Easy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs with Perfectly Crispy Skin

In the springtime our schedule gets a little bit nuts. Actually, it’s a lot nuts.

My husband is a varsity lacrosse coach for a local high school, which means some weeks he’s home around 7:30 p.m., and other weeks he’s not home until 10:00 p.m. or later. This makes cooking a family dinner kind of interesting. By “interesting” I mean challenging. And by “challenging” I mean impossible.

Easy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

Unless we wanted to live like the families in The Night Circus. Or if we wanted to live like vampires. Except I’m not sure that either lifestyle would mesh well with the kids’ school and our day jobs. So instead I’ve been trying to cook meals that the kids and I can eat together, but will also save well for a late night re-heat for the husband.

Or, on days where he’s home a little earlier I’ll feed the kids first and then the two of us will eat our dinner together, later. By “together” I mean me in the living room, and him down in the man cave. I wanted to clarify the “together” part in case you thought we were the romantic type that ate together by candlelight at the dining room table once the kids were in bed.

Because we’re not that type at all. Actually, I’m not. He is. It’s a little backwards, I know. But it works for us. Most of the time.

Here’s a simple favorite that reheats well. I like to pair it with creamy buttered mashed potatoes, and steamed corn. Mmmm….

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Easy Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs with Perfectly Crispy Skin
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Serves: 4
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet and drizzle them generously with olive oil. Sprinkle each chicken thigh with garlic salt, pepper and parsley.
  2. Bake for 50 minutes, until the skin is golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. Anonymous says

    First time I made thighs. Used this recipe and they were delish!! The while family loved them, thank you!!

  2. Saph@frugalwifeblog says

    Forgot to say this is going on my rotation of dinner recipes! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. David says

    Reheats yes, stays crispy no. Very good ( and crispy ) right out of the oven. Pairs well with garlic mashed potatoes.

  4. vetsmomrgv says

    Heck, we leave on the skin most of the time… looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.
    Gonna pin and use it next week, I found a pack of legs on quick sale last week and my hubby has been begging for fried chicken!

  5. kia says

    Great easy recipe. Thanks! I also get the funky schedule messing with family meal time. We juggle here and plan for it accordingly every week.

    • (a)Musing Foodie says

      Kia – as the kids get older, I only see it getting crazier! Goal is to eat most dinners as a family, with the reality that it’s not always possible (and that’s okay too).

  6. says

    Oh, gosh, you get it! It can be close to impossible to juggle my husband’s work & military schedules with Superkiddo’s homework & extracurricular activities. I typically eat with the kiddo, get him bathed, and put to bed. Then I steal bites from the hubby’s salad plate when he gets home. :) I cherish weekends when we can all finally eat together.

    I think that my family will love this recipe; I am adding it to our list for next week.

    • (a)Musing Foodie says

      Let me know what you think! My daughter doesn’t like the skin, so she takes it off – which leaves more crispiness for the rest of us! :-)


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