Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs (Bone-In and Boneless)

I thought I would discuss how to perfectly cook chicken thighs before we get going. These recommendations hold true for both bone-in, skin-on and boneless, skin-on chicken thighs. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between the two, or stop reading and start cooking!

Tips For Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs

Depending on your preference, you can use either boneless or bone-in thighs. Bone-in meat is better for juicier meat. Choose the boneless variety for a leaner dinner.

Tips For Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs

Personally, I favor boneless meat because it is less messy to eat and still turns out to be very tender. Use a baking sheet lined with parchment because the chicken will release some juices.

Tips For Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs

In general, cooking bone-in chicken thighs requires a few more minutes than cooking boneless chicken thighs. The oven temperature for these baked chicken thighs is 425 F for both bone-in and boneless.

How Long Does It Take To Bake Chicken Thighs?

There is a little less preparation required when using boneless chicken thighs. Simply rub the spice mixture all over the chicken, then place it on the baking sheet with the tops facing up as shown below. After flipping the pan, bake for an additional 8 minutes.

Baking Boneless Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs with bones need a little bit more work, but not much more. As with boneless thighs, you should pat the skin on the thighs dry before coating it with the spice rub. This time, you'll place the thighs skin-down and bake them for 25 minutes without interruption.

Baking Bone-in Chicken Thighs

Baked chicken thighs can be refrigerated for  four to five days. If you won’t be eating them during that time, you can freeze the leftovers for future use.

How Do You Store Baked Chicken Thighs?

Although dark meat chicken has a bad reputation due to its high fat content, it can still be very healthy for you and a component of a balanced diet. First and foremost, you should use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you want to reduce the amount of fat in chicken thighs. Follow the guidelines below.

How To Reduce Fat Content

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