I kind of never know what to do with chicken thighs. Chicken breasts? No problem. Ditto whole chickens. But I wasn’t sure what to do with chicken thighs till I saw this recipe, which looked simple and delicious. The end result is fantastic! Very tasty, with crispy skin that makes it seem like you’re eating fried chicken.
Pan-roasted chicken thighs
- 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat your oven to 475F. This takes my oven about two and a half years to accomplish, so start early
- Put the chicken pieces on a paper towel-lined plate, and season well with salt and pepper
- Heat oil over fairly high heat in a cast iron or other heavy skillet big enough to hold your chicken without it being too crowded
- Put chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook two minutes; reduce heat to medium-high and set a timer for 12 minutes; you’re looking for crispy, golden brown skin on the chicken, so move it around as needed to make it evenly browned
- Transfer your skillet to the oven and cook for 13 minutes; flip the chicken skin side up and continue cooking till it’s cooked through, about 5-8 more minutes
- Transfer to a plate and let it rest five minutes before serving
I will warn you that this was crazy levels of smoky in my oven; you might want to turn the fan on before you get this going. But it was SO GOOD and SO WORTH IT. Let me know if you try it!