Easy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

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We eat a lot of chicken in this house and Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are one of my favorite ways to cook it. These are flavorful and tender marinated chicken thighs that can be cooked on the grill or baked oven. 

With a little pre-planning, these chicken thighs make a great weeknight meal.

My oldest son has also compared the taste to that of his favorite restaurant chicken dish, which makes this “fancy” tasting enough for a special occasion meal too, in my book!

Juicy Flavorful Oven Baked Chicken is EASY!

Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Skinless chicken thighs soak up all the flavor of this tangy, savory marinade. The marinade itself is a simple blend of soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and spices.

After whisking all the ingredients together, you pour the marinade over your boneless skinless chicken thighs and let it marinate.

The more time you can devote to marinating the chicken thighs, the better the flavor will be.

I’ve made this chicken many different times now and marinating the chicken for the full 24 hours makes a big difference in the flavor for this recipe. 

While the chicken technically takes 24 hours to prepare, nearly all of that time is completely hands-off.

Start the chicken marinating on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll have yourself a delicious Monday night dinner!

Chicken Marinade - for chicken that is loaded with flavor!

Boneless Chicken Thighs

Boneless chicken thighs are often easier to prepare and eat than chicken with the bone-in. If you buy your chicken boneless from the store, you pay for that convenience.

You can save on that price difference by learning to de-bone chicken at home! I have a handy guide for How to De-Bone a Chicken Thigh on the site for just this reason.

Removing bones from chicken thighs is a handy skill to have even if you do usually opt to buy your chicken already de-boned. It’s easy to master and allows the chicken to cook faster, ultimately saving you time.

24 hour chicken marinade is a game changer!

Chicken Thigh Cooking Time

The trickiest part of cooking chicken is always knowing exactly how much time it takes until it’s done.

When I was first learning to cook, this is what I worried about the most. Too much time in the oven can leave you with tough, dry, chewy chicken while too little time can have serious food safety risks.

With this recipe, I recommend leaving the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 minutes to start.

If the juices run clear, the chicken is done. If they’re not clear yet, leave the chicken thighs in the oven for another 5 – 10 minutes, checking on them every few minutes.

Keep in mind that chicken thighs don’t turn white when they’re fully cooked so you do need to keep an eye on those juices.

When in doubt, reach for your meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit when fully cooked.

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Oven-Baked Chicken

I love pan-fried chicken and grilled chicken, but oven-baked chicken is so easy, versatile and delicious that it’s one of the most frequent meals I make for my family. These Marinated Chicken Thighs are juicy, tender, and full of rich, savory, tangy flavor.

If you like your chicken crispy it’s possible to get those results from oven cooking, too.

Oven Baked Crispy Chicken has the crispiness and flavor of frying without any time spent over the stove. This Crunchy Baked Chicken is a healthier and easier (but just as delicious) take on crispy crunchy fried chicken legs that’s unbelievably good.

When I want the essence and taste of barbecue but don’t have time or energy (or the right weather) to fire up the grill, I love to make Oven Broiled Chicken with BBQ Sauce.

For an Asian take on marinated oven baked chicken, try this Sticky Asian Chicken. It features a super easy marinade of just four ingredients that’s just perfect for busy weeknight meals.

Winner winner chicken dinner in very little time!

There are so many tasty ways to make baked chicken, but these Marinated Chicken Thighs are near the top of the list for sure.

You can find my full guide to different recipes for Baked Chicken Thighs here

And for a whole new way to cook chicken, try these Instant Pot Chicken Thighs.

This chicken pairs well with just about any side dish. I served it with Roasted Red Potatoes and Sauteed Summer Squash, Bell Peppers and Onions and my entire family enjoyed the whole meal.

The directions below are for baking marinated chicken thighs in the oven, but this chicken also works great on the grill. 

Juicy, flavorful chicken thighs have never been easier to cook!

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Oven Baked Marinated Chicken Thighs

These are flavorful and tender oven baked chicken thighs that can be cooked on the grill or in the oven.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Marinade Time: 1 d
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs

Instructions

  • Whisk together everything except the chicken for the marinade. Place the chicken into a gallon size ziploc bag and then pour the marinade over it. Place in the refrigerator and let it marinate for 24 hours. Turn the bag over a couple times throughout the day, to ensure that everything is covered in marinade.
  • When you are ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and then place the chicken thighs on the foil. Bake for 25-35 minutes, checking every few minutes after 25. Chicken thighs will not turn white, so determine whether it is done cooking by when the juices are clear. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal · Carbohydrates: 8g · Protein: 36g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 161mg · Sodium: 1998mg · Potassium: 704mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 3g · Vitamin A: 59IU · Vitamin C: 9mg · Calcium: 55mg · Iron: 4mg
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{originally posted 6/17/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 3/9/20}

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  1. Bryan says

    350 for 35 mins?? Are you crazy that will be pink around the bone.. 350 50 mins – 1 hr comes out perfect every time..

    • Mary says

      This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs, which will be completely cooked through in the designated time, Bryan. However, if you choose to use bone-in chicken thighs (a delicious choice as well) then yes, they will need to cook for 1 hour.

  2. Kit White says

    I think this looks tasty but was flabbergasted at the sodium and other nutrition content. I think you ran it through the app but didn’t take into account that when eating the chicken, we would not be consuming all of the marinade. I’m on a salt restricted diet and hope you can give me some idea of what the nutrition would really be once the chicken it taken out of the marinade.

    • Mary Younkin says

      I honestly can’t say, Kit. You’d only consume a very small portion of the marinade, but I don’t have a way to adjust the recipe’s nutritional information to show that. Thanks for your comment though, as I just realized that I didn’t have a number of servings in the recipe card.

  3. Judy Ann says

    This marinade sounds so good, but we really prefer chicken breasts. Could it possibly be done with white meat?