Oven Roasted Greek Chicken Thighs: These Greek Chicken Thighs are a simple variation on how to bake chicken with a flavor punch. With a little planning, and very little effort, you will get a flavorful, and delicious chicken dinner. Baked thighs are moist, tender, and juicy, and when marinated in these greek herbs and spices, they are flavorful and delicious.
Dinner time the craziest time of the day am I right? Homework and practices and then everyone being tired doesn’t cultivate a happy slide into bedtime. The chaos of those dinner hours usually means getting into a meal time rut with the end of day grind is easy to do. Oven baked chicken thighs is classic, one of my back pocket recipes. It is quick, easy, hard to ruin, and perfect along side a salad. And by throwing the thighs into a Greek chicken marinade the night before, you will will pump up the flavor. Yum.
I may not be Greek, but boy do I love greek food! I look forward each year to the Salt Lake Greek festival to eat the creamy, zinggy food and pretend it was my Ya-ya that made it for me. Of course it makes me want to come home and try my hand at some authentic greek chicken recipes. Chicken thigh recipes, oven baked, are not usually as flavorful as I want, which is why I love this one, you get an easy weeknight winner that has enough flavor to satisfy.
How long do you cook chicken thighs for in the oven?
Baked chicken thigh recipes can vary all over the board about times and temperatures, but only human thighs should ever hear the phrase “feel the burn,” so how long you cook chicken thighs in the oven can depend on a few different factors.
- Of course your oven. How well it holds heat, if it is convection or not, etc.
- The temperature you cook at.
- If you are using boneless chicken thighs or bone in.
- How big your pieces are.
Regardless of any factors though, 165º is the internal temperature you want. So…
How long do you cook chicken thighs in the oven at 400 degrees?
You’ll want to cook these oven roasted chicken thighs uncovered, skin side up for 35-45 minutes. This’ll let the fat soak down into the meat and baste them as they cook, and the results will be tasty and moist.
The fat melting is called rendering and when this happens you get a delicious pieces of chicken with a crispy skin, instead of a rubbery, fatty piece sitting on top of your chicken thigh.
How long do you cook chicken thighs in the oven at 350?
Another common baking temperature is 350º. If you are running short on time you can also foil over top these oven roasted chicken thighs and bake them until the internal temperature reaches 25-35 minutes. It is a lower time at a lower temperature, but the foil helps to trap the heat, and leads to a faster cooking, but they won’t brown.
Remember they wont be as crispy and you’ll need to watch them to make sure they don’t dry out. I suggest using an instant read meat thermometer to monitor the cooking temperature, and insure you pull them out at 165 degrees.
The good news is chicken thighs have more natural moisture than breasts, and are harder to ruin.
How long do I bake chicken legs and thighs?
This is also a common question asked. And I can understand why, why discriminate when you can add some delicious drumsticks to your baked chicken thigh recipes? Because chicken legs come from the same part of the bird its the same as cooking with just the thighs, except maybe with a little extra kick…. heh see what I did there? Drumstick… leg… kick… ahem. Anyway on to the recipe. Just remember, check that internal temperature for a perfectly juicy and delicious chicken dinner!
Tips for Oven Baked Greek Chicken Thighs
- Give your chicken time to marinade. This marinade is made up of amazing Greek inspired herbs and spice, lemon, olive oil, etc. It is going to infuse flavor into your chicken, but only if you give it enough time. So plan on a minimum of 3 hours, but up to 24 hours. I love being able to toss the chicken in the chicken marinade the night before, and thus all the prep work is done before the chicken goes into the oven.
- Consider searing the exterior of the chicken before putting into your baking dish. This will help speed up the process of rendering the fat, and giving you a crispy exterior. Just be careful not to burn the chicken.
- Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon, and serve with a Greek inspired salad!
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Oven Roasted Greek Chicken Thighs
- 2 lbs chicken thighs
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs minced garlic
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbs red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp each: dried basil dried thyme, crushed rosemary, salt
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 ½ tsp dijon mustard
- Whisk together all of the Marinade ingredients in a bowl. Reserve 1/2 a cup.
- Pour marinade into a large freezer bag and add chicken.
- Marinate 4-8 hours.
- Remove chicken from fridge and let sit at room temperature 20-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Use cooking spray or olive oil and coat the inside of a baking dish.
- Place the chicken pieces in a single layer, without extra liquid.
- Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until chicken reaches internal temp of 160 degrees
- Remove chicken from oven, and turn oven on to broil.
- Pour reserved marinade over the top of the chicken thighs.
- Return to oven heated to Broil on high.
- Broil for 3-4 minutes on high to crisp up skin, and turn it a golden brown.
- Rest 5 minutes before serving.
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