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Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs recipe for those busy evenings when dinner would just be far too much work and the whole family is pacing the kitchen for food.

Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs recipe for those busy evenings when dinner would just be far too much work and the whole family is pacing the kitchen for food.

What is the Difference Between Roasting and Baking?

Baking Versus Roasting.

Baking and roasting are both dry heat cooking methods.

This just means that heat is not transferred through a liquid medium during the cooking process.

I remember as a kid my mom would occasionally bust out a very easy dinner, which looking back I now know that meant she was probably exhausted from being our mom, but back then I thought she was just being awesome. Easy dinners would range from sausage links and Grandma’s Czech fried potatoes (you MUST make them), or baked bbq chicken to things as easy as hot dogs and mac n cheese in that big silver pot, chicken nuggets or even fruit and toast. Yes, this easy roasted chicken thighs post is actually going to be all about the fruit and toast thing.

Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs recipe for those busy evenings when dinner would just be far too much work and the whole family is pacing the kitchen for food.

Can Chicken Thighs be Cooked from Frozen?


That will take 1.5 times as long as it would take if you were cooking them fresh.

Remember back  in that Tikka Masala recipe where I mentioned that I had every intention of totally calling my husband out in front of millions of readers? Well, today is the day. Sorry Cade, I love you but I have to do this. You see, fruit and toast was actually a favorite Saturday night dinner at our house. Our family had 5 kids, 2 bunnies, a cat, and later a dog. Which is hilarious if you know me now. 😉 Anyway, Mom would be so busy and by the time Saturday hit dinner was the last thing she wanted to worry about.

All summer she had worked hard to bottle (can) fruit for us and we loved busting out a can of raspberries and some hot, buttered toast. Now that I’m the mom I’ve tried to do the same, but Cade will not have it. “Fruit and a piece of toast is not dinner. I’ll be starving!” has been heard coming from Cade’s mouth. He would much rather go out to eat, but I grew up in a home where we NEVER went out to eat. Or at least rarely. So I would rather stay in. I’ve given up on fruit and toast but I still keep things simple like roasting a few chicken thighs and dipping the meat in bbq sauce with a side of fruit or fresh cut veggies, which Cade does because heaven knows that’s just far too much work for a Saturday. Am I right?

Are Chicken Thighs Considered Lean Meat?

Some people prefer the taste of dark meat over white meat and consider it to be more tender and flavorful.

Both chicken thighs and breasts are good sources of lean protein.

However, they differ in the amount of calories, fat and saturated fat.

Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs

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Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs recipe for those busy evenings when dinner would just be far too much work and the whole family is pacing the kitchen for food.


  • 4 Chicken Thighs bone in, skin on
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • Pepper


  • Heat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Run the chicken with a little olive oil, front and back.
  • In a small bowl, mix the seasoning and then rub all over the chicken.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add a tiny drizzle of oil and place the chicken skin side down for a minute.
  • Reduce to medium low heat and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Place the skillet in the oven for 12 minutes, flip so the skin side is up and cook an additional 5 minutes or until juices run clear and the skin is crisp.
  • Serve immediately.


roasted chicken will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 334IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Chicken Thighs are one of my absolute favorite cuts of chicken – especially roasted! I love this super simple recipe.

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    • Simple is sometimes the best way! And thighs are totally the best! Soooooo much flavor!

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  • So where can I find Grandma’s potato recipe???

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      • That’s weird, I don’t recall there being a link when I looked the first time. Sorry for the trouble, but thanks for the link! They look delicious and I can’t wait to try them.

      • I’ll make sure it’s bolded, sometimes I forget to do that. tHANKS!

  • Can you clarify the temp to cook on the stove. Instructions say to heat skillet over medium/high but then to reduce heat to medium/high. Thanks! I don’t want to ruin this. Love the combo of seasoning

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    • ohhh! I meant reduce to medium low. Corrected!

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