June 24, 2024

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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs – Spoon Fork Bacon

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Oven baked chicken thighs with a spoon to serve.

The BEST Oven Baked Chicken Thighs you’ll ever taste. These juicy thighs are baked in a simple, honey mustard sauce studded with garlic and thyme for a deliciously savory dish you can enjoy any day of the week.

Oven baked chicken thighs with a spoon to serve.

There are two things I always have stocked in my freezer, homemade dumplings/potstickers and chicken thighs. They’re two of the easiest and most perfect things to pull out of the freezer, thaw and cook up to make a delicious, protein packed meal.

These Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are one of my favorite dinners to make during the week. They’re super low maintenance and taste so good! Our version is a simple honey mustard version studded with garlic and thyme for an extra savory flavor. It’s seriously the best and easiest chicken thighs recipe ever!

How to Make Our Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients

Oven baked chicken thighs recipe ingredients prepped out.

Process

Honey Mustard Sauce

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine mustard, honey, stock, and garlic.
  2. Whisk together.

Prepping and Cooking the Chicken Thighs

  1. Season chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat a skillet with olive oil and sear chicken thighs skin side down in a skillet for about browned. Flip each thigh over and continue to cook for a couple minutes. Remove from heat. (this can be done in batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet when searing). Once all thighs have been seared, drain almost all fat from skillet and fit all thighs into skillet, if done in batches.
  1. Pour sauce over chicken thighs and add thyme sprigs.
  2. Place skillet in oven and bake until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 175˚F and juices run clear when pierced with a knife. Remove skillet from oven and allow chicken to rest, about 5 minutes. Spoon sauce over chicken thighs, season with a little more salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.

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How Long to Bake Chicken Thighs?

Since chicken thighs are dark meat, they are more forgiving when it comes to cooking than chicken breasts. They also take longer to cook through. I generally say it’s a good idea to bake chicken thighs (that are bone-in) at 375˚F for at least 30-40 minutes, after searing them, to make sure they’re completely cooked through. Again, they’re more forgiving so if you end up baking them for up to an hour, you should still be okay without the meat getting dry or tough.

For baked boneless chicken thighs, you need less time. I usually bake boneless chicken thighs at 375˚F for 25 to 30 minutes, after searing them off.

Tips and Tricks for Oven Baked Chicken Thigh Success

  • We love searing the thighs before pouring the sauce over them and baking. This will render some of the fat as well as help the skin get nice and crispy.
  • If you want extra crispy skin, avoid pouring the sauce directly over the seared thighs and just pour the liquid around the thighs. Alternatively, remove the seared thighs from the skillet/braiser, pour in the sauce and then nestle the thighs (skin-side up) back into the sauce.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry before seasoning and searing them to further help optimize the crispy skin.
  • If you’re unsure about the doneness of the chicken just use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.

Storing, Reheating and Freezing Leftover Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Storing and Reheating

This dish will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, transfer thighs and sauce to a baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350˚F for 10 to 15 minutes or until just heated through.

Freezing and Reheating

To freeze leftovers, place thighs and sauce in an airtight, freezable baking dish, tightly wrap in foil and freeze for up to 6 months. To reheat, place frozen, covered baking dish in a 350˚F oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until heated through.

Oven baked chicken thighs in a skillet with glasses of wine on the side.

Variations for our Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you prefer, just reduce the baking time by about 10 minutes.
  • Boneless, skinless (or bone-in and skin-on) chicken breast can also be used in this recipe, just reduce the baking time by 15-20 minutes.
  • We mentioned above that searing the thighs before baking them will help the skin stay crispy, but if that isn’t important to you and you want to save a bit of time and effort you can definitely just bake the thighs in the sauce without searing them. You can also use a baking dish instead of a skillet if you take this route. You may need to add a few minutes to the overall baking time, but that’s it!
  • Add some spices to the chicken thighs before searing them for even more added flavor like smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, cumin or garlic powder.
  • We call for stone ground mustard in this recipe because we love the gritty texture. A great substitute is whole grain mustard, and our Homemade Whole Grain Mustard is so easy to make and a delicious condiment to keep in your refrigerator!
Homemade whole grain mustard in a bowl with a spoon next to it.


A simple recipe for Homemade Whole Grain Mustard that’s delicious and easy to make. We love using this mustard to make dressings and as a spread for sandwiches or on a cheese plate.

What to Serve with Our Baked Chicken Thighs?

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A close up on oven baked chicken thighs with a serving spoon under a chicken thigh.

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Oven baked chicken thighs in a skillet with a serving spoon.

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

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The BEST Oven Baked Chicken Thighs you’ll ever taste. These juicy thighs are baked in a simple, honey mustard sauce studded with garlic and thyme for a deliciously savory dish you can enjoy any day of the week.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Servings: 3

  INGREDIENTS  

  INSTRUCTIONS  

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, stock, and garlic. Set aside.

  • Place a large skillet over medium high heat. Once skillet is hot, add oil.

  • Season chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper.

  • Sear chicken thighs skin side down for about 3 minutes or until browned. Flip each thigh over and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat. (this can be done in batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet when searing). Once all thighs have been seared, drain all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet and fit all thighs into skillet, if done in batches.

  • Pour sauce over chicken thighs and add thyme sprigs.

  • Place skillet in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes (or until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 175˚F and juices run clear when pierced with a knife).

  • Remove skillet from oven and allow chicken to rest, about 5 minutes.

  • Spoon sauce over chicken thighs, season with a little more salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves. Serve.

  NOTES  

Tips and Tricks for Oven Baked Chicken Thigh Success
  • We love searing the thighs before pouring the sauce over them and baking. This will render some of the fat as well as help the skin get nice and crispy.
  • If you want extra crispy skin, avoid pouring the sauce directly over the seared thighs and just pour the liquid around the thighs. Alternatively, remove the seared thighs from the skillet/braiser, pour in the sauce and then nestle the thighs (skin-side up) back into the sauce.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry before seasoning and searing them to further help optimize the crispy skin.
  • If you’re unsure about the doneness of the chicken just use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
Storing, Reheating and Freezing Leftover Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Storing and Reheating This dish will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, transfer thighs and sauce to a baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350˚F for 10 to 15 minutes or until just heated through. Freezing and Reheating To freeze leftovers, place thighs and sauce in an airtight, freezable baking dish, tightly wrap in foil and freeze for up to 6 months. To reheat, place frozen, covered baking dish in a 350˚F oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until heated through.

Calories: 696kcal Carbohydrates: 36g Protein: 40g Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 223mg Sodium: 704mg Potassium: 582mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 32g Vitamin A: 285IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 49mg Iron: 3mg

CUISINE: Amercian

KEYWORD: baked chicken recipe, chicken thigh recipe, honey mustard

COURSE: dinner, Main Course

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