Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fresh Basil

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fresh Basil
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fresh Basil. Katie Workman / themom100.com
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Chicken Thighs (serves 4)
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We love a simply roasted chicken thigh in our house; tender, juicy dark meat.  Slipping a few fresh herbs under the skin is a very nice way to brighten up a plain piece of roasted chicken without adding a whole lot of time to the process.

I served this with a nice wild rice blend, and a crisp green salad, and no one would have ever guessed how little time the whole meal took to come together.

Don't pass over the humble chicken thigh!  Here are more recipes that just might make thighs your new favorite part of the chicken.

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What You'll Need

  • 8 large or 16 small basil leaves
  • 8 chicken bone-in, skin-on thighs (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Minced chives to garnish

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.  
  2. Loosen the skin from each thigh, and place one or two of the basil leaves under the skin.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large heavy, ovenproof skillet over medium heat.  Sear the chicken pieces skin side down for about 5 minutes until the skin gets brown and crisps up, turn the pieces over transfer the pan to the oven.  Roast for 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165F).  Serve hot or warm, sprinkled with chives.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 194
    Total Fat 14 g
    Saturated Fat 3 g
    Unsaturated Fat 8 g
    Cholesterol 47 mg
    Sodium 120 mg
    Carbohydrates 1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 15 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)