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.
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!!

I use this spice blend for all my grilled meats, baked chicken thighs and breast, as well as baked beef recipe and even salmon!  It has a good kick of spiciness from the cayenne pepper, so if you’re not into spicy, feel free to cut the amount of cayenne and black pepper.

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.

Making the Chicken Thighs with this Paprika Spice Blend gives them a beautiful color, which is especially important if you’re using skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast. The paprika replaces the caramelized look with its 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.

By the way, you can half the recipe of the Paprika Spice Blend if you don’t want too much extra after this recipe. But, making the full recipe means that you can use this spice blend in the future just like you would store-bought. With this one though, you can use as much or as little without having to worry about the saltines of the meat. This has to be the most favorite thing I enjoy about homemade seasoning blends!

I hope you enjoy this Paprika Baked Chicken Thigh recipe as much as I do~

Bon Appetite~

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.

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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.
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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
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley for garnish

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

  • 4 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar

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 make Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

  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*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 196mg 65%
Sodium 532mg 22%
Potassium 947mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 10g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 79.9%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 19.5%
Iron 38.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • natasha

    Delicious chicken. The whole family loved it.

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  • Yolanda

    OMG!!!!!! They turned out perfect!!!!! Thanks for the recipe and especially the seasoning that was enough to put up for next time.

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  • Lora

    Going to try this for weekend get together with friends. Can I do just the regular paprika or does it have to be smoked paprika?

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    • It doesn’t have to be smoked paprika, but I do think that the flavor is a lot better if you use the smoked one.

      Thanks for your question Lora!

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  • Dee

    Just made this tonight…..soooooo freakin delicious! My chicken came out perfectly red with the paprika and cayenne and very moist! My family gave a big thumbs up to cooking this again…I’m so glad I stumbled onto this recipe. THANK YOU!!!!!

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  • Debbie

    This was delicious!!! So tasty and tender and crispy on the top! I modified the rub recipe as if I d the smoked paprika quite strong. I used 2T smoked paprika and 2 T red paprika. I think this would be a delicious run on ribs as well. That’s my next try. Thanks for the recipe!!

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    • That’s what I like about being able to make recipes your own, you just switch some things around and all of a sudden it becomes your favorite. Thank you so much for your review Debbie! I have used this same rub on pot roast and ribs and my family loved it!

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  • Melissa | Bless this Mess

    I love homemade spice mixes! Bonus – none of the yucky artificial stuff!

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  • This looks phenomenal. And the photography is just as amazing! Well done. This is going on our to-do list. 🙂

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