We eat a lot of chicken in this house and Oven Baked Marinated 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!
Easy Baked 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!
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!
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.
Once you’ve learned how to remove bones yourself you’ll never pay a premium for deboned chicken at the supermarket again. I have a handy guide for How to De-Bone a Chicken Thigh on the site for just this reason.
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.
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.
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.
The directions below are for baking marinated chicken thighs in the oven, but this chicken also works great on the grill.
Oven Baked Marinated Chicken Thighs
- 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
- 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!