This easy dinner recipe is the perfect dinner for kids. Baked chicken thighs are seasoned and baked, for a kid friendly chicken recipe that is easy on the wallet. A simple dinner idea your whole family will love.
Simple dinner recipes are ones I make over and over again. Especially healthy recipes for kids that my whole family enjoys, making mealtime a breeze.
Are you reading this because you have no idea what to serve tonight? I have been there way too many times. My solution? Stocking my freezer with inexpensive chicken thighs. These are always an easy dinner idea when I don’t really feel like cooking.
This kid friendly chicken thigh recipe is a go to meal at my home, and I’m sure it will become one of yours once you give it a try.
When you see chicken thighs on sale, stock up. You’ll never have to wonder what’s for dinner again!
For years I only bought and cooked chicken breasts. To be honest, I was a bit grossed out by the bones and actually didn’t eat meat from a bone for many years. Once I had kids and had to start feeding them, like 3 meals a day (ha ha) I started to get over my aversion to bone in chicken.
I found it to be a great move. My family loves chicken thighs and are very excited when they here that is what’s for dinner. When I’m short on time, I toss them in the crock pot for another family favorite meal. You can check the recipe here.
Why, as a dietitian, do I serve my family the dark meat of chicken? Well, dark meat often gets a bad rap.
Dark meat is actually high in healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to avocados. It is the skin of the chicken that you want to avoid.
I like to bake the chicken thighs with skin on, then take it off after cooking. The flavor you get by cooking with the skin on is worth it to me. If you want to cut back on calories and fat, simply remove the skin before cooking.
Chicken thighs are more cost-effective than chicken breasts. Bone in chicken is more flavorful as well.
Wondering how to bake bone in chicken thighs?
Bone in chicken thighs are simple to cook. Heat your over to 400 degrees, place the chicken thighs in a baking dish, season, and bake for 30 minutes, or to the internal temp of 165 degrees.
How to Defrost Chicken Thighs
A good tip for defrosting meat quickly is to put the meat in the sink with cold water. In order to do this, make sure the meat is in a leak proof plastic bag. Submerge the bag in cold water, changing every half hour. For 1 lb of meat, it should take about an hour. For more ways to safely thaw meat check out this article by the USDA.
Easy Baked Chicken Thighs
Easy Baked Chicken Thighs are an easy and delicious weeknight meal that your family is sure to enjoy. The perfect 30 minute dinner!
- 6-8 bone-in chicken thighs
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pat chicken thighs dry with paper toweling.
Place on baking pan.
Sprinkle seasonings onto chicken thighs. No need to measure, you can simply liberally sprinkle seasoning onto chicken.
Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.
For crisper skin, broil for 1-2 minutes, watching to not burn spices.
Thermometer should read 165 degrees when cooked.
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