cast iron chicken thighs

Cast iron chicken thighs

Cast iron chicken thighs

Crispy Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Thighs are a family favorite and a mostly hands-off dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare! Better for traditional fried chicken, but with the same wonderful crispy exterior and moist, tender flesh that your family will enjoy, and that goes well with practically any side dish. Sometimes the simplest things are the most delicious, and this is certainly true with these amazing chicken thighs.

Cast iron chicken thighs

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 655 kcal Best Season: Suitable throughout the year




  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Using a paper towel, pat the chicken thighs dry. Combine the salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a small bowl, then season the meat on both sides with it.

  3. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place the skin-side down chicken thighs in the pan and cover with a splatterguard. Cook for 7-9 minutes without moving the pan to allow the fat to render and the skin to crisp up.

  4. Toss the chicken pieces over with tongs once they have been released from the pan and have a nicely browned crust on the skin. Transfer the skillet with the chicken to the oven and roast for 18-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and an instant-read meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 655kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g79%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 278mg93%
Sodium 800mg34%
Potassium 594mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 1g1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 46g92%

Vitamin A 2221 IU
Vitamin C 1 mg
Calcium 25 mg
Iron 2 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Since the size of chicken thighs varies so much, you may need to adjust the cooking time in the oven for larger or smaller thighs.

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