Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes

Find healthy, delicious baked chicken thigh recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Sheet-Pan Garlic-Soy Chicken & Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy dish comes together quickly and is cooked all on one baking sheet. Putting the pan in the oven while it preheats makes it hot enough to lightly sear the chicken and vegetables, adding texture and flavor and also reducing the cook time. Chicken thighs emerge from the oven succulent and coated in the savory sauce (with less salt because of the low-sodium soy sauce) and fragrant from the garlic, ginger and scallions. We recommend serving this with brown rice or whole-wheat noodles.
By Carolyn Casner

Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs with Carrots & Broccoli

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
In this easy and healthy dinner recipe, sweet and savory baked honey-garlic chicken thighs come with a side of veggies that cook on the same sheet pan as the chicken. The honey-soy-garlic marinade for the chicken does double duty as an irresistible sauce to drizzle over everything. Lining your baking sheet with foil will protect your pan from the sticky honey-soy-garlic sauce, so cleanup will be a breeze too. If you can't find small carrots, cut medium carrots in half lengthwise.
By Sarah Epperson

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Casseroles make perfect meal-prep dinners--this enchilada version is so easy to prep ahead. The whole casserole can be built and left to hang out in the refrigerator for up to three days. Then all you have to do is bake it off on a busy night and you have a healthy dinner on the table in a jiff. The quick homemade enchilada sauce in this recipe is great when you don't have any of the canned sauce on hand--just season crushed tomatoes with spices and salt for an instant enchilada sauce.
By Katie Webster

Skillet Lemon Chicken & Potatoes with Kale

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
This easy one-pan skillet-roasted lemon chicken is perfect for weeknight dinners. Juicy chicken thighs are cooked in the same pan as baby potatoes and kale for a satisfying meal with the added bonus of minimal cleanup.
By Carolyn Casner

Garlic-Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Garlic and brown sugar meld to balance out this deeply savory (and deeply simple) sauce for succulent chicken thighs. Low-sodium chicken broth and reduced-sodium soy sauce keep it flavor-rich yet less salty. If some of the sauce spreads on your plate into some brown rice or green veggies, all the better.
By Carolyn Casner

Parmesan Chicken & Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4 stars 1
Parmesan and breadcrumbs combine for a crispy chicken topping without having to go through the full dredging process.
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By Joy Howard

Skillet Honey-Lemon Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 1
Moist chicken thighs, tender potatoes and a bright honey-lemon sauce cook together in this flavorful one-pan dinner. It's tasty enough for company, yet easy enough for a weeknight.
By Julia Levy

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
In this healthy chicken recipe, paprika-rubbed chicken thighs are nestled into Brussels sprouts and shallots and roasted on a sheet pan in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. As the chicken thighs roast, the garlicky drippings flavor the Brussels sprouts and shallots. Delicious one-pan cooking! Smoked paprika adds a touch of smoky flavor--look for it at well-stocked supermarkets or in the bulk-spice section at natural-foods markets. Regular paprika can be used in its place, but doesn't add the hint of smoke.
By Breana Killeen

Chicken, Avocado & Quinoa Bowls with Herb Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 3
Arrange the toppings individually on these protein-packed grain bowls so each bite has a contrasting taste and texture. Make big batches of the salad dressing, quinoa and roasted chicken thighs and you'll have healthy meal-prep lunches or dinners for days. Though the chicken thighs take just 15 minutes to prep, you can also make the salads with leftover chicken or store-bought cooked chicken to make prep even faster.
By Katie Webster

Easy Sesame Chicken with Green Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Sweet-salty hoisin sauce and nutty sesame team up in this easy meal that's cooked on one baking sheet. Serve this sesame chicken with brown rice and sliced cucumbers, drizzled with sesame oil and rice vinegar.
By Hilary Meyer

Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus

Curry powder is a powerhouse ingredient because it combines a medley of flavorful spices—usually turmeric, fenugreek, coriander and peppers—all in one jar. Increase the heat in this dish by using a hot or red curry powder.
By Hilary Meyer

Lemon-Garlic Dump Chicken Thighs with Broccoli

This fuss-free dinner is as easy as dumping chicken thighs, veggies and sauce in a baking dish! As the chicken cooks it adds flavor to the sauce that thickens while it cooks and softens the vegetables.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

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The roasted chicken and vegetables in these recipes get a punch of flavor from lively sauces, rubs and marinades.
Chicken Tinga Tostadas
These chicken tinga tostadas are topped with cotija cheese for a salty bite, while cilantro adds a pop of flavor and color.
Cauliflower Chicken Curry
Rating: 5 stars 1

Yogurt combined with spices coats cauliflower and chicken thighs in this Indian-inspired curry. The longer you marinate the chicken and cauliflower, the richer the taste, but even 20 minutes of marinating time will give you great results. Smoked paprika adds a more complex flavor, but regular paprika works well too. Serve this saucy dish with brown rice to complete the meal.