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Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs [Video]

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!

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!

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.

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.

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:

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.

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs are moist and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside! Perfectly seasoned, this dish could very well be your new favorite!

Photo of baked chicken thighs.
  • Prep Time15 MIN
  • Cook Time40 MIN
  • Servings 6 servings



  • 6-8 chicken thighs bone-in skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian dried herbs
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 cloves garlic minced


  • Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees.
  • Lightly grease with oil a 9x3 baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • Add all the seasoning ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
  • Pat dry the chicken thighs and rub with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss in seasoning generously.
  • Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit and the chicken is golden and crispy.
  • Broil at the end for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl mix all the sauce ingredients.
  • Serve the chicken thighs with sauce on the side and garnish with chopped parsley.

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Beck & Bulow

Beck & Bulow

OMG!!! This recipe is so good!!! Baked chicken thigh and served it on top of a rose cream cheese spaghetti and all my guests loved it!!! It is a go to recipe from now on.



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!

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

I am so happy you loved it!



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!

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

Thank you for the feedback, these are great!

Bruce deMustchine

Bruce deMustchine

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

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

You will love them!

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