Crispy Mediterranean Baked Hen Thighs


Pan of crispy baked chicken thighs surrounded by olives and caramelized onions

These baked, Mediterranean-inspired hen thighs are the BEST: smoky, satisfying, and SO fast and simple! Tender, crispy pores and skin hen is surrounded by roasted onions, olives, and (optionally available) dates. It’s the last word candy and savory occasion and everybody’s invited! 

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Dates, olives, chicken thighs, olive oil, onion, salt, and spices

The right way to Make Crispy Mediterranean Baked Hen Thighs

These Mediterranean-inspired hen thighs start with a FLAVOR-PACKED spice combo: cumin, coriander, cinnamon, smoked paprika, crimson pepper flakes, and sea salt. It’s equal components smoky, candy, spicy, salty, and simply SO good.

Rubbing smoky spices onto bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

After rubbing the hen thighs with the spice mix, we sear them in a forged iron skillet to create a golden brown, crispy crust.

Kalamata olives and onions surrounding crispy pan seared chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet

Sliced onions, dates, and kalamata olives then be a part of the occasion so as to add much more candy and salty taste. Every thing bakes collectively till tender, caramelized, and able to end with a remaining squeeze of lemon juice for brightness.

Cast iron skillet of crispy baked Mediterranean chicken thighs with olives, dates, and onions

These Mediterranean baked hen thighs are the greatest! They’re:

Fast & simple
Tender on the within
& Crispy on the skin!

They’re superb with rice, quinoa, or potatoes for a easy meal. Or for extra veggies, pair with our Grain-Free Tabbouleh Salad (6 Elements), Mediterranean-Impressed Cucumber Chickpea Salad, or Chickpea Shawarma Salad.

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Bowl of rice topped with a chicken thigh with crispy skin and tender meat

Prep Time 5 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 25 minutes

Complete Time 30 minutes

Servings 4 (Servings)

Course Predominant Course

Delicacies Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Impressed

Freezer Pleasant No

Does it hold? 2-3 Days

  • 4 (6-8 oz every) bone-in skin-on hen thighs (pasture-raised, natural when potential)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp floor cumin
  • 1 tsp floor coriander
  • 1 tsp floor cinnamon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp crimson pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced (1/2 small onion yields ~3/4 cup sliced)
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped (optionally available)
  • Preheat oven to 375 levels F (190 C) and place a massive forged iron skillet (or different oven-safe skillet) on the stovetop.
  • In a small bowl, mix the salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, smoked paprika, and crimson pepper flakes. Then season the hen thighs on each side with the seasoning combination. They need to be seasoned effectively and evenly coated.

  • Warmth the skillet over medium to medium-high warmth and add the olive or avocado oil. You need a very skinny layer of oil so the pores and skin will get crispy. As soon as the oil is sizzling, add the hen thighs and sear on either side for about 3-4 minutes, or till a golden brown crust has fashioned.

  • Flip off the warmth and add the onion slices to the pan, putting the hen thighs pores and skin facet up and adjusting so among the onions are beneath them. Then add the olives and dates (optionally available) across the hen.

  • Switch the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-Quarter-hour, or till the interior temperature is ~170 levels F (ensuring the thermometer doesn’t hit bone to get an correct studying).

  • Take away from the oven and let relaxation within the pan for ~5 minutes earlier than serving. We wish to serve ours with a squeeze of lemon over roasted potatoes, rice, or quinoa. Additionally, baking the hen with the olive oil and onions makes a very scrumptious juicy sauce that may be served on the facet to pour over the hen!
  • Greatest when recent, although leftovers will hold lined within the fridge for as much as 3 days. Reheat within the oven or microwave till sizzling. Not freezer pleasant.

*Vitamin data is a tough estimate calculated with out optionally available components.

Serving: 1 serving Energy: 300 Carbohydrates: 3.6 g Protein: 19.3 g Fats: 23 g Saturated Fats: 5.3 g Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.2 g Monounsaturated Fats: 0.9 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 110 mg Sodium: 852 mg Potassium: 266 mg Fiber: 0.8 g Sugar: 0.6 g Vitamin A: 324 IU Vitamin C: 0.9 mg Calcium: 18 mg Iron: 1.2 mg


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