Crispy Chicken Thighs
Crispy and juicy, chicken thighs are a timeless comfort food for families around the world. There is nothing better than biting into a crunchy, well-seasoned piece of a juicy and tender chicken thigh. But, don’t let the deliciousness of chicken thighs leave you intimidated. Making crispy chicken thighs at home doesn’t need to be as difficult as it sounds. With a bit of patience and the right preparation, you can transform basic chicken thighs into something truly delicious.
Whether you’re seeking comfort food or looking to ditch the unhealthy take-out, this simple but flavorful crispy chicken thigh recipe will have even the pickiest of eaters singing your praises. Rich and crispy chicken thighs are cooked to perfection in a flavorful blend of spices and a hint of citrus, accompanied by a savory side dish of rice. Let’s take a look at how you can make these delectable little clouds of juicy, crispy goodness.
Putting together the marinade
The marinade is the foundation of this dish and is the seasoning that will give the chicken thighs their flavor. Take your time when putting together the marinade ingredients. First, combine the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and chili powder in a bowl.
Mix them together until the mixture is fully blended and starts to thicken. Add the Paprika, Cumin, Oregano, and Salt, mixing into the mixture until evenly blended.
Once the marinade is complete, you can begin to prep the chicken thighs. Pat the thighs dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Then, place the chicken thighs in a non-reactive container, such as a glass or ceramic bowl, pour the marinade over them, and toss to make sure the marinade is evenly distributed. Refrigerate the thighs for about an hour to allow the marinade to seep into the meat.
Getting ready to cook
Once the chicken thighs have been properly marinated, you can begin prepping for the cooking process. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare a sheet pan or baking dish with a light coating of cooking spray or a tablespoon of olive oil. You can either bake the chicken thighs directly on the pan or in the baking dish.
Take the chicken thighs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. As the oven is heating up, place the chicken thighs on the sheet pan or baking dish.
Ready to cook
Once you have the chicken thighs and marinade on the sheet pan or baking dish, place the chicken thighs in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork.
After the chicken thighs have finished cooking in the oven, pull them out and set aside. If you haven’t done so already, prepare a side dish of rice, or whatever starch complements the flavor of the chicken best.
Presenting the finished dish
As you are plating the chicken thighs, top each one with a sprinkle of the chopped parsley or chopped cilantro to garnish the dish. Serve the thighs with a side of rice and a pinch of lemon juice to enhance the flavor.
Now you can sit back and enjoy a perfectly cooked piece of crispy, flavorful chicken. The marinated juices had a chance to seep