Recipe: Fast and Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Simplicity is the name of the game here. It’s meant to be a recipe for when you don’t want to cook.

  • 3 or 4 chicken thighs – I get mine ‘IQF’ – ‘Individually Quick Frozen’, which means I pull a bag out of the freezer, grab some thighs, and I’m done. Trader Joe’s has great thighs.
  • Olive oil
  • Poultry seasoning – this is a pre-mixed seasoning that prevent you from having to think about it. I used a Trader Joes no-salt version of the stuff
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 400. Place thighs on a cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray. Drizzle olive oil over the thighs, sprinkle a liberal amount of the seasoning over the olive-oil-covered thighs, then add a bit of salt.

Place in oven for 25 minutes. Optional: set oven to broil for 5-7 additional minutes.

Chicken thighs have more flavor than breasts because of the higher fat content. They also tend to be less dry. They are also typically cheaper, since the average person’s fear of fat keeps the cost of thighs down.

The flavor can sometimes be a bit…strong, for lack of a better word, but this way of preparing them gave them a terrific flavor.

Safe for induction, a great meal for folks just starting Atkins, and a nearly idiot-proof recipe. The only thing that can go wrong is that you forget to turn off the oven and burn down the house.

I can’t help you there.

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Fast and Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

  1. I like to do something similar–I use just a bit of salt, then garlic powder, white pepper and black pepper. I also use sesame oil rather thn olive oil.
    I find the sesame oil and white pepper both add a great flavor.
    If you are into sesame oil it’s worth a visit to an Asian grocery. In the regular store sesame oil is ridiculously overpriced and and worse is often sold as a blend, with canola oil mixed in. Ugh.
    I like Kadoya brand from Japan.

    • Oh, I’m ‘into’ sesame oil, Gene. It sounds like a nice and simple variation. In the coming year I want to pay more attention to the flavors of the foods I eat, and this is a good, and simple idea for mixing things up a bit. Thanks for posting.

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