Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

By Rena Awada | Updated On November 5, 2022

These Baked Boneless and skinless Chicken Thighs are so tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. Perfect for any day of the week and great to use over salads or used for sandwiches or tacos.

top view of cooked chicken thighs in a black skillet

Sometimes we love how tasty and juicy chicken thighs turn out compared to cooking chicken breasts. Even though chicken breasts are much leaner than chicken thighs, chicken thighs do come out quite tender and juicy. These baked chicken thighs are boneless and skinless, made with some broth, honey, garlic, and seasonings. Sweet and tangy-flavored chicken is our go-to way to prepare chicken.

Why you will love this boneless chicken thighs recipe

  • Easy to make with minimal ingredients: With just 30 minutes, you will have these oven-baked chicken thighs ready with just a handful of ingredients
  • Tender and juicy: With every bite, savor the tenderness and juiciness of these baked chicken thighs. There will be no regrets.
  • Versatile and family-friendly: These baked chicken thighs will pair well with so many sides and thus makes it easy to make a family-friendly meal for the family.
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Ingredients you will need

  • 2 lb boneless chicken thighs: you may use bone-in chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or skin-on chicken thighs.
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Italian seasoning: or any other seasoning you prefer
  • Olive oil: or any oil of choice like avocado oil
  • Garlic Cloves, chopped or minced. Please use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder if possible. The flavor will be impacted otherwise.
  • Honey: honey tastes best with chicken but we have found that agave or maple syrup will work just fine as a substitute.
  • Chicken broth: if you do not have chicken broth, you may use vegetable broth.
  • Fresh parsley: this could be an optional ingredient but adds in so much flavor so we do recommend you use it.
ingredients to make chicken thighs

How to make this baked chicken thighs recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Season the chicken with the seasonings on both sides.
  • Preheat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Drizzle the oil into the skillet and add chicken thighs. Sear for about 3 minutes per side, then set aside.
honey being poured onto a pan with sauteed garlic and broth
  • Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the honey and broth. Allow the sauce to start to bubble, then return the chicken back and spoon it over with the sauce.
chicken thighs sauteed in a black pan before being placed in oven
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the inside temperature of each chicken, thigh reaches 165F.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.
top view of boneless chicken thighs in a black skillet

recipe tips and substitutes

  • For a leaner cut chicken thighs, trim out all the fat on the sides of the chicken thighs and remove the skin. This will cut down on calories.
  • If you prefer to cook bone-in chicken thighs you can. Follow the same instructions as you would with this boneless chicken thigh recipe but double the time of cooking. Bone in chicken thighs takes much longer to cook and do not worry that they will dry out. The longer you cook them the more tender they will turn out.
  • You may use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs for a healthier option.
  • Use any of your favorite seasonings. You do not need to stick to Italian Seasonings.
  • We used honey, but if you do not have honey try using maple syrup or agave.
  • To give this recipe a kick of flavor, drizzle some lemons over the baked chicken thighs towards the end.
close up image of baked chicken thighs in a black skillet

Frequently asked questions

Which is better breast or thigh chicken?

When we compare chicken thighs to chicken breasts, they differ in nutritional values. Chicken breasts are a much healthier option because they are lower in fat, cholesterol, leaner, and higher in protein. Thats not to say chicken thighs are totally unhealthy especial if you remove then skin on the chicken thighs and trim out all the fat. Depending on your dietarry needs, chicken breasts would be a better choice, but chicken thighs tend to be more juicy and tender.

Are chicken thighs healthy?

What makes something unhealthy? The amount of calories, high fat content, and whether or not it increases cholesterol? Chicken thighs tend to be high in fat and not the healthiest option but they can be prepared in a healthy way. Removing the skin and trimming the fat off of it will make it less “unhealthy” It all depends on yoru dietary needs.

How long does chicken thighs take to cook?

It all depends if the chicken thighs are boneless and they have the bones in them still. Bonelss and skinless chicken thighs will take about 20-30 minutes to cook through. Bone in chicken thighs will take much longer to cook, more like 40-50 minutes. The best way to check for doneness is to use a food thermometer and wait until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

top view baked chicken thighs in a black skillet topped with freshly topped parsley

What to serve with baked chicken thighs

close up chicken thighs in a black skillet

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top view of boneless chicken thighs in a black skillet

Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

Boneless chicken thighs baked to perfection with some Italian seasoning, honey, garlic, and broth.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 422kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Season the chicken with the seasonings on both sides. Preheat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Drizzle the oil into the skillet and add chicken thighs. Sear for about 3 minutes per side, then set aside.
  • Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the honey and broth. Allow the sauce to start bubbling, then return the chicken back and spoon over with the sauce.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the inside temperature of each chicken thigh reaches 165F.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

  • You may make bone-in chicken thighs but they will take at least double the time to cook through.
  • If you do not have honey, you may use maple syrup or agave.
  • Use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. 
  • Want a much leaner cut, you may use chicken breasts.
  • Use vegetable broth if you do not have chicken broth.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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