Hello again! I’m here today to share my secret special recipe for easy baked chicken thighs! I have actually been fighting with myself whether to share certain recipes or not, because some of them are like my special thing. My rabbit in the hat you could say.
It is really fun to cook for people and have them tell you how marvelous everything is. I realize that sharing my recipes here won’t stop that from happening, but it does feel like I’m explaining the mystery behind the magic. In any case, I have decided to share my awesome and easy recipe for baked chicken thighs.
Even though I’m the one explaining this to you, it is really my Grandma’s recipe. I used to watch her make this about once a week my whole childhood (my grandparents lived with us). I don’t think she makes it anymore, as she doesn’t do much cooking nowadays, but I still cook these up at least a couple times a month.
The Recipe- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
You need to use regular chicken thighs, with the skin- that’s the best part. Just a side point, as you may have noticed from any of my posts, I am not really a health nut. I may try some vegetarian dishes here and there, but truly, I am a carnivore through and through…ok so, yes chicken with skin and bone in (I do try to buy all organic meat and veggies- no antibiotic, no hormones, no whatever the heck they put in everything these days).
Ok, take a baking sheet and cover it with foil. Pour a tiny bit of oil in the center and take a paper towel or napkin and smear it very thin all over the foil, to the edges. You are just greasing the pan. (and when the meal is over, super easy clean up, just throw the foil away!)
This Part is Very Important
Then, and I always do this in order, sprinkle salt (don’t go nuts, but use a good amount), pepper, garlic powder (not garlic salt!), and paprika on the foil. I will post a picture for you to see what I mean.
Then you take the thighs (most experts say you shouldn’t wash them to avoid cross contamination, but that’s up to you) and lay them bottom side down on the pan- skin side up. And then, this is the fun part, take each one and rub it around on the pan in its general area. Do this with each thigh.
This method- Grandma’s method- is really great. It seasons the bottoms of the thighs and also leaves for some great little yummy crunchies on the pan when its all done. But the best part of it is you only have to touch the chicken in one step.
Now you can thoroughly wash your hands and get back to it. You have already taken care of the underside, now do the same seasoning on the top of each thigh. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little paprika (makes it much prettier). All done!
Go ahead and stick it in your preheated oven (uncovered) and cook for 45-50 mins, depending on how hot your oven runs. Follow these easy steps and your chicken will come out perfect every time. Juicy chicken with crispy flavorful skin! Truly delicious! Thanks Grandma!
Spicing it up
I have personally never messed with the basic ingredients in this recipe. I always just add my own flare when its done. However, if after you try it the original way the first time, if you felt so inclined, I’m sure it would be great to add some hot pepper dust to the seasoning steps. I personally, would want to pick one that doesn’t have much flavor, just heat. Actually, this sounds awesome. I think I will try it on just a couple of the thighs next time to see how it comes out.
Typically how I spice up my baked thighs is with, you guessed it, hot sauce. Kind of depends what mood I’m in on which one I choose, but I tend to lean towards the ones that have that tangy bite to them…similar to Franks Original.
Recently I bought a bottle of Miss Delta Ol’ Recipe Hot Sauce. It uses red fresno and cayenne chiles, and has that tangy flavor that goes great with chicken. Its a mild to medium spice. Often times when I use a milder, but flavorful sauce I will just put a dab of something super spicy (like Dave’s Temporary Insanity) on my plate and use a tid bit of it with every other bite to kick it up a notch.
My Other Vices
I guess this is as good of a time as any to let you all know that, not only am I addicted to hot sauces, but I also have a major thing for lemon (and garlic- more on that later). For example…with these easy baked chicken thighs, I usually peel the skin off and put it the side. I doctor up the chicken with my spicy stuff and lemon and enjoy my meal. Then at the end of dinner, I squeeze a pool of lemon juice into the upside down crunchy delicious skin I had put to the side and shove the whole thing in my mouth! Yes, I’m sure the visual is as pleasant as seeing it in real life…but I have been doing this since I was like 6 years old, and I have no intention of stopping. Its a freakin’ party for my mouth and I love it!
Well, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed. Also, I hope you try this amazing easy baked chicken thigh recipe and let me know how it goes…as always please feel free to ask questions, comment, or share some suggestions below. Thanks for reading, and talk to you all again soon!