Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs

– loosely adapted from Bon Appétit

Sophisticated enough for a Sunday supper yet quick enough for Wednesday’s dinner, this master recipe is all in the technique. Cook the thighs skin side down in a cast-iron skillet to render out the fat and make the skin as crisp and, dare we say, delicious as bacon.

*I added my own seasonings & adjusted oven temperature for the jalapeño scalloped potatoes I made with it.


  • 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 475°. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Nestle chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high; continue cooking skin side down, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and cook 13 more minutes. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Of course I don’t have professional cooking equipment, a photographer or even the patience…when it’s still over 100° here in Arizona. It still turned out DELICIOUS!

My favorite seasonings for lots of flavor in chicken; use your favorites or what’s available.

I add turmeric whenever I can get away with it, garlic peppercorns, Hungarian paprika & sea salt. And I love Goya Bitter Orange Adobo Seasoning! It might sound like an odd mix but it turns out so good that chicken with these seasonings are the most repeatedly requested version from my family.

.in the meantime…