Budget-Friendly Roasted Chicken Thighs

Roasted chicken thighs

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
965 Calories
58g Fat
6g Carbs
99g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 965
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 314mg 105%
Sodium 373mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 99g
Calcium 90mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken thighs are not only full of flavor but also easy on the budget, especially if you choose bone-in thighs.

A simple combination of garlic, olive oil, seasonings, and rosemary bring out the flavor in this easy roasted chicken dish your family will love.


  • 6 to 8 chicken thighs (on the bone, with skin)
  • 3 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary or thyme (chopped, fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Rosemary sprigs or thyme sprigs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 F. If using an iron skillet, put it in the oven to preheat. If using a baking pan, line with foil, lightly grease the foil and set aside.

  3. Combine the pressed garlic with the salt, chopped rosemary or thyme, pepper, and olive oil. 

  4. Toss the chicken thighs all over with seasoned oil mixture.

  5. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven to a rack, and arrange the coated chicken thighs in the skillet with a few rosemary or thyme sprigs. 

  6. Return the skillet to the oven, and roast for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.


    Note: According to USDA, chicken must be cooked to at least 165 F. Check the chicken with a food thermometer in the meatiest part of a thigh.

  7. Serve and enjoy!