Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

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Spiced Chicken Thighs – baked chicken thighs that are juicy and delicious. Coated in a spice mixture that is perfect for busy weeknights.

Do you cook much with chicken thighs?  For whatever reason, I mainly use chicken breasts, but I am not entirely sure why.  This baked chicken thighs recipe makes the chicken super tender and juicy.  Such a different experience that chicken breasts.

Garlic Chicken uses chicken thighs and they are sauteed and come up so juicy.  I really may need to rethink my chicken purchases. When I do buy them, I always make boneless chicken thigh recipes out of them.

spiced chicken thighs with garlicky rice on a plate


I think sometimes we all struggle with quick and easy dinners during the week.  Most of us are working, and have kids schedules to deal with as well.  So finding time to actually make a meal, and sit down as a family can be hard.  These spiced chicken thighs are kind of a game changer though.  They are done so quickly, and have so much flavor.

Baked chicken thighs will quickly become one of your favorites. The spices give this chicken so much flavor without just making it spicy hot.  I love this garlicky rice with it, but Oven Roasted Potatoes are also a great idea. 

spiced chicken thighs with garlicky rice on a plate

This baked chicken thighs recipe actually cooks under the broiler.  It gives the chicken kind of a crispy coating without any breading or anything else.  It also helps lock in all the juices so the chicken doesn’t dry out.

So if you are looking for more boneless chicken thigh recipes be sure to try this out.  The whole family will love this and you will not hear any complaining about having chicken for dinner again!

spiced chicken thighs with garlicky rice on a plate

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Spiced Chicken Thighs - baked chicken thighs that are juicy and delicious. Coated in a spice mixture that is perfect for busy weeknights.

spiced chicken thighs with garlicky rice on a plate
4.50 from 4 votes

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

By Erin
Chicken thighs full of great spices and served with garlicky rice. Quick, easy, and healthy dinner
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add rice and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly pour in chicken stock, 3/8 tsp salt, and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed, and rice is tender. Remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Add parsley and black pepper, fluff with a fork.
  • Preheat broiler to high. Line a jelly roll pan with foil, and spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a small bowl combine brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mixture over the chicken. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Broil for 5 minutes. Turn and sprinkle the remaining spices over the chicken. Broil for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the pan, and let stand for a couple minutes. Scoop any pan drippings over the chicken to serve.


Slightly adapted from Cooking Light


Serving: 1g | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 601mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 307
Keyword: baked chicken thighs
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  1. Looks like a delicious dinner and very healthy too! I love all the color and textures!

  2. This sounds delicious! I rarely make anything other than chicken breast because I don’t like the skin and my husband goes to town on it. And I don’t like that. 😉 Too much fat!

    But these look so good! Yum. And I’m sure it’d work on chicken breast. 🙂

    1. It would definitely work on chicken breasts – but I get the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, because I can’t stand the skin either. Or if they only have them with skin, I remove it before cooking!

    1. I just use chicken stock in place of the water when cooking rice. So for this recipe I used 1 1/2 cups. Hope you enjoy!