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Crispy and Juicy Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

This tender and crispy, Italian baked chicken thighs recipe is incredibly easy and made in the oven in about 35 minutes! Bone-in chicken thighs are marinated with garlic cloves, olive oil, Italian seasoning, and fresh lemon juice for the best bold flavors.
Course Gluten-Free, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 407kcal
Author Rena


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs bone-in; skin-on
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Kosher pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • lemon slices to garnish; optional


  • Place all the ingredients, except for the stock and parsley, in a Ziploc bag. Stir well through the bag to coat the chicken thighs.
  • Marinade the chicken thighs for one hour or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Preheat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken until golden brown on both sides.
  • Pour over the stock and stir a bit to release those brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Transfer to the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165°F.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices, if desired.


  • Any kind of oil will work for this recipe; however, we recommend olive oil because of its rich flavors.
  • Feel free to use boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in thighs. We like the flavors of bone-in chicken thighs because they are juicy and tender.
  • Vegetable stock will work in place of chicken stock.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Swap out the fresh lemon for lime in this chicken recipe.
  • Get creative and use different seasonings in place of Italian seasoning if you want to experiment with different flavors.
  • Be sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use your favorite kitchen thermometer for checking the temperature.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg