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Recipe for Baked Chicken - Extra Crispy!

Updated on August 5, 2012
Yummy recipe for baked chicken!
Yummy recipe for baked chicken! | Source

Baked Chicken Recipes

I used a great recipe for baked chicken last night – sort of a slightly new variation to add to my baked chicken recipes. Yeah, I use a lot of different baked chicken recipes. Most of the time, I opt for chicken thighs for baking, grilling, and frying. It’s my favorite part of the bird. Baked chicken thighs are cheap, juicy, and tasty. I like the size, too. A small baked thigh has just 155 calories – and that’s with the attached skin. You can reduce the calories by removing the skin before or after cooking, if you wish. I suggest leaving the skin on during the baking process. If you just have to remove it, wait until after the thighs are done. The skin will keep the flesh from become tough and dry. I don’t remove the skin at all, however, on recipes for baked chicken. I like to eat it, if it’s crisp. And believe me, the skin is crisp and flavorful with this recipe for baked chicken!

I use lots of diabetic recipes and low carb recipes.
I use lots of diabetic recipes and low carb recipes. | Source

Low Carb Recipes – Diabetic Recipes

You can add recipes for baked chicken to your low carb recipes and diabetic recipes – unless you add glazes or sauces that are high in sugar. A baked chicken thigh has no carbohydrate grams. When you add sugary sauces and glazes or some type of breading, you add a lot of carbs, however. That innocent chicken thigh can become pretty carb-laden. For low carb recipes and diabetic recipes, learn to substitute herbs, spices, and other seasonings that don’t contain sugar, corn syrup, flour, breadcrumbs, or cornstarch. I’ve found some pretty good zero-calorie, carb-free sauces from Walden Farms. Use these if you just have to have a sauce on your baked chicken recipes!

Baked Chicken Thighs

I like baked chicken thighs better than baked breasts. I have a couple of reasons for this preference. For one thing, thighs are smaller, so they cook more uniformly. Another reason is that chicken thighs don’t dry out and get tough like breasts have the tendency to do. Thighs contain more fat than breasts, so the chicken flesh remains tender and juicy. The skin on thighs is also a little bit more substantial than that found on breasts, and since I like crispy, crunchy skin, I often choose thighs over chicken breasts. Baked chicken thighs are also cheaper to prepare. In our local supermarkets, chicken thighs are usually about half the price of chicken breasts.

I like baked chicken thighs better than baked breasts.
I like baked chicken thighs better than baked breasts. | Source

Crispy Baked Chicken

I prefer really crispy baked chicken. There’s sort of a trick to achieving this. You have to do a balancing act with the cooking temperatures and the cooking time. I cook the chicken long enough at a moderate temperature, 350 degrees, to get the chicken done without drying it out. After that, I use a higher temperature for a short amount of time to get the skin nice and crisp. By the way, the cooking spray helps with this. The cooking spray also makes it possible for herbs and spices to “stick” to the chicken, and the butter flavor really adds to the chicken’s tastiness.

I sometimes use BBQ sauce with my baked chicken recipes.
I sometimes use BBQ sauce with my baked chicken recipes. | Source

Baked Chicken Ideas

This is a pretty basic recipe for baked chicken. You can play around with the seasonings to create different tastes. In the table below, I provide some baked chicken ideas that I use on a regular basis.

Baked Chicken Ideas - Seasonings

Dry Seasonings
lime juice
cooking spray
garlic salt
lemon juice
olive oil
onion powder
orange juice
canola oil
black pepper
white wine
sesame oil
lemon pepper
apple juice
white pepper
Italian dressing
Worcestershire sauce
Dale's liquid seasoning
hot sauce
Miracle Whip
BBQ sauce
heavy cream
sweet and sour sauce
soy sauce
Russian dressing
chili powder
Catalina dressing
honey-mustard sauce
poultry seasoning
dry ranch dressing mix
Crispy Baked Chicken
Crispy Baked Chicken | Source

Rate my recipe for baked chicken! Thanks!

4.1 stars from 9 ratings of Extra Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 8 servings


  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in, with skin
  • lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Lawry's garlic salt with parsley
  • 1 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • butter-flavored cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a shallow baking tray with foil.
  2. Rinse chicken thighs and pat dry.
  3. Drizzle chicken with lime juice and dab with paper towel to distribute juice.
  4. Combine garlic salt, lemon pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
  5. Place chicken thighs on baking sheet, skin-side up. Spray tops with cooking spray and sprinkle with seasoning mix.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and increase oven temp to 400 degrees.
  7. Pour almost all the juices from the baking pan. Return chicken thighs to oven and bake for another 10 minutes, at 400 degrees. This will make the skin on the chicken extra crispy. After cooking, allow chicken to rest for five minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite side dishes – rice, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes - whatever. The baked chicken thighs are especially tasty with cranberry sauce. The slight “heat” and savory seasonings go well with the sweet and tart of the cranberry sauce. Last night, I served this recipe for baked chicken with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green beans.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 thigh
Calories 155
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 14 g28%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      las, that's true. It's a real balancing act for sure.

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      las81071 4 years ago

      It is a hard balance of Crispy and juicy. I will give it a shot as I am really wanting to stop frying.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      italianfood, I'm sure your baked chicken will turn out great! Thanks for reading!

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      George A. Pepper 4 years ago from Philippines

      It looks yummy! I am going to try this for my family, I hope I can do it correctly.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      ignugent, you're welcome! Glad you paid me a visit.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      rum, I'm so glad you liked my baked chicken recipe! Hope you give it a try.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, vacation trip! Glad you stopped by.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Rumana 5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Its an amazing recipe. And the most important thing is that it does not require oil.

      Voted up Useful and Shared!!

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      Wow this is mouth watering.. Something really interesting.

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      Baked chicken... mmm..mmm. And less oily which makes the chicken healthier. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      Baked chicken thighs are the best, a very under valued cut of chicken. Then add crispy skin and you have a winner.

      The garlic salt sounds like a great idea. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This recipe is really useful for me, Holle. I prefer crispy baked chicken but my crispy often turns out to be too burned. So I will follow your advice about cooking time. And I like cranberry sauce with chicken, too.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Mmmmm - I love the flavor of baked chicken. As with many of us, I grew up eating the greasy fried stuff (which was great, but would make me ill today from the overload of grease). Your recipes are always so well-done and tempting - thanks for sharing this one!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      There's nothing as fabulous as chicken that crunches as you bite. This is another must-try in my cast iron Dutch oven, which I often use in lieu of a baking pan. Thanks for this habee.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I'm sure it will work with breasts.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This sounds great and I'm right there with ya habee, I just love some chicken thighs the best, especially with some extra crunchy skin on them. I bet this beats the drive thru any day! Voted up and awesome. I can't wait to try these.

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      tamron 5 years ago

      I wished you wrote this recipe a few days earlier. I really messed up my fried chicken the other night. Favorite this page to use to make fried chicken.

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Looks wonderful. I don't cook but sending the recipe to my husband right now!



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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      What is better than crispy chicken. And it is so good cold. I like the fact there are not too many ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Sloan 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thanks for the great ideas. I always run out of ideas on what to make with chicken. Looks deliscious!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      With the cost of chicken nowadays I won't be able to have this often, but we do have some in the freezer, so your recipe will be used this weekend. Great job!