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The Best Crispy Chicken Thighs (no grill needed)

April 25, 2022

The Best Crispy Chicken Thighs recipe and method that doesn’t require a grill. It is our go-to way to cook chicken all year around and it always turns out and so flavorful.

This is the golden chicken recipe everybody!!

It’s the only chicken recipe you need to know. It is simple and delicious and stays so juicy!! I love the two step method of crisping over the stovetop and then baking in the oven. This is how we ensure the chicken gets crispy but not dry and also is super flavorful. Then cooking bone-in and skin-on also helps a lot with this.

I cannot wait to hear what you think about this recipe!

The basics you need to make chicken thighs:

  • Chicken thighs – obviously ha! We like to use ones bone-in and skin on always. It keeps things extra flavorful and tasty if you leave it on. I also think it stays moist that way.
  • Olive oil – or you can use avocado oil if you prefer
  • Spice blend of: oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • Fresh lemon to squeeze on top

How to cook chicken thighs no on the grill and in the stovetop and oven instead:

  1. Heat cast iron skillet on medium/high heat and preheat to 400 degrees
  2. Add chicken to a bowl and drizzle olive oil on top
  3. Mix together the spices and lemon juice in a bowl then pour on top of the chicken to evenly coat
  4. Place chicken skin side down on skillet to cook 1-2 minutes
  5. Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes
  6. Transfer to oven and cook for 30 minutes or until ready
  7. Enjoy while warm! I especially love snacking on the skin too

FAQs about making extra crispy chicken thighs:

  • How do you get the skin of the chicken extra crispy? By cooking it over the stovetop first before baking! Helps char it a bit, but I don’t like fully cooking the chicken on the stove top because it can dry out a bit.
  • Are chicken thighs healthier than chicken breasts? They are both healthy and good for you in their own way. Chicken thighs have a bit more healthy fats and they’re much more flavor, have a ton of nutrients and vitamins. Chicken breasts are lower in fat and have less flavor but still can be delicious if prepared correctly.
  • Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs? Absolutely! Cook time may differ depending on size of chicken breasts.

What to serve with crispy chicken thighs:

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The Best Crispy Chicken Thighs (no grill needed)

The Best Crispy Chicken Thighs recipe and method that doesn’t require a grill. It is our go-to way to cook chicken all year around and it always turns out and so flavorful.

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: Makes about 4 chicken thighs 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb chicken thighs (we like bone-in skin on!)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Heat cast iron skillet on medium/high heat and preheat to 400 degrees
  2. Add chicken to a bowl and drizzle olive oil on top
  3. Mix together the spices and lemon juice in a bowl then pour on top of the chicken to evenly coat
  4. Place chicken skin side down on skillet to cook 1-2 minutes
  5. Flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes
  6. Transfer to oven and cook for 30 minutes or until ready
  7. Enjoy while warm! I especially love snacking on the skin too

Notes

*Store leftovers in the fridge and enjoy within 5 days

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