This chili roasted chicken thighs recipe has just 5 ingredients and is on the table in 20 minutes. It's a super easy paleo, keto, and Whole30 friendly weeknight dinner!
Fast & Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are one of my go-to weeknight dinners. You can roast them simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper—or dress them up with whatever seasonings mix you have in the kitchen. I use my homemade chili powder blend that I always have on hand. All the spices are in the mix, so the chicken is ready to go in the oven in less time than it takes to preheat.
What makes this recipe so fast is using boneless chicken thighs (without the skin) and laying them out flat on the baking sheet so they cook through quickly. This allows the heat to get to all sides of the chicken. They are done when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees on a food thermometer (the recommended minimum temperature). You will be surprised at how fast they cook this way!
While the chicken is baking, you can make a simple guacamole and cauliflower rice. If you have it already riced in the freezer, the cauliflower takes just a few minutes. These are perfect low carb side dishes to go with keto chicken thighs.
Or if you are eating paleo, serve the roasted chicken thighs with leftover cooked squash or sweet potatoes. The hint of sweetness is great with the smoky chili flavors. You can reheat them in a baking dish in the oven while the chicken cooks.
This is my favorite fast chicken recipe. There are a lot of times I prefer to slow roast chicken thighs with the bone in, but for quick weeknight cooking boneless is the way to go. And boneless chicken thighs are juicier and more flavorful than boneless chicken breasts. If I'm baking chicken breasts, I like to roast them with the bone in to keep them juicy, but of course, that takes longer to cook.
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Chili roasted chicken thighs are a quick and easy keto and paleo dinner. And this is a great recipe to meal prep in advance. Just make extra when you're cooking dinner—the leftover baked chicken thighs are perfect for lunch the next day on a salad or in a paleo-friendly wrap.
How to make chili roasted chicken thighs
This easy chicken recipe is perfect for quick weeknight dinners.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place chicken on a sheet pan or large baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and turn to coat. Rub with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
Roast the chicken thighs in the oven until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
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