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How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

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Broiled chicken thighs are a delicious and easy-to-make meal perfect for a great weeknight meal- only 3 ingredients. In this dish, the chicken thighs are coated with a flavorful mixture of herbs, spices, and olive oil. They are then baked and broiled in the oven until cooked through and are crispy on the outside. I will show you how to perfectly bake and broil boneless chicken thighs with a delicious creole seasoning. The result is a juicy, tender, and flavorful chicken dish that is sure to please the entire family.

Chicken thighs are a versatile and flavorful cut of meat that can be cooked in a variety of ways. They are typically more tender and flavorful than chicken breasts (unless you make breasts like this), and they are also a good source of protein and iron. This chicken recipe is so easy and the thighs can be served in so many ways – as the main dish, in a casserole, in a salad, on a sandwich with barbecue sauce. I am a huge fan of a quick meal and oven-baked chicken is simple and delicious. 

How Long To Broil Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Baking sheet of chicken thighs under a broiler.

The total time for easy broiled chicken thighs is anywhere from 5-7 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on how hot your broiler is and how close the oven rack is to the heat source of the broiler. I like to bake chicken thighs first to make sure they will be cooked though and then turn on the broiler to crisp and brown the tops. Use an instant-read thermometer to make sure you have a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 

You can use the broiler for chicken breasts, skin-on chicken thighs, chicken legs, casseroles – anything you want to give a nice crust. The best way to have a successful broil is to keep the oven door slightly ajar and keep a close eye on it. It only takes a moment to burn your dish, but with a watchful eye, you can have a perfectly seared top. It doesn’t take that much time.

Seasonings For How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

Creole seasoning poured out onto a wooden surface from a glass jar.

There are just about a million seasonings you can choose for this easy chicken thigh recipe. My family and I love this creole seasoning. I make a double or triple recipe and keep a jar of it in the spice cabinet to use on a bunch of different recipes such as jambalaya, dirty rice, linguini and chicken, chicken breasts, pork roasts, roasted vegetables, and many others. 

Here are some other seasonings that would be delicious:

  • Black pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Curry powder (a favorite way!)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Light brown sugar

​How To Get Crispy Chicken Thighs Without The Skin

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The secret to getting a crispy top is to start with cool to room temperature chicken (not frozen) and pat it completely dry with paper towels. Then take a “fat” and rub it on top as a marinade. You can use butter, olive oil, mayonnaise, or lard.

This marinade creates a lovely barrier to moisten the meat while giving a seared and textured top under the broiler. Add some of your favorite seasonings – don’t skimp on this part. Then the secret is to bake them at high heat. I usually cook my chicken at 400 degrees F and check the temp often. 

Forkful of tender juicy chicken.

Here are some suggestions for a marinade to try next time:

  • ​Avocado oil and seasonings
  • Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Mayo mixed with seasonings and spread on top
  • Apple cider vinegar and olive oil
  • Melted butter sauce and lemon juice
  • Olive oil and orange juice
  • Lime juice, cumin, and olive oil

Ingredients For How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

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Here are the simple ingredients for this easy recipe of chicken thighs. 

  • 12 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of creole seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions On How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

It is so fast and simple to get these chicken thighs on the dinner table even on a busy weeknight using an easy cooking method. Arrange the oven racks so one is on the top near the heating element and one is on the middle/lower setting. Set the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, drizzle olive oil, and spread half the seasonings all over.

A prepared baking dish to make How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs.

2. Take your chicken thighs and “open” them up from underneath. Place them on the prepared sheet pan in a single layer right side up.

A collage of 4 pictures showing how to lay out a dozen chicken thighs.

3. Drizzle the tops with olive oil and sprinkle the rest of the seasoning all over the tops. 

Baking sheet of How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs - seasoned

4. Put the chicken in a preheated oven on the middle/lower rack and bake for 12-15 minutes until an instant-read thermometer is 155-160 degrees.

How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs on the middle rack of an oven.

5. Move the chicken to the top rack and switch on the broiler. Leave the door slightly ajar and broil the chicken until the tops are as brown as you like about 5-7 minutes. 

How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs under the broiler.

6. Let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting into. 

Notes: 

If making a smaller number of chicken thighs, a cast iron skillet would be a great choice to use. 

How To Serve How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs on a plate with peas and orzo.

Here are some side dish ideas on what to serve with this chicken thighs recipe for some favorite easy dinners:

How To Store And Reheat Chicken Thighs

Store any leftover baked and broiled chicken thighs in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can also chop it up and use it in salads or casseroles. Cooked chicken thighs can be frozen in a freezer bag for up to 6 months. 

To reheat:

Microwave method – heat at 30-second intervals in a microwave-safe dish until hot.

Oven method- heat chicken thighs at 350 in a baking dish and cover with a lid. Heat until the desired temperature is reached about 10 minutes. 

Wrapping Up How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs on a white platter

Learning how to perfectly bake and broil boneless chicken thighs is a great way to change up your weekly dinner menus. They are simple and take less time to cook than other cuts of chicken. Chicken thighs are a favorite recipe of my children and there are so many side dishes that you can pair with them for a simple weeknight dinner. 

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How To Perfectly Bake And Broil Boneless Chicken Thighs

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of creole seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, drizzle olive oil, and spread half the seasonings all over.
  • Take your chicken thighs and “open” them up from underneath. Place them on the prepared sheet pan in a single layer right side up.
  • Drizzle the tops with olive oil and sprinkle the rest of the seasoning all over the tops.
  • Put the chicken in a preheated oven on the middle/lower rack and bake for 12-15 minutes until an instant-read thermometer is 155-160 degrees.
  • Move the chicken to the top rack and switch on the broiler. Leave the door slightly ajar and broil the chicken until the tops are as brown as you like about 5-7 minutes.
  • Let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting into.

Notes

If making a smaller number of chicken thighs, a cast iron skillet would be a great choice to use. 
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sarah

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