Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Boneless skinless chicken breasts seem to get allll the love these days. I get it, they’re cheap, they’re healthy, and they cook fast. Allow me to make a case for bone-in skin-on chicken thighs.

Yields: 6 Servings | Prep Time: 0 Hours 15 Mins | Total Time: 0 Hours 50 Mins

Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe


  • 3 lb. (6-8) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into rounds
  • 1 lb. baby potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towel and season all over with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together butter, garlic, lemon zest, and thyme. Rub butter mixture all over chicken thighs, including under the skin.
  3. Place lemon rounds, potatoes, and chicken thighs in a 9″-x-13″ baking dish and bake until thighs register 160°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 35 minutes. If you’d like the skin more crisp, broil on high for 1 to 2 minutes until golden.


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