Baked boneless skinless chicken thighs are so simple and delicious! They stay incredibly juicy and tender, no wonder they are so popular!
Boneless skinless chicken thighs are my favorite cut of meat. They are moist, easy to chew and have delicious mild taste. Given the choice between chicken breasts and thighs, I’ll pick thighs any day.
Unlike beef and pork, chicken thighs are not considered to be “red meat”, so they are still in the “healthy protein” category. But they don’t taste like a typical healthy food, they are much more substantial. So succulent and yummy!
Unlike chicken breasts that can easily dry out and get tough, chicken thighs are very forgiving. Chicken breasts can go from raw to overcooked in minutes, but that time window is much more flexible for chicken thighs. Even if you overcook the thighs, they will continue to stay juicy for a while.
I’d say chicken thighs are impossible to mess up. Even a beginning cook can make them taste perfect. You don’t really need to do anything – just put boneless skinless chicken thighs in the oven for 30 minutes at 425 degrees and take out tasty juicy meat!
This simple recipe for baked boneless skinless chicken thighs uses the most basic seasonings – salt and pepper. Feel free to customize it by adding your favorite spices! Garlic powder and onion powder taste amazing with chicken! You can also use chili powder or paprika to make them spicy!
These easy baked chicken thighs are very versatile. You can eat them whole for dinner, or you can chop them up and use in other recipes. You can make a huge batch and eat some right away and cut up the rest for meal prep throughout the week. These tender chicken thighs are great in salads!
You can also freeze cooked cup-up chicken thigh meat to use for later. It makes a great base for quick chicken noodle soup – just throw in chopped chicken and noodles and canned chicken stock, and the hot yummy chicken soup will be ready in 15 minutes! Having a cup of chicken soup is so comforting!
If you like these baked boneless skinless chicken thighs, you will also love these easy recipes:
Best Ever Roasted Potatoes – these potatoes also roast at the oven temperature of 425F, so you can throw them in the oven together with these chicken thighs! Dinner is ready!
Chicken Fajitas – chicken pieces are cooked in one pan with peppers and onions to make yummy Mexican fajitas!
Baked Pesto Chicken – three ingredient recipe that’s so full of flavor! Chicken is slathered with pesto, sprinkled with Parmesan and baked!
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas – shred these baked chicken thighs and use them in these epic chicken quesadillas!
Honey Soy BBQ Chicken – this recipe calls for chicken legs, you can use chicken thighs instead! So finger-lickin’ good!
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Other seasonings to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Rub the chicken thighs with salt, pepper and other seasonings if using.
- Put seasoned boneless skinless chicken thighs on the baking sheet.
- Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.