Recipes

How Long To Bake Boneless Chicken Thighs

Published
April 16, 2024

Reviewed by
Suze Dowling

How Long To Bake Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • Prep Time

    15 minutes

  • Cook Time

    25-30 minutes

  • Total Time

    40-45 minutes

  • Yield

    8 Chicken Thighs

When it comes to some of the best home-cooked dishes, few dishes offer the same level of comfort and flavor as a perfectly baked boneless chicken thigh. This humble yet versatile cut has become a weeknight hero for many, garnering a reputation for its juicy tenderness and unmatched savory appeal. 

As we tell you everything you need to know about baking boneless chicken thighs, we’ll teach you how to achieve that ideal balance of crispy skin and succulent meat all in one easy recipe.

Why Boneless Chicken Thighs?

When it comes to selecting the star of your meal, boneless skinless chicken thighs stand out for a few compelling reasons. Juicy and flavorful, these cuts offer a delightful alternative to the often-leaner chicken breast, providing a rich taste and succulent texture that leaves taste buds tingling with delight. 

Rich in nutrients such as potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A, boneless chicken thighs also offer a beneficial option for those mindful of their nutritional intake. Notably, they present a lower cholesterol content compared to fried chicken breast, making them an appealing choice for health-conscious individuals seeking a hearty yet balanced meal option.

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Prep Time: Approximately 15 minutes

Cook Time: Around 25-30 minutes

Total Time: Approximately 40-45 minutes

Note: These timings can vary based on individual ovens and specific recipe variations. Adjustments may be needed to achieve the desired level of doneness and flavor for this boneless chicken thigh dish.

For food safety, always use a meat thermometer and ensure a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F tested at the thickest part of the chicken thigh.

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken thighs bone-in and skin-on (apx. 3 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Tools We Used:

  • GIR Baking Mat: This reusable silicone mat is a budget and Earth-friendly alternative to nonstick sprays, foil, and parchment paper. It’s heat-resistant to 450°F and dishwasher safe!
  • GIR Whisk: The sturdy construction won't bend or break during those vigorous whisking sessions. 

Preparation and Ingredients:

  • In a small bowl, prepare a simple marinade by whisking together olive oil, orange juice, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and a touch of salt and black pepper to taste. Feel free to customize with additional spices like oregano, cayenne, or one teaspoon onion powder for added flavor depth.
  • Pat boneless chicken thighs dry with paper towels to ensure proper marination penetration.
  • Let the boneless chicken thighs marinate in the flavorful mixture for at least 30 minutes or overnight to enhance taste and tenderness, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Experiment with different marinades and flavor profiles to tailor the meal to your taste preferences. You might try a mixture of brown sugar, soy sauce, white vinegar, ground ginger, and minced garlic. For an Italian take, try a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, lemon zest, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet, baking dish, or sheet pan either lined with aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat for easy cleanup.
  • Season the marinated boneless chicken thighs with a sprinkle of kosher salt and any additional desired herbs or spices.
  • Arrange the seasoned chicken thighs in a single layer on the baking sheet or dish, ensuring even cooking throughout.

There you have it! Dig into your delicious baked chicken thighs, savoring each step of the process to create a delectable main dish that celebrates simplicity, flavor, and nutrition.

What Are Some Recipe Variations and Side Dishes?

With boneless chicken thighs, creativity and versatility can take center stage, offering many recipe variations and complementary side dishes to elevate each meal. 

Recipe Variations

  • Experiment with different marinades such as zesty lemon herb, sweet honey-garlic, or fiery cayenne for a tantalizing twist on traditional flavors.
  • Incorporate fresh ingredients like chopped herbs, citrus zest, or aromatic spices to infuse your boneless chicken thighs with vibrant and complex tastes.

Side Dishes

  • Pair your perfectly baked boneless chicken thighs with classic accompaniments like creamy mashed potatoes, roasted seasonal veggies, or a crisp garden salad for a balanced and satisfying meal.
  • Explore side dishes further by including wholesome grains, steamed greens, or flavorful Mediterranean-inspired salads to create a well-rounded dining experience that delights the palate.

Are There Any Additional Cooking Methods?

There are so many delicious ways to cook chicken thighs. Whether you prefer boneless, bone-in chicken thighs, or skin-on chicken thighs, preparing each of them individually calls for plenty of cooking techniques and methods to add depth and variety. 

So, no matter if you prefer a stovetop method, the broiler, or the grill, savor the opportunity to experiment with alternative approaches that introduce new dimensions of taste and texture to your dining table.

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Stovetop and Air Fryer Alternatives

  • Consider alternative cooking methods such as stovetop searing or air frying boneless chicken thighs for a different culinary experience that preserves moisture and enhances flavor.
  • Explore the benefits of each cooking technique, from stovetop caramelization for a rich sear to air frying for a crispy exterior that locks in succulent juices.

Broiling for Texture and Flavor

  • Broil boneless chicken thighs to achieve an irresistible crispness and caramelization that elevates the dish to new heights of flavor and texture.
  • Try broiling as a cooking method to add a delightful char and depth of flavor to your boneless chicken thighs.

What About Plating and Presentation, Reheating, and Storage?

Here are some additional tips to heighten your boneless chicken thigh cooking experience:

Plating and Presentation

Creating an aesthetically pleasing presentation of your reheated boneless chicken thighs can elevate the excitement surrounding your meal. Carefully arranging the chicken on a decorative plate, garnishing it with fresh herbs or a drizzle of sauce, and pairing it with complementary side dishes is the perfect way to achieve this.

Get your hands on some eye-catching dinnerware to make each meal a little more exciting!

Reheating Tips

When reheating baked boneless chicken thighs, it's essential to handle them gently to preserve their juiciness and flavor. You can opt for reheating methods like a microwave, oven, or stovetop to restore your meal to perfection.

To keep the moisture and texture at their best, consider adding a splash of chicken broth or olive oil during the reheating process. This step ensures a succulent and tender outcome that revitalizes your dish, offering a delightful eating experience.

Storage Suggestions

To maintain the freshness and flavor of leftover baked boneless chicken thighs, store them safely in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Additionally, you can opt to freeze your boneless chicken thighs. Freezing enables quick and convenient meal preparation on busy days, ensuring that taste and quality are preserved without compromise.

The Takeaway

Baking boneless chicken thighs introduces a range of flavors and textures that enhance both cooking and dining. With boneless chicken thighs, you have the opportunity to create satisfying meals that are both simple and delicious.

GIR offers quality kitchen tools designed to enhance your cooking experience. We invite you to join us in crafting delicious meals, one recipe at a time. Just as each perfectly baked boneless chicken thigh strikes a balance between juiciness and crispiness, GIR aims to bring balance to your kitchen, celebrating the joys and imperfections that come with cooking!

The GIR Difference

At GIR, we understand the importance of using reliable and durable kitchen tools when preparing your favorite recipes. That's why we strive to create innovative products that make your cooking experience convenient, efficient, and enjoyable. We recommend using our GIR Baking Mat and GIR Whisk for this baked boneless chicken thighs recipe.

Want an equally comforting dessert to top off this delicious meal? Check out our no-fuss Quick and Easy Confetti Sugar Cookies! These soft, chewy cookies have a buttery texture your family will love!

 

Sources:

What’s the Bake Time for Boneless Chicken Thighs? | How Long to Bake

What Are Cooking Times for Chicken? | Ask USDA

How Many Calories in Chicken? Breast, Thigh, Wing, and More | Healthline

The benefits of adding a drizzle of olive oil to your diet | American Heart Association

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