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a pile of seasoned and cooked chicken thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x


Made with just 3 ingredients, baked chicken thighs are so easy, juicy, and perfectly crispy on the outside, and they're simple enough for anyone to make!


  • 2 tablespoons homemade season salt*
  • 3 to 4 pounds chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Make a batch of homemade season salt if you don't have any on hand. Recipe is in the notes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Remove the chicken thighs from the packaging. If the skin is very long or overhangs the chicken meat, trim the skin.
  4. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  5. Brush each side of the chicken with melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle each side of the chicken thighs with the season salt.
  7. Place the chicken thighs on a rimmed baking sheet.
  8. Cover the baking sheet with foil.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil, and bake for another 10 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and registers 165 degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer.
  11. Remove from the oven, and allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  12. You can serve the pan drippings with dinner; see notes for more info.


  • *Make my favorite homemade season salt by combining 1/4 cup kosher salt, 4 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional.
  • Feel free to use any of your other favorite seasonings like lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, or Everything Bagel seasoning for this recipe.
  • The drippings left on the pan are delicious. I highly recommend serving them with your meal. You can remove the chicken from the pan and simply pour the pan juices into a bowl to serve with the meat (au jus style).
  • Or you can add the pan drippings to a small sauce pan. Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup of cold water and stir to combine. Add this to the pan drippings, whisking to combine. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture boils and thickens, about 3 minutes. Serve as a simple gravy.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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