Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs


This oven-roasted chicken recipe showcases juicy, flavorful thighs with a lemony sauce that makes itself in the pan. It's the ideal weeknight dinner for busy families, especially when served with simple Roasted Potatoes.


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey


  1. In a bowl, toss chicken with oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper and marinate 1 hour (or up to a day).

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roast chicken, skin-side down, in an oiled roasting pan, 20 to 25 minutes; flip and roast 10 more minutes.

  3. Stir together mustard and honey and season with salt and pepper. Brush glaze onto chicken and broil 5 minutes.

    easy roasted chicken thighs
    Diana Chistruga

Cook's Notes

Adapted from "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan; 2009).


You can add some fresh herbs, such as rosemary, to the marinade, if desired. You can also use maple mustard or Dijon.

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