Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Baked Chicken Thighs are moist and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside! Perfectly seasoned, and served with a homemade creamy mustard sauce, this dish could very well be your new favorite!

This is a simple dish, straightforward, and easy to do. It pairs well with Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries, Creamed Spinach, and Classic Caesar Salad!

Photo of baked chicken thighs.

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs are difficult to mess up. They are never dry because of the higher fat content compared to the breast part. And for that same reason, they are more flavorful.

The secret is to leave the skin on. It will crisp up nicely while imparting flavors and keeping the meat tender, too. The coating is also savory which pairs well with the sauce.

Since this is already protein-rich, you may want to pair it with side dishes that are rich in carbs and fiber for balance. And while this cut is not the leanest, unlike skinless breasts, baking limits the additional calories from oil.

And you get to cook this in under one hour! Just perfect for the busy home cook!

Picture of baked chicken thighs ingredients.

What goes into Oven-baked Chicken Thighs?

I use bone-in and skin-on thighs. For the coating, you will need:

  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Italian dried herbs
  • dry mustard
  • smoked paprika
  • brown sugar
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder

And for the sauce, prepare the following:

  • olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • honey
  • minced garlic

For the measurements, refer to the recipe card below.

Picture of crispy oven baked chicken thighs.

How to make Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs

  • Prep the oven: Preheat it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease the baking dish.
  • Mix: In a bowl, combine the coating ingredients.
  • Season: Get the meat and toss with olive oil. Then, coat with the seasoning mix thoroughly.
  • Cook: Put the meat in the baking dish and cook for 35 to 40 minutes. Check with a thermometer if the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve: Combine the sauce ingredients. Serve it alongside the cooked thighs garnished with parsley.

How long to bake Chicken Thighs?

Here is a quick guide on how long the cooking time should be depending on your oven settings:

  • 325 degrees Fahrenheit – 55 to 60 minutes
  • 350 degrees Fahrenheit – 50 to 55 minutes
  • 375 degrees Fahrenheit – 45 to 50 minutes
  • 400 degrees Fahrenheit – 40 to 45 minutes
  • 425 degrees Fahrenheit – 35 to 40 minutes

Since not all cuts are the same in size, make sure to monitor closely. Fortunately, this cut is not prone to overcooking, especially when it is bone-in and skin-on.

Image of crispy chicken thighs with sauce.

Can I use chicken breasts instead?

Yes! I have the recipe for the breasts in this link. Go ahead and check that out! Note that the cooking time is faster than this recipe.

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs?

If you intend to use the air fryer, check out this recipe.

What to do with leftovers?

You can store and reheat them for later. Or, use them in other recipes. Here are some ideas:

Image of baked chicken thigh with creamy sauce..

How to store them?

Store them in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Thaw overnight before reheating.

Recipe Tips:

  • When using the thermometer, make sure to insert it at the thickest part without touching the bone.
  • If you have no thermometer, check for doneness by cutting through the meat. The juices must run clear.
  • You can broil for a few minutes towards the end of the cooking to give the skin a nice char.
  • I highly recommend using bone-in and skin-on ones. The bones and skin keep the meat juicy that prevents overcooking. But you are free to choose boneless and skinless ones as these have fewer calories due to the absence of the skin. Prevent overcooking by lessening the baking time by 10 minutes.

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5 from 3 reviews
Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 55 mins






Calories: 473 Carbohydrates: 12 Protein: 19 Fat: 39 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 116 Sodium: 669 Potassium: 259 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 10 Vitamin A: 252 Calcium: 15 Iron: 1
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Gonna try to make this tomorrow! This looks awesome :-) Thanks for sharing.


Amber Myers

I must try these! We love our chicken. This looks amazing and easy to make!



Will have to try your recipe. The flavour combo may even tempt my fussy eater!



Will try this recipe. The flavour combination may even tempt my fussy eater!



Your combination of seasonings for the coating sounds awesome and very flavorful. I will have to give your recipe a try.



Everything about this seems delicious, especially the sauce!



This looks so savory. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.


Lisa Martin

I love that there are so many uses for chicken in this recipe. We eat a ton of chicken so I always try to mix it up.


Sarah Bailey

Now these sound absolutely delicious - chicken is such a great idea to use with so many different finishes. I need to try this for myself.



These look really delicious! Chicken is my son's go-to protein, so I'll share this with him.



Chicken thighs are our favorite part. I will try and copy this recipe, thank you.


Bruce deMustchine

Golden, perfectly prepared goodness! I am printing this as we speak to make tonight! Wish me luck😃


You will love them!



Made these tonight and they were delicious. My husband puts hot sauce on everything, but he didn't on these and he loved them. I didn't have any dry mustard, and I didn't make the sauce this time, but it was still really good. Adding to the chicken rotation!


Thank you for the feedback, these are great!



We made this tonite and it was absolutely delicious! The coating on the chicken thighs were great!!! Will try that seasoning mixture on pork tenderloin also. Thanks for sharing!


I am so happy you loved it!


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