Roasted Chicken thighs
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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Herb Butter

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One of the most simple cooking methods is roasting.

Roasting means to oven cook food, whether meats or vegetables, in a shallow uncovered pan.

This method usually produces a well-browned exterior and moist interior.

Temperatures for roasting are generally higher than for baking, and the pan must be uncovered so the food does not stew in its own juices.

Roasting basics

Another criterion for roasting is that it requires fat, either as part of the food like duck or added, like butter to potatoes.

Cuts of meat or poultry for roasting must be reasonably tender.

Tougher pieces are better prepared with moist cooking methods such as braising.

What happens in roasting?

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Direct infrared radiation from the oven’s hot walls also heats the food.

As the food browns, it generates new flavors and aromas.

Sugars in food lose water when heated, producing flavor.

I like thighs in this recipe because a chicken’s dark meat {the wings, thighs, and drumsticks} has a stronger and more complex flavor as compared to white meat.

Dark meat cuts come from muscles that use more oxygen and have more iron.

The iron is held in a protein called myoglobin, which gives it a darker color.

White meat cuts come from muscles that metabolize energy with less oxygen, so they have less myoglobin and are lighter in color.

Simple roasted chicken thighs

It is usually a very easy dinner and with the fresh herbs in this recipe, it is very refreshing and the chicken skin is so crispy.

This technique makes for easy cleanup.


Roasted Chicken thighs with mashed potatoesIngredients:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

2 garlic cloves minced

3 Tablespoons FRESH oregano, chopped

3 Tablespoons FRESH flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 Tablespoons FRESH chives, chopped

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon loosely packed lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Roasted Chicken Thighs on a RackPreheat oven to 425º.  Prepare a jelly roll baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and a wire rack, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, placed in the foil-lined pan.

In a small bowl, combine together the first 8 ingredients.  Make sure the butter has picked up all the herbs.

Loosen skin from each chicken thigh without totally detaching skin; spread butter mixture under the skin (I used my hands).  Replace skin;  brush thighs with the 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with desired salt and pepper.

Place thighs on the wire rack (sitting in jelly roll pan) with skin side up.

Bake at 425º for 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the chicken registers 165º.

LET CHICKEN STAND FOR 10 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING. This allows all those delicious juices to reabsorb back into the meat.

Goes great with mashed potatoes.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Herb Butter

For this extremely easy weeknight dinner, it is crucial you use BONE-IN, SKIN-ON chicken thighs. This recipe will not work with skinless cuts of chicken. Also, equally important is using fresh herbs and not dried ones.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thighs, roasting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 people


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter slightly softened
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh, chopped oregano
  • 3 Tbsp fresh, chopped parsley
  • 3 Tbsp fresh, chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp loosely packed lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp ground fresh black pepper
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF
  • Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and place a wire rack inside the baking sheet. Spray the wire rack with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine together the butter, garlic, herbs, lemon zest, and pepper. You may need to use a fork to incorporate the herbs into the butter.
  • Loosen the skin from each thigh, without detaching it from the chicken.
  • Spread the butter mixture under the skin, using your hands. Replace the skin.
  • Brush the exterior of the thighs with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Sprinkle desired salt and pepper on top of the chicken. Place the thighs on the wire rack with the skin side UP.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until an inserted meat thermometer indicates 165º.
  • Remove from oven and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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