We love chicken thighs for their dark meat that's 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.
Prep: Preheat oven to 500°F with the baking rack in the middle. Line a 9"x13" rimmed pan with parchment paper or foil for easier cleanup. Set aside.
Make the seasoning: 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, mayonnaise or buttermilk.
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.
Combine the chicken thighs and seasoning together in a large ziplock bag or a bowl and massage the seasoning into the meat.
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 500°F oven and bake at 500°F the first 15 minutes and then 375°F for 30 - 45 minutes.
Check for doneness: About 30 minutes into the cooking loosely tent the top with foil to prevent the top from burning.
Remove from the oven 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 and serve.
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