Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs

Is there any food that isn’t good when drenched in garlic butter? It’s the easiest, most fool-proof way to make something insanely delish. So, because it’s the week after Thanksgiving and I don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, I whipped up these quick Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs. They only require […]

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Is there any food that isn’t good when drenched in garlic butter? It’s the easiest, most fool-proof way to make something insanely delish. So, because it’s the week after Thanksgiving and I don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, I whipped up these quick Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs. They only require about five minutes of prep, about 30 minutes in the oven, and then they’re ready to eat!

Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs

Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs in a baking dish, one being scooped out with a serving spoon

What to Serve with Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs

First things first, you’ll have a lot of delicious lemony garlic butter in the bottom of your baking dish, so you definitely want to serve this chicken with something to soak it up, or spoon it over. Today I served mine with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and some simple steamed green beans, both of which benefited from a generous drizzle. Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes would also be awesome, as would some Homemade No Knead Bread, or even just a bed of rice.

Can You Make This With Chicken Breast?

The cooking times and temperatures listed below are specific to boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If you prefer boneless chicken breast, I suggest following the instructions in my Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breast recipe. Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs will require a longer cooking time, but unfortunately I have not tested this with that type of chicken so I don’t know the exact time needed.

For the Best Results, Use a Meat Thermometer

Ovens can vary, baking dishes can vary, the size of chicken thighs can vary. All of these factors can affect baking time, which is why it’s so important to have a meat thermometer. The digital meat thermometer (affiliate link) I use is extremely affordable and let’s me know without a doubt whether my meat is cooked to a safe temperature, and whether I’m in danger of overcooking my meat. ;) 

A piece of Garlic Butter Baked Chicken on a plate with potatoes, green beans, and a black fork.

 

Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs

Drenched in lemony garlic butter, these tender Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs are an easy and delicious no-fuss weeknight dinner recipe.

  • 4 Tbsp butter ($0.40)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced ($0.32)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • freshly cracked pepper ($0.02)
  • 1 fresh lemon ($0.79)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional) ($0.10)
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1.25 lbs.) ($4.36)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place the butter in a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Stir in the minced garlic, paprika, salt, some freshly cracked pepper (about 1/8 tsp), and about a tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley. Stir to combine.

  2. Place the chicken thighs in an 8×8" baking dish. Spoon the garlic butter mixture over the chicken thighs, using the back of the spoon to spread it over the surface of the chicken.

  3. Slice the lemon into half-rounds. Scatter the lemon pieces around the chicken in the dish.

  4. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake the chicken for 30-35 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reaches 165ºF.

  5. Use a spoon to drizzle the baking juices over top of the chicken, then sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley over top just before serving.

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Juices being drizzled over the garlic butter baked chicken in the baking dish

 

How to Make Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs – Step by Step Photos

Garlic butter ingredients in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Add 4 Tbsp butter to a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds or until the butter is melted. Add 4 minced cloves of garlic, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp salt, some freshly cracked pepper (about ⅛ tsp), and 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley.

Mixed garlic butter mixture in the bow with a spoon

Stir the garlic butter ingredients to combine.

Garlic butter being spooned over chicken thighs in a baking dish

Place five boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a baking dish, then spoon the garlic butter mixture over top. Use the back of the spoon to spread the garlic butter over the surface of the chicken thighs.

Lemon pieces added to chicken in the baking dish

Slice a lemon into half-rounds then scatter the lemon pieces in the baking dish with the garlic butter coated chicken.

Baked garlic butter chicken thighs in the baking dish with fresh parsley

Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF. Use a spoon to drizzle the juices from the baking dish over the chicken pieces, then top with another tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

Juices being drizzled over garlic butter baked chicken thighs on a plate with potatoes and green beans

Don’t waste a drop of that garlic butter from the baking dish! It’s great on the chicken, potatoes, to sop up with bread, or drizzled over your vegetables!

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Baked Pizza Chicken

One of the coolest things about having been blogging for over ten years is seeing how my cooking style and skills have changed through this experience. One of my first recipes to go viral was my Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken. It was a tasty recipe for sure, but way too much work for current day Beth. […]

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One of the coolest things about having been blogging for over ten years is seeing how my cooking style and skills have changed through this experience. One of my first recipes to go viral was my Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken. It was a tasty recipe for sure, but way too much work for current day Beth. 😅 This Baked Pepperoni Chicken is an easier, just as delicious interpretation of pizza-style chicken. It’s perfect for weeknight dinners and holds up in the refrigerator for meal preps. Hopefully you’ll appreciate the lack of breading, stuffing, and frying in this newer version as much as I did.

