Juicy Chicken Thigh Surprise Recipe in 30 Minutes

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This how to recipe produces the juiciest chicken thighs ever using a few simple ingredients such as olive oil, paprika, garlic, thyme, hot pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. The process is simple and involves pan frying for about 10 minutes and into the oven for an additional 15. The prep work itself takes about 5 minutes. Who could imagine chicken thighs this juicy in 30 minutes. What a great midweek meal.

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Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 30 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 290 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Midweek meals are always difficult. That's why 30 minute recipes are so popular. Come home and dinner in on the table in half an hour. But imagine having the tastiest juiciest chicken thighs ever.  



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  1. Add the chicken thighs to a mixing bowl followed by the olive oil, paprika, garlic, thyme, hot pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and the chicken is completely coated.

  2. Pour some olive oil into a pan over medium high heat. I use a cast iron pan, but you can use any oven proof pan. Place the chicken in, skin side down, and fry it for about 4 minutes on each side. Allow it to cook until you get a nice sear on the skin side.

  3. Place in a 450 degree F or 230 C preheated oven for about 15 minutes.

  4. Serve you chicken thighs up with the side dish of your choice and enjoy. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 290kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5.4g27%
Cholesterol 166mg56%
Sodium 590mg25%
Potassium 640mg19%
Total Carbohydrate 3g1%
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


I always use skin on thighs as it makes them super juicy.

Once again, the seasoning is optional. Use the seasoning of your choice if you wish. 

Keywords: Chicken Recipes, Chicken Thighs, Midweek Meals, 30 Minute Meals

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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