Easy Crispy Chicken

June 17, 2019

Easy Crispy Chicken

Crispy baked chicken with a juicy meat and a crisp flavorful skin. What’s not to love?
Especially when it’s made in the oven with no breading at all and the only ingredients you need are chicken, spices, and herbs (all pantry staples that you likely already have at home.)
Enters this incredible Easy Crispy Chicken also known as the most amazing oven baked chicken thighs.

Easy Crispy Chicken

These chicken thighs come out crispy on the outside and amazingly tender and juicy on the inside.
Not to mention that they are super easy to make and you use only one pan.
There are however a few tips for success when making baked chicken thighs:
You must pat them dry with paper towels before seasoning. The natural moisture from the chicken can prevent getting a really good sear.
You want to bake them at 400°F for 35 to 40 minutes without moving, turning, or rotating them during the process. This ensures that crispy outside and juicy inside we’re looking for.
Always use a rimmed baking sheet or an oven-proof skillet. The chicken releases its tasty natural juices and you want to collect them not running off the pan into your oven.
I like to use skin on chicken thighs for this recipe because it delivers the best results. However, if you have skinless chicken thighs on hand or if you prefer boneless chicken thighs, definitely use those but watch out because they take about 10 minutes less to cook.

Easy Crispy Chicken

Juicy, crispy, with a flavorful crust, and ready in under one hour, this Easy Crispy Chicken will become a staple in your house. This is a recipe you'll come back time to time again!

Easy Crispy Chicken                                                                                                                                 Print this recipe!

Serves 4

6 chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (make your own Italian seasoning with this recipe)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional but highly recommended)


Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and place a rack in the middle.
Pat chicken thighs dry using paper towels and arrange them onto a large baking sheet or oven-proof skillet.
Drizzle thighs with olive oil and rub them to coat.
In a small bowl mix salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using).
Sprinkle spice mix evenly over chicken thighs.
Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro) and serve!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 231 calories, 16 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 47 grams of protein.