How Long to Cook Chicken Thigh on Stove


When you’re cooking chicken thighs in the oven, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want your chicken to be juicy and tender, but not overcooked. And because every thigh is different—and some are larger than others—it’s important to check on them as they cook. The best way to ensure that your chicken cooks evenly is by using a meat thermometer: Stick it into the thickest part of the meat without touching bone or fat; if it reads 165 degrees F (73 degrees C), you’re good to go! The cooking time for oven-baked chicken thighs varies depending on size, ranging from 45 minutes (if using small boneless thighs) up to about 90 minutes (for large bone-in pieces).

Preheat the Oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the chicken thighs on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.

  • Place the chicken thighs on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired (it’s not necessary).

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Seasoning your chicken thighs with salt and pepper before cooking them will add flavor to your meal, as well as help preserve the meat. Salt is a preservative, so it can prevent bacteria from growing on raw meat that’s been left out too long. It also helps break down proteins in the chicken thigh, which tenderizes it by making those muscles more pliable; this makes them easier to chew! And finally, salt retains moisture in the meat while cooking so that each bite will be juicy (and not dry).

Bake Until Chicken Is No Longer Pink in the Center, About 45 Minutes.


Bake the chicken thighs until they’re no longer pink in the center and an internal temperature of 170 degrees F is reached, about 45 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken thighs and how many you are cooking at once; if you have a small oven, you may need to rotate them halfway through for even browning. Use a meat thermometer to check doneness (or just cut into one).

Once baked, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving

Cooking time varies depending on size of chicken thigh

The cooking time of chicken thighs varies depending on the size of the thigh, how hot your oven is, and how many thighs you’re cooking. For example:

  • If you’re cooking just one thigh in a cold oven, it will take longer than if you were to cook four or five at once.
  • If your oven is set to 350 degrees F (180 C), then it will take less time than if it were set to 450 F (230 C).


This is a great recipe to try if you’re looking for an alternative to chicken breast. It’s easy, simple and can be prepared in under an hour. The best part about this dish is that it’s versatile! You can use any type of sauce or topping that suits your taste buds best!

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