Four Ingredient Chicken Thighs

These crispy and juicy chicken thighs are a must-have in your dinner arsenal. With just four ingredients, they are guaranteed crispy and juicy every single time.

I don’t know what is but people really seem to LOVE chicken thighs. I actually didn’t love chicken thighs until more recently on my food journey because I always preferred the leg or the wing of the chicken. When I realized that not only were chicken thighs cheaper but they were also more versatile. What I really love about chicken thighs is that it’s really hard to mess them up. You can cook them slow or at a high temperature and nine times out of ten they will come out pretty decent. If you’re a home cook who’s just starting out, I highly recommend that you try to experiment with chicken thighs to get really comfortable with cooking chicken. You won’t break the bank and you’ll get plenty of practice creating some delicious chicken dishes. I wanted to figure out the most basic way to make chicken thighs and that’s really how I came up with this dish. What’s the least amount of effort that would yield the most amount of flavor–enter my four-ingredient chicken thighs.

Ingredients you’ll need for the four-ingredient chicken thighs:

4 organic bone-in chicken thighs
Drizzle of olive oil
2 tsp of kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp of Italian seasoning blend or herbs de provence

There are five ingredients listed including the chicken but I’m not counting the chicken just the added ingredients in order to make it!

How to make my four-ingredient chicken thighs from scratch:

  1. Clean and pat dry chicken thighs with paper towels and place on a plate or in a bowl
  2. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season chicken liberally with salt, pepper and herb de provence
  3. Massage the chicken with the seasonings being sure to get the seasoning all over the chicken thigh and under the skin
  4. To a cast iron skillet, add a drizzle of oil and pan-sear chicken thighs for 5 minutes per side
  5. Finish cooking the chicken thighs in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes until fully cooked through and internal temperature has registered 165 degrees F

Tools you’ll need to make my four-ingredient chicken thighs:

Cast Iron Skillet

Common questions

Can I make this in the air fryer instead?
Yes, you can, you don’t need to pan-sear it first and the cooking time might be faster depending on the air fryer. Start the cooking at 375 for the first 10 minutes and crank the heat to 400 for the last 10 minutes of cooking

Do I have to use chicken thighs?
Yes, it’s preferable to use chicken thighs for this method as other cuts of meat might dry out and also not have the same level of crispiness to the skin. White meat results will vary with this method.

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If you make these four-ingredient chicken thighs be sure to tag me at @asiliglamcooks on Instagram so that I can re-post.

Four Ingredient Chicken Thighs

These crispy and juicy chicken thighs are a must-have in your dinner arsenal. With just four ingredients, they are guaranteed crispy and juicy every single time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 organic bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning blend or herbs de provence

Instructions

  • Clean and pat dry chicken thighs with paper towels and place on a plate or in a bowl
  • Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season chicken liberally with salt, pepper and herb de provence
  • Massage the chicken with the seasonings being sure to get the seasoning all over the chicken thighs and under the skin
  • To a cast iron skillet, add a drizzle of oil and pan-sear chicken thighs for 5 minutes per side on medium high heat
  • Finish cooking the chicken thighs in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes until fully cooked through and internal temperature has registered 165 degrees F

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