Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

We love chicken thighs for their dark meat that is tender and juicy. They are also very inexpensive and easy to make, just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe for Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

By massaging the garlic and ranch seasoning well into the meat, the chicken thighs come out so flavorful that people are often surprised that this amount of flavor can come out even though no marinating was involved.

Even though this recipe is simpler than simple, I do want to share some easy ways that you can ensure that these are going to be the best Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs you’ve ver had! Let’s answer some commonly asked questions surrounding baked chicken thighs…

Should I bake frozen chicken thighs?
While theoretically you can, but it doesn’t mean you should. Whenever you bake, cook or roast meat you want the meat to be at room temperature so that it cooks evenly and does not dry out.

What temperature to bake chicken thighs at?

I like to bake the at 500F the first 15 minutes to lock in all the juices, then continue cooking at a lower temperature. If you would rather go the simple route, just bake at 400F for 1 hour.

How long to bake chicken thighs?
The bake time will range between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken thighs and the temperature you choose to bake at. Many sources state that cooking time for baked chicken thighs is around 30 minutes. But, if you want something you can bite off the bone and not something you will need to use a knife for, bake the chicken thighs for around 1hour.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

How to make sure the skin is crispy?
Moisture is the root of all evil  limpy skin. Before you season the chicken thighs use a paper towels to pat dry all moisture off the chicken thighs.

How to reduce calories of Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs recipe?
There are several ways you can reduce calorie amount in this recipe. First one – remove all skin, and trim all fat off chicken thighs before baking. Second one – use buttermilk in place of oil or mayo to help the seasoning stick to the meat.

How to know when chicken is cooked? 
Safe eating temperature for chicken is 165F. To check the temperature, insert an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone. Also, when the chicken is pierced with a knife, the juices should run clear. 

And there you have it! Now you know all you need to know to make the best Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs, or any other baked chicken thighs, possible!

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

Can I use Chicken Breast instead? 

Yes, you can use chicken breast with the same kind of seasoning. For chicken breast, bake at 420F for 20min, or until the internal temperature reaches 160F.

Can I use Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs in this recipe? 

Yes, that would work too. The baking time would decrease by about 10-15 minutes. So, bake at 400F for about 40-50 minutes.

Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see some good side dishes that pair well with this recipe!


Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients for Garlic Ranch Seasoning for Baked Chicken Thighs

3 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning, unsalted
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp black ground pepper
1.5 Tbsp garlic powder
1.5 tsp salt (omit salt, if using salted ranch)
4 Tbsp oil, mayonnaise or buttermilk

Also:

4 lb chicken thighs, about 9 pcs

How to make Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

Preheat oven to 500F with the baking rack in the middle. Line a 9″x13″ rimmed pan with parchment paper or foil for easier cleanup. Set aside.

In a bowl whisk together until combined 3 Tbsp ranch seasoning, 1 Tbsp smoked Paprika, 1 tsp black ground pepper, 1.5 Tbsp garlic powder, 1.5 tsp salt and 4 Tbsp of oil.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

Trim the chicken thighs from the extra fat and skin leaving only enough skin to cover the top of the thigh. Alternatively you can remove the skin completely. Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

Combine the chicken thighs and seasoning together in a large ziplock bag or a bowl and massage the seasoning into the meat.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

Arrange the chicken thighs on a  baking sheet, tucking the ends of each thigh under itself and stretching the skin over the top. Now, place the pan into  the preheated to 500F oven and bake at 500F the first 15 minutes and then 375F for 45 minutes.

About 30 minutes into the cooking loosely tent the top with foil to prevent the top from burning. Start to check if the chicken is done about 55 minutes from the start of baking. Depending on the size of the chicken thighs and your oven you might need more or less time than indicated. When the meat is easily torn off the chicken with a fork and the internal temperature registers at 165F the chicken thighs are done baking.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.
Remove from the oven, then transfer the chicken thighs to a serving plate and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before eating. This will allow the juices to be redistributed, which will prevent the meat from being dry. Garnish with parsley or cilantro if you wish.

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. Just toss the chicken thighs with ranch seasoning and garlic, then bake! This recipe is our go to recipe for busy weeknight dinners.

What are some good SIDE DISHES for Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs?

Check out our family favorites below!

 

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs - the easiest and most delicious way to make chicken thighs. The skin is crispy, while the meat juicy and full of flavor.
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Main Course
Calories: 567 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Ingredients for Garlic Ranch Seasoning for Baked Chicken Thighs

Also:

  • 4 lb chicken thighs about 9 pcs

Instructions

How to make Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat oven to 500F with the baking rack in the middle. Line a 9"x13" rimmed pan with parchment paper or foil for easier cleanup. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl whisk together until combined 3 Tbsp ranch seasoning, 1 Tbsp smoked Paprika, 1 tsp black ground pepper, 1.5 Tbsp garlic powder, 1.5 tsp salt and 4 Tbsp of oil.
  3. Trim the chicken thighs from the extra fat and skin leaving only enough skin to cover the top of the thigh. Alternatively you can remove the skin completely. Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels.
  4. Combine the chicken thighs and seasoning together in a large ziplock bag or a bowl and massage the seasoning into the meat.
  5. Arrange the chicken thighs on a  baking sheet, tucking the ends of each thigh under itself and stretching the skin over the top. Now, place the pan into  the preheated to 500F oven and bake at 500F the first 15 minutes and then 375F for 45 minutes.
  6. About 30 minutes into the cooking loosely tent the top with foil to prevent the top from burning. Start to check if the chicken is done about 55 minutes from the start of baking. Depending on the size of the chicken thighs and your oven you might need more or less time than indicated. When the meat is easily torn off the chicken with a fork and the internal temperature registers at 165F the chicken thighs are done baking.
  7. Remove from the oven, then transfer the chicken thighs to a serving plate and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before eating. This will allow the juices to be redistributed, which will prevent the meat from being dry. Garnish with parsley or cilantro if you wish
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 567 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 68%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 222mg 74%
Sodium 612mg 26%
Potassium 506mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 12.2%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Please be specific on the oil…are you talking about Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or Canola Oil? Which kind of oil?

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    • Hi Leslie,
      Any mild-flavored oil will work here. I use light olive oil (not extra virgin) because it doesn’t have a strong taste or smell.
      I did not include a specific oil because I did not want you to go out buying the one I use if there’s a different one you typically use.

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  • Healani

    This was a delicious recipe! I used mayo instead of oil and it came out so moist, juicy, and full of flavor. The fam bam loved it!Will definitely make again! Mahalo for sharing!

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  • mary

    can i use chicken drumstick?

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  • christina

    i am confused on the 4Tbsp oil then it says next tot it mayonnaise or buttermilk do those need to be added in and how much

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  • Deborah P Hicks

    Can this be grilled?

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  • Tanya

    Hi can I use drumsticks instead ? How long should I bake them?

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    • Yes you can.
      Bake for about the same amount of time.

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      • Tanya

        So I made the drumsticks today and I used a little less of ranch seasoning and less garlic (everything else per recipe) and they turned out so so so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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        • That’s great to hear! The “spice blend” can really work with any kind of meat, even for chicken wings or even breast.

          Thank you taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!

          Marina

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