This is the best baked chicken thigh recipe, period. The chicken thigh marinade is so delicious that you will be making it again and again. It's killer!
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: chicken marinade, chicken thigh marinade
Prep Time: 15minutes
Cook Time: 30minutes
Total Time: 45minutes
8bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs(about 4 lbs)
4Tbsplow sodium soy sauce
2Tbsplemon juice(or lime juice)
5Tbsphoney (or maple syrup)
½tspblack pepper(freshly ground)
2tspkosher salt(plus more to taste)
Mix all ingredients for the marinade together in a large bowl or a plastic Ziploc bag. Add the chicken and make sure that every piece is covered evenly. Marinate in a fridge for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours or, better yet, overnight.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the chicken and all of the marinade in a baking dish. Bake uncovered at 450 degrees F for 25-30 minutes with the skin side up, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. To make sure the chicken tops are nicely browned and do not dry out, baste the chicken thighs in the juices and marinade about 15-20 minutes into baking.
To get a nicely browned, crisped up skin, turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes when the thighs are almost done cooking. Monitor broiling very closely as the tops may burn if broiled for too long.