Close up of Baked Pizza Chicken on a plate with salad and garlic bread, the chicken cut into pieces.

How to Serve Baked Pizza Chicken

I plated my Baked Pizza Chicken with some Homemade Garlic Bread and simple salad of spring mix with light coating of Italian dressing. I like to keep my side dishes simple so that dinner doesn’t get over complicated. Bonus: you can bake the garlic bread in the oven during the last 5 minutes or so that the chicken cooks.

You could also serve your pizza chicken over a bed of pasta with red sauce. 

Another fun way to eat this Baked Pizza Chicken would be to make a sort of chicken sandwich out of it. Put it on a roll with a little extra pizza sauce, maybe some sliced red onion, and treat it like a meatball sandwich!

Is Fresh Mozzarella a Must?

Fresh mozzarella (the type packed in water) definitely works best because it melts so beautifully, but it can be pricey. If you’re lucky enough to live near an Aldi, you can get it for a steal, like I did. If you can’t get fresh mozzarella for a good price the next best is full-fat mozzarella (not packed in water). And as a last resort, you can use part-skim mozzarella. Part-skim is dryer and does not melt as smoothly, but it will work in a pinch.

Can I Add Other Toppings?

Sure! If you want to add more than just pepperoni, I suggest chopping the toppings up in to very small pieces so they kind of get stuck in the cheese and don’t fall off. Red onion would be awesome, as would black olives and maybe some finely diced bell pepper.

Front view of a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken on a plate with salad and garlic bread.

 

Baked Pizza Chicken

This easy Baked Pizza Chicken is the perfect fast and easy weeknight dinner. The chicken cooks quickly and always stays tender and juicy!

  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend ($0.30)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2/3 lb. each) ($7.64)
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce ($0.17)
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella ($1.33)
  • 8 slices pepperoni ($0.23)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, stir together the Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil.

  2. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent splatter. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken to an even thickness, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut each chicken breast in half to make two equal sized pieces.

  3. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish or on a baking sheet, making sure they have at least an inch of space around them. Spread the oil and herb mixture over the surface of each piece of chicken.

  4. Bake the chicken in the fully preheated 400ºF oven for 15 minutes. While the chicken in baking, slice the mozzarella.

  5. After 15 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven. Spread 1 Tbsp pizza sauce over the surface of each piece. Next top each piece with about 1oz. mozzarella and two slices of pepperoni.

  6. Return the chicken to the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes more, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF. Remove from the oven and serve.

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A fork taking a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken from the plate with chicken, garlic bread, and salad.

Step by Step Photos

Italian herb and oil mixture

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp salt, and 2 Tbsp olive oil.

Chicken breasts on a cutting board covered with plastic with a rolling pin on the side.

Place two boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2/3 lb. each)on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken to an even thickness, about 3/4-inch thick. This helps the chicken cook quickly and evenly in the oven.

Chicken breasts cut into two pieces

Since 2/3 pound is a LOT of chicken per serving, I always cut my chicken breasts in half. I like to cut on a diagonal to make two pieces that are similar in shape to the original piece.

Chicken coated in herbs and oil in a baking dish.

Place the chicken pieces in a shallow baking dish or baking sheet, making sure there’s about an inch of space all around. Coat the chicken pieces in the Italian herb and oil mixture. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes in the preheated 400ºF oven. While the chicken is baking, slice 4 oz. of fresh mozzarella.

Pizza sauce being spread over the baked chicken pieces.

After 15 minutes, take the chicken out and add about 1 Tbsp pizza sauce to each piece. Spread the sauce over the surface of the chicken.

Mozzarella and pepperoni added to the chicken pieces.

Next, add about 1 oz. fresh mozzarella to each piece of chicken, then finish each with two slices of pepperoni. 

Baked Pizza Chicken with melted mozzarella and an instant read thermometer showing 163 degrees.

Return the chicken to the oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the mozzarella is melted and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF. Mine was at 163ºF after 5 minutes, so I gave it 1-2 more minutes in the oven. The total cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces and how long the chicken was out of the oven while adding the toppings. 

Two plates with Baked Chicken Pizza, salad, and garlic bread next to a cutting board with more garlic bread.

Then your Baked Pizza Chicken is ready to serve! Dig in and enjoy that juicy chicken, melty mozzarella, flavorful Italian herbs, and spicy pepperoni!

Front view of a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken cut into pieces on a plate.

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