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close up of crispy roasted chicken thighs on wire rack. fork on left

Crispy Roasted Chicken Thighs

Author: Janet Harlow
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
This recipe for roasting chicken thighs has only two ingredients and creates perfectly crispy, golden brown chicken skin.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Additional Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 45 mins


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • kosher salt preferred, Diamond Crystal brand is the best


  • Trim the excess skin and fat from the bottom of the thighs. A set of kitchen shears works really well for this task and eliminates the need for a cutting board.
  • Sprinkle a light coating of kosher salt on the bottom.
  • Flip them over and sprinkle a coating of salt on the skin.
  • Place a wire rack on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet and spread the thighs out on the rack, skin side up.
  • Refrigerate overnight or as long as 48 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
  • Roast the chicken on the middle rack in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Then turn the temp up to 400°F and roast 15-20 minutes more. The cooking time may vary based on the size of the chicken pieces. The best way to know if chicken is fully cooked is to use a probe thermometer. Insert into the thickest part of the thigh without hitting the bone. Chicken is safe to eat 165°F.
  • If the skin has not crisped to your liking, leave the pan on the middle rack and turn on the broiler. DO NOT WALK AWAY. The broiler works very quickly.
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