Made using only 5 easy ingredients, these garlic butter chicken thighs are super crispy on the outside, juicy inside, and loaded with butter and garlic flavor.
With only 5 minutes of prep, these chicken thighs are flavorful and super easy to make without needing cooking skills. Great for meal prep and extremely versatile, they can be paired with many side dishes to create a complete meal.
If you are looking for a quick way to prepare dinner, this garlic butter chicken thighs recipe is what you need. Made in only one pan and loaded with delicious flavors, it’s a mess-free recipe that you can make ahead of time for those busy days.
So if you want something easy and tasty to prepare but also healthy and with ingredients that are easy to find, this recipe for chicken thighs is for you.
Why Are You Going To Love This Recipe
- It’s a super easy and quick-to-make recipe.
- Loaded with delicious butter and garlic flavors.
- The skin is super crispy, and the meat is juicy.
- Perfect for making it ahead of time.
- Made using only 5 ingredients.
- It pairs great with many side dishes recipes.
Ingredients For These Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
You will need only a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry to create these delicious garlic butter chicken thighs. Here is a list with everything you need:
- Chicken Thighs – you will need bone-in skin-on chicken thighs.
- Salt&Pepper – to taste. But you can also add your favorite seasonings.
- Olive Oil – feel free to replace it with any other vegetable oil.
- Butter – use unsalted butter; if you choose to use salted one, pay attention to the amount of salt you are using.
- Garlic – fresh minced garlic is the best for this recipe.
- Parsley – you will need fresh chopped parsley for garnish.
How To Make These Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
Another great thing about this recipe is that it is extremely easy to make without needing cooking skills. Here is everything you have to do:
- Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees C.
- Prepare the chicken. Wash your chicken thighs and pat dry them using paper towels.
- Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
- Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chicken thighs to the pan with the skin side down. Cook them for 5 minutes or until crispy.
- Flip your chicken over, add the butter and the minced garlic. Cook for another 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, transfer the cast iron skillet into the oven, and bake the chicken thighs for 25-30 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh parsley, and enjoy!!
Tips&Variations For Making The Best Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
- Pat dry your chicken thighs to prevent them from getting soggy instead of crispy.
- Try using chicken thighs almost the same size to ensure they cook evenly.
- Brush some hot sauce on the chicken thighs or add chili flakes for some added spice.
- Don’t overcrowd the cast iron skillet; cook them in a single layer with some space between them.
Another great thing about this recipe is that the chicken thighs are filled with protein and can be paired with many side dishes recipes. Here are some of my favorite options:
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Crispy Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Creamed Spinach And Mushrooms
- Garlic Butter Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
- Easy Air Fryer Asparagus
- Sauteed Eggplant Recipe
- Easy Fried Cabbage
- Fridge – you can store these garlic butter chicken thighs in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Freezer – You can also freeze these chicken thighs in the freezer in an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
To reheat them, you can use the oven or microwave them for 3 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Tell If My Chicken Thighs Are Ready?
To check if the chicken thighs are ready, you can use a meat thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the meat. If the thermometer reaches 165F, then your chicken thighs are done cooking.
But if you don’t have a meat thermometer cook your chicken thighs until all the chicken juices are clear and not pink around the bone.
Chicken Breast Vs. Chicken Thighs
The main difference between chicken breast and chicken things is the fat content. As you probably already know, fat significantly enhances flavor, which explains why thighs are more flavorful than breasts.
What Should I Do If I Don’t Have A Cast Iron Skillet?
There is no problem; you can use a regular nonstick skillet for cooking your chicken thighs for 5 minutes until crispy. Then transfer everything to a sheet dish and cook in the oven.
More Chicken Recipes
- Instant Pot Chicken Breast
- Baked Chicken Legs
- Easy Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe
- Marry Me Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
- 5 chicken thighs skin on and bone in
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup butter
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- fresh parsley chopped
- Preheat your oven to 400F/200C degrees.
- Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel and season them with salt and black pepper.
- Add the olive oil to a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Arrange the chicken thighs skin-side down and cook them for 4 minutes on each side until the skin is golden and crispy.
- Remove any extra fat using a spoon.
- Then add the butter and minced garlic to the same skillet. Cook everything for 1 more minute until the garlic is tender.
- Transfer the whole skillet to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken thighs get an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and cover the chicken thighs with garlic butter sauce.
- Garnish with fresh parsley, and enjoy!!
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.