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Crispy chicken thigh recipe in a skillet.

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Teri & Jenny
Extra Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs are a super simple and delicious lunch or dinner that can be made in under an hour. The fingerling potatoes are baked under the chicken, making them schmaltzy and bursting with flavor. This is a meal your whole family will love!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Amercian
Servings 2
Calories 1101 kcal


  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 12 small fingerling potatoes halved lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons minced thyme leaves
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
    Preheating an oven to 400 degrees.
  • Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towel. Sprinkle both sides of thighs with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
    Chicken thighs being patted with paper towels.
  • Place skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl to even coat skillet. Add thighs, skin-side down, and sear for 5 to 6 minutes or until skin is brown and has crisped. Flip each thigh and continue to sear for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
    Chicken thighs in a skillet.
  • Remove thighs from skillet and transfer to a plate.
    Cooked chicken thighs resting on a plate.
  • Toss potatoes, 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme leaves, garlic, oil, lemon juice, and remaining salt and pepper together in a bowl until potatoes are evenly coated.
    Fingerling potatoes tossed with oil in a bowl.
  • Pour potatoes into skillet in an even layer.
    Fingerling potatoes in a skillet.
  • Top potatoes with chicken thighs, skin-side up, and add sprigs of thyme.
    Crispy chicken thighs in a skillet with potatoes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until thighs have cooked through (juices should run clear when chicken is cut into and internal temp is 165˚F) and potatoes are fork tender.
    Crispy chicken thigh recipe in a skillet.
  • Remove chicken and potatoes from oven and allow chicken to rest, about 5 minutes. Top with remaining thyme, lemon zest and sea salt flakes (optional). Serve.
    Crispy chicken thigh recipe in a skillet.


Variations for Our Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

We love keeping this recipe simple, but there are so many different things you can do with this recipe based on personal preference.
  • Halve the amount of potatoes and add baby carrots to the potato mixture, to sneak some more vegetables into the dish.
  • Mix the flavors up by adding other herbs like minced rosemary or chives.
  • Use a seasoning salt to add some bold flavors to the chicken. We like using cajun seasoning or a smoked salt!

Tips and Tricks for Crispy Skin

  • Thoroughly pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, especially the skin-side. This will drastically reduce steam from forming when the chicken skin hits the heat, resulting in crispy skin.
  • Once the chicken skin is searing in the skillet don't poke and prod or move the thighs until it's time to flip them. This will allow the skin to render properly.
  • If you have time place the chicken onto a sheet pan fitted with a cooling rack, skin-side up, and place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight to really dry the skin out. This isn't completely necessary though and you can still achieve delicious and crispy chicken skin without this step.



Calories: 1101kcalCarbohydrates: 119gProtein: 51gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 2881mgPotassium: 3067mgFiber: 16gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 387IUVitamin C: 158mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 7mg
Keyword chicken thigh recipe, crispy baked chicken, recipe for families
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