Baked Chicken Thighs

prep:10 minutes
cook:40 minutes to 45 minutes
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  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 316
  • Total Fat: 19g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 2g
  • Protein: 31g

The dark meat of the chicken is full of wonderful flavor, and becomes even more delicious when allowed to cook in its own juices from the fatty skin. For this recipe, we place shallot and garlic under the skin to infuse the chicken with flavor, and simply sprinkle salt and pepper over top. The crisp skin adds the perfect crunch when taking that first juicy bite!

Serves: 2

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat oven to bake at 425°F.
  2. Rinse chicken thighs under cold water and place in a broiler pan.
  3. Pat thighs dry with a paper towel.
  4. Gently separate skin from thigh, without removing it completely from the corners.
  5. Place shallots and garlic under the skin.
  6. Sprinkle the skin with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until juices run clear.


To complete this dish, serve with a fresh salad, or your choice of lightly cooked vegetables.

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    1. Primal Newbie
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    2. Primal Newbie
      May 1, 2012

      We really liked this recipe. The only change I made was I cooked the chicken @ 350 degrees for 60 minutes. I don’t like to cook anything higher because I’ve heard that it’s unhealthy. I paired this up with the Cucumber and Tomato Salad which was really good as well.

    3. silverrose
      May 15, 2012

      I think the nutritional iformation is incorrect…I love this site!!!

    4. May 15, 2012

      Silverrose – yes, that indeed looks incorrect. We’ll fix immediately! Thank you for pointing that out. -Bill

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    6. LaraGaudry
      September 16, 2012

      Love this chicken, so easy, yet impressively delicious!

    7. zoe
      September 28, 2012

      I’ve made something very similar and very yummy for years, but with different seasoning. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, then put a bay leaf under each thigh. Bake at 350 for about an hour, or until skin is crispy and juices are clear. Sometimes I turn the heat up a little at the very end to crisp the skin better. Chicken just falls off the bone. Excellent with lots of fresh lemon juice.

    8. rebeccaking
      April 2, 2013

      I will definitely be trying this one! Thanks

    9. bpcurl
      April 25, 2013

      Just a quick question for clarification. My broiler pan is in two parts.
      The top is a slotted piece to allow the dripping of juices and fat. The bottom piece is just a large pan. Where are you putting the chicken? You say to put it in the pan, does that mean the bottom piece?

    10. laurenaraya1
      January 9, 2014

      This is the most similar recipe on here that resembles the baked chicken used in the wraps in your ’30 Day Guide to Cooking Paleo’ book, and I’ve got to say, DELISH. Seriously, it was the best baked chicken ever- it tasted sinful and fried but I know that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

      My husband always says thanks for dinner, but he was really enthusiastic about this chicken- “Thanks for dinner! It was great, we need to do that one again some time!” Yay for happy tummies and husbands.

      1. January 16, 2014

        Lauren: Glad you enjoyed it! It’s by far one of the easiest recipes for a quick dinnertime meal! Happy cooking!

    11. speedylenny
      June 2, 2015

      I am wondering what the reason is for washing the chicken thighs. I thought that washing meat increases the risk of spreading bacteria with the splashes coming off of the chicken.

      I’m planning to try this recipe tonight!

    12. raynedanser
      April 19, 2016

      I made this the other night and my family loved it! So quick and easy and good to go with nearly anything!

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