Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

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Crispy Oven Baked Chicken with juicy meat and a crisp, flavorful skin can be on your dinner table with about 5 minutes worth of effort.

This crispy chicken is made in the oven without any breading at all; the only ingredients you need are the chicken, a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper.

Juicy chicken thighs with a crisp and flavorful skin can be on your dinner table with 5 minutes worth of effort! recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I am absolutely beside myself to have finally recreated our favorite chicken recipes, without the mess on the stove-top and with minimal cleanup.

I’ve been making these Pan Fried Chicken Thighs and Pan Fried Italian Chicken Thighs at least once a month ever since I first made them several years ago. The recipes are crazy easy and my whole family loves pan-fried chicken. (Who doesn’t?!)

If you haven’t tried that very simple cooking method yet, you should, because you simply have to taste it to understand how amazing a single piece of chicken can be.

Over the past few years, I’ve tried a few different methods to recreate that flavor and crispiness in the oven and I am giddy to have finally nailed it.

I’m dubbing this the easiest dinner recipe ever because it requires no prep, no marinade, no special anything at all in advance.

How To Make Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

Grab your chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake. Seriously. That’s all the effort it requires.

Once you have that chicken in the oven, I highly recommend taking just FIVE minutes to stir together a batch of Corn Pudding. Pop it in the oven and it will be ready when the chicken is. You’ll have dinner ready to go all at once and your family is sure to love it!

You’ve literally just gifted yourself an hour to crash on the couch, read a book, watch a show, and in general ignore everything else; while the chicken sizzles in the oven and fills the house with delicious smells.

This Oven Baked Crispy Chicken will fool everyone into thinking you are actively cooking dinner. It sounds too good to be true, but the chicken really is amazing without anything extra needed at all!

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken is juicy and flavorful with almost no effort at all! recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Chicken Recipes

Want a few more dinner ideas that require almost no effort at all? This Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner is an all in one meal that family and friends all rave about every time they make it.

Southwest Chicken Salad with Spicy BBQ Ranch Dressing is a fantastic salad that is sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.

Chinese Beef and Broccoli Soup by The Food Charlatan comes together in minutes and this Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Potatoes by Taste and Tell is a kid-favorite that requires little more than slicing the potatoes.

These Stir Fry Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables happen in my kitchen on a regular basis. Once you’ve tried them, they’re going to be on regular rotation for you too.

This Southwest Beef and Potato Skillet by Aggie’s Kitchen is on regular rotation in my house as well. I LOVE the easy weeknight dinners.

Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking tray or half sheet pan with foil and place all the chicken pieces on it, skin side down.

  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and flip each piece skin side up. Drizzle about a teaspoon of oil over the skin on each piece of chicken and rub lightly to coat. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake for one hour, until most of the fat has rendered out of the chicken and the skin is golden brown and crisp.

  4. Remove from the oven and let rest about 5 minutes before serving.

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Oven Baked Crispy Chicken

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Juicy chicken thighs with a crisp and flavorful skin can be on your dinner table with about 5 minutes worth of effort. This crispy chicken is made in the oven without any breading at all!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 6 - 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: ground paprika and/or granulated garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking tray or half sheet pan with foil and place all the chicken pieces on it, skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and flip each piece skin side up. Drizzle about a teaspoon of oil over the skin on each piece of chicken and rub lightly to coat. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for one hour, until most of the fat has rendered out of the chicken and the skin is golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and let rest about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal · Carbohydrates: 1g · Protein: 23g · Fat: 29g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Cholesterol: 142mg · Sodium: 499mg · Potassium: 296mg · Vitamin A: 113IU · Calcium: 12mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 10/9/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/3/19}

Oven Baked Crispy Chicken - with just 5 minutes effort! Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Joseph says

    My wife always made oven fried chicken for me which was one of my favorites. After I lost her to cancer I have tried to replicate her recipe but could never quite nail it. Now I know what I was doing wrong … no flour or coating is needed. I only added some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to this recipe and BAM! Just like she made minus the love.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I love this so much, Joseph. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the chicken and that you have such a beautiful memory of your wife making something similar.

  2. Shannon says

    I tried this recipe…soo simple and it came out crispy and juicy….I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for sharing your recipe.5 stars

  3. Shirley Brewer says

    This recipe says put chicken skin side down then turn and season And oil Skin side up so do you cook it skin side down or skin side up ?

  4. Terri Archambault says

    Wondering if I can use this recipe to oven roast an entire chicken. If so how long would I cook it? Would it still be at 400 degrees?

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Terri! This isn’t the best method for oven roasting, as the times definitely will be different. If you search “oven roast whole chicken” on the site though, you’ll see tips for doing just that.

    • Mary Younkin says

      This particular recipe and the lengthy cooking time relies on bone-in chicken with the skin (the skin is the crispy portion.) There are several oven-baked, broiled, and stove-top recipes here for boneless chicken though.

  5. Carolina says

    These are a fave in our household. Everyone thought I was slaving in the kitchen for hours. I put these in oven with your baked potato recipe and they both turned out delicious. So yummy.5 stars

  6. Catherine says

    The easiest, tastiest, crispiest and beautifully moist chicken ever – served hot or at room temperature.. A firm family favorite!!5 stars

  7. Samantha says

    Delightfully easy and delicious! I just used Lawry’s for seasoning. I baked the whole chicken, cut up, and removed the smaller parts earlier. I could have been making this my whole life! Well time to turn over a new leaf. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  8. lu states says

    i want to cook this tonight, but wonder how to cook the corn pudding ( 350* oven ) at the same time as the chicken ( 400* oven ) ? i am a lousy cook so i can’t ” wing ” it like most cooks. thanks !

    • Mary Younkin says

      I would probably compromise and cook both at 375. Watch the corn pudding for doneness a few minutes early and know that the chicken might need a few extra minutes bumped up to the higher temp at the end. Enjoy!

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