bottle of any italian dressing you like over all the chicken. Then sprinkle garlic salt over chicken. Make sure to lift each thigh to let the dressing get under it. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 1 hour. Serve chicken thighs with couscous (which is available at walmart, if you've never had it, you will absolutely love it in place of rice. it's flavorful , delicious and cheap and cooks in 5 minutes on stove top) and can of peas. Spoon juice from pan chicken cooked in over chicken, couscous & peas!!! I guarantee your whole family will love it....enjoy!

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  15. This might be a dumb question. But does this pan need to be greased before cooking?

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    1. Not a dumb question at all. The pan does not need to be greased.

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  16. Can you use boneless skinless thighs?

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    1. I wouldn't recommend this recipe for boneless chicken. The skin provides a lot of moisture and keeps the chicken nice and juicy. You can, however, simply remove the skin after baking, if you aren't a fan of the skin. I hope that helps!

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  17. I made this last night and it was delicious! I added some rosemary and garlic powder, and I am excited to eat the leftovers :)

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