The Best (and Easiest) Way to Make Chicken Thighs-Gluten Free!

I will just admit this right now–some of you more experienced cooks might be shaking your head at the simplicity of this recipe when you read it. This is definitely basic, beginner level stuff. But basic can be good. Simple can be good. Especially when you are a busy mom!

Chicken thighs are a great cut of meat, because they are very versatile and economical. I can often get a value pack of chicken thighs at my local grocery store for around $.80/pound. That means at about $5, I have enough meat to feed my family for 2 meals, sometimes 3.

My husband isn’t a big fan of chicken thighs though, so I often dress them up by cooking them in either curry sauce or a chipotle cream sauce. Still, sauces take time to make, and sometimes you just need something you can whip up in a hurry.

These thighs take less than 5 minutes to prepare, so you can pop them in the oven and then get back to more pressing matters. Serve with a side salad and you have a meal. The best thing about this recipe is that is is gluten-free, which is important in my house ever since my oldest was diagnosed with a wheat allergy.

I have shied away from baking chicken in the oven because it seemed like every time I did, it never came out as good as I expected. I think I tried to fancy up something when I should have been simplifying it all along. The skin on these cooks up nice and crisp, and the meat is tender and falls off the bone. A winning combination! Even my picky son loved it.

Here is the recipe. Let me know what you think, and I’d love to hear about your favorite way to cook chicken thighs as well!

The Best (and Easiest) Chicken Thigh Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • Chicken thighs with bone and skin
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place chicken thighs in a single layer in glass baking dish.
  3. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 1 hour.
  5. Serve with a salad or your favorite sides.
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  • Tayler

    Sounds simple, but delicious!

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes very simple and yummy! Let me know if you try it 🙂

  • Hannah Rinaldi

    Simple is awesome for busy moms! Thanks for linking up with Share the Wealth Sunday. I’m sharing this on my FB page and blog this week.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes I agree! And thanks so much for the share!

  • Erlene A

    I love baking chicken and this is a great simple recipe. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  • C’mon Get Crafty

    Ironically, this is pretty much how we make ours! We use garlic powder on everything, so that probably isn’t a surprise though. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday!

  • Terri presser

    Sometimes easiest and quickest is best. These sound and look really good, what a great way to use cheap cuts of chicken. Thank you for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings to you and your family.