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Italian Baked Chicken Thighs on a white platter

Italian Baked Chicken Thighs

With just a handful of simple seasonings, these chicken thighs come out crispy on the outside and amazingly tender and juicy on the inside. Baked chicken thighs are so easy to make and we show you how to turn them into a make ahead freezer meal too!

Yield: 6 1x
Prep: 5 minCook: 40Total: 45 minutes


  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed in hand
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

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Make It Now:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, and paprika.
  3. Arrange the chicken on the baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels and trim off any excess skin/fat. Drizzle the oil evenly over the chicken and rub in on all sides. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly over the chicken and rub in on all sides.
  4. Bake the chicken, skin side up, for 40-45 minutes, until done. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F and/or have no more pink inside. Optional: You can turn on the broiler and broil the chicken for a few minutes to get the skin even crispier, if desired. 

Freeze For Later: Place the seasoned, raw chicken thighs into a gallon-sized freezer bag in a single layer. Seal and freeze flat.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw using one of these safe methods and then cook as directed in Step 4.

© Author: Thriving Home
Cuisine: Italian Method: Oven