Baking Chicken Thighs in the Oven



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Can I make air fryer chicken drumsticks or legs instead?


Yes! Just keep in mind their cooking time will not be the same as chickenthighs.

How to make skillet chicken thighs (step-by-step photos):


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet, and cook boneless skinlesschicken thighs (seasoned with salt and pepper) on one side for 5 minutes: Flip the chicken thighs to the other side and cook for 5 more minutes: Remove the chicken, add tomato sauce, minced garlic, and heavy cream. Stir tocombine. Add spinach and basil. Cook the sauce until the spinach wilts. Taste the sauce and add salt andpepper, if needed.Add the cooked boneless skinless chicken thighs back to the skillet, reheatthe sauce with the chicken in it. Make sure the chicken is completely cookedthrough and no longer pink in the center.Spoon the sauce over the cooked chicken.

How long to cook chicken thighs in the air fryer?


The time will depend on the following factors: * The weight/size of your chicken thighs: larger thighs take more time to cook. The reason why is important that you choose pieces with similar size/weight. You don’t want to either undercook or overcook them! * The temperature that you cook them in the air fryer: The highest the temperature, the quickest to cook. If they are skin-on, they will get crispier too especially if you air fry them skin side down first. It will render the fat without browning too much while sealing the juices in. * Whether they are boneless or bone-in: for example, at 390° F (220° C) thawed 6-ounce boneless chicken thighs take about 8-10 minutes to cook; while bone-in 6 to 8-ounce thighs take around 18-22 minutes. * Whether the thighs are frozen or thawed: frozen chicken thighs take about double the time to cook compared to defrosted thighs. In either case, chicken is ready when it reaches an internal temp of 160°-165° F (71°-74° C)

How do you keep chicken thighs from drying out in the oven?


For baked thighs with crispy skin outside and juicy meat inside, be sure topat the chicken dry with paper towels and spritz it with a tiny bit of oliveoil. Also, use bone-in chicken with skin to get the juiciest thighs. Bonelessthighs tend to get dried out faster.In addition, do not forget to bake them with the skin side up on a sheet panat a high temperature, and do not flip them or move them as they cook. If youwant, you can sear the meat first on a hot skillet to make it extra crispyoutside. The crispy skin will keep the moisture inside.

Will boneless skinless chicken thighs in the air fryer get crispy?


No if they are skinless. The reason is obvious: without skin there isn’t muchto crisp! If you want crispy chicken thighs, skin on is the way to go!

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