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Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Easy roasted chicken thighs made with a simple and delicious dry rub of garlic, onion, paprika, cayenne, brown sugar, and nutmeg.


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (light or dark works)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine garlic, paprika, onion, cayenne, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Season all over with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle each thigh with a squeeze of lime juice and a splash of olive oil. Rub to coat
  4. Rub the dry rub into the tops of each chicken thigh until evenly but lightly coated. You can make additional rub if needed. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or in a cast-iron skillet and roast for 35-40 minutes or until internal temp reaches at least 165°F. Bone-in skin-on thighs will still be juicy and tender past 165°F. They will not dry out like chicken breast.
  5. The skin should be golden and crispy at this point however you can broil on high for 1-2 minutes for extra crisp. Watch carefully to prevent burning.


You can skip the brown sugar if you don’t have any or don’t want additional sugar. I’ve done both ways and it’s good either way. You can also make with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.


  • Serving Size: 1 thigh
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: .5g
  • Sodium: 232mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8g
  • Carbohydrates: .8g
  • Fiber: .1g
  • Protein: 25.2g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg

Keywords: roasted chicken thighs, easy chicken recipes


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