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Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs {Paprika Spice Blend}

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This special Paprika Spice Blend is great on any grilled meats, including chicken breasts, beef, and kabobs.

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This special Paprika Spice Blend is great on any grilled meats, including chicken breasts, beef and kabobs.

Why make your own Chicken Thigh Seasoning

Buying pre-made seasoning blends for years, I have never once stopped to really read the ingredient list. I just had a couple of favorite ones and was happy to use them. The only thing that was really inconvenient about using the pre-made seasoning spices is that all the ones I used had salt as the main ingredient, which meant that I never really knew how much to use in my recipes.

I knew the general amount of salt the dish required, but mixed with spices I had no idea how much exactly to use, so every once in a while I would have either under-seasoned or over seasoned meat.

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This Paprika Spice Blend is great on any grilled meats, including chicken breasts, beef and kabobs.

One day when trying to pick a new spice blend, I started reading the labels to see how one was different from the other and realized that their first ingredient on the list is salt.

Since ingredients are listed by the amount used, with the first being the most prevalent one, I realized that I am mostly paying for salt. This experience set me on a mission to create my own spice blend.

Having a grill now means that I make grilled chicken pretty often. It also gives me lots of opportunities to try different amounts of spices in my spice blend to see which one is the best!  FINALLY! I have found the one I absolutely love and I am so excited to share it with you!!

Uses for this Best Seasoning for Chicken

I use this spice blend for all my grilled meats, baked chicken thighsand breast, as well as baked beef recipesalmon and even potatoes. This is the best seasoning for chicken as it has a good kick of spiciness from the cayenne pepper and a ton of flavor. If you’re not into spicy, feel free to cut the amount of cayenne and black pepper to make this recipe YOUR own baked chicken seasoning.

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This is the best seasoning for chicken and the only one you will ever need to use. This is the best seasoning for chicken as it has a good kick of spiciness from the cayenne pepper and a ton of flavor

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

Making the Chicken Thighs with this Paprika Spice Blend gives them a beautiful caramelized color. This is especially important if you’re using skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast.

The chicken seasoning replaces the caramelized look with its paprika color, which otherwise would only be possible if you had the skin on. Not having the skin though, makes these Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs perfect for your clean eating meal prep.

Also, they reheat very well and make very good leftovers for lunch.

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This Paprika Spice Blend is great on any grilled meats, including chicken breasts, beef and kabobs.

With this chicken thigh seasoning, you can use as much or as little as you wish, without having to worry about oversalting the meat. That’s the most favorite thing I enjoy about homemade seasoning blends!

How to Bake Chicken in the Oven?

First, toss the chicken with seasoning. Then, arrange it in a baking dish and bake the chicken in the oven, on the middle rack at 450F degrees for about 45-55 minutes for dark meat (chicken thighs, chicken drums, chicken wings) and about 30 minutes for chicken breast. If the chicken juices run clear when pierced, the chicken is cooked.

Can I grill the chicken instead of baking? 

Sure, can! This recipe makes BOMB grilled Chicken Thighs. For grilling, after tossing the chicken with spices, grill at 300 until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs registers 160F degrees. You’re welcome 😉

Can I use this Paprika Spice Blend with Bone-in, Skin-on chicken thighs?

Yes! Just increase the baking time by about 10 minutes or until the internal temperature registers at 165F.

Also, check THIS POST which answers many questions about baking chicken thighs.

How to serve Paprika Baked Chicken?

I served these baked thighs with cooked brown rice, but anything from cooked white rice,  mashed potatoes, to a side salad will work here.

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Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This special Paprika Spice Blend is great on any grilled meats, including chicken breasts, beef and kabobs.
5 from 7 votes

Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs are Easy, Succulent, Skinless, Bone-in Chicken Thighs that are oven baked with a special blend of spices infused with Smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. This special Paprika Spice Blend is great on any grilled meats, including chicken breasts, beef and kabobs.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: dinner, Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Calories: 406 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Ingredients for Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs

  • 8 chicken thighs bone-in, skinless
  • 2 Tbsp Spice Blend for Chicken or Beef
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise or oil (virgin olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley for garnish

Paprika Spice Blend for Chicken, Beef (Use ONLY 2 Tbsp for this recipe)

Instructions

How to make Paprika Meat Spice Blend for Chicken, Beef

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the Meat Spice Blend in a small container and shake until well combined. You will use ONLY 2 Tbsp of this blend in the recipe. Save the rest for another time. 

How to Bake Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 450F with the baking rack in the middle.
  2. Remove the skin and trim off any fat off the chicken thighs.
  3. Add the chicken thighs to a ziplock or a large bowl, together with 2 tbsp of oil or mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp of the Paprika Meat Spice Blend and 1/2 tsp of salt. Mix well, massaging the spices well into the chicken.
  4. Add the chicken to a 9"x9" baking pan and bake, uncovered, in preheated to 450F degrees for 45 to 55 minutes or until the chicken thighs are easily pierced with a fork or knife.
Nutrition Facts
Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 196mg65%
Sodium 532mg23%
Potassium 947mg27%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 3995IU80%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 6.9mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Claudia

    What do you recommend for the side dish?

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  • Jon

    These paprika chicken thighs were delicious, but I used wings because that’s what I had handy. Still turned out amazing. Thanks for a great recipe! Going to try it on some ribs on the grill in a few days!

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    • Hi Jon and thank you for comment and review! I’ve made it with chicken wings and ribs as well, it’s delicious with so many cuts of meat!

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  • Constance McQuoid

    Made the recipe at two different households that have different tastes. This was a complete success at both homes. Family including children loved the flavors. Leftovers are even better which is a plus. Both of my Sons families want it on the dinner rotation schedules….

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  • LeAnne Doxey

    Would I do anything different with bone-in skin-on chicken thighs? Do I have to use all the brown sugar or substitute with coconut sugar?

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    • You might need to increase baking time by 5-10 minutes depending on the size of your chicken thighs, but that’s about it. You don’t have to use the brown sugar at all if you prefer not to or substitute it with any other sugar.

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  • Lili Medina

    My daughter & I do not like eating chicken thighs. I decided to make them for my husband. Well, needless to say I tried your recipe & we ALL loved it. Thank you!!

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  • DonnaT

    This is absolutely delicious! I’m so glad the spice recipe makes a lot so I have it on hand, ready anytime I am. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  • Lisa

    The spice mixture is AMAZING. I’ve made it twice now, and cut the recipe in half, and it still tastes fantastic. Just the right amount of smokiness, sweet and spicy.

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  • Lyuda

    These are so delicious!

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