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Dan-O’s Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Dan-O's Chicken Thighs Recipe Made with Chicken Seasoning

Dan-O's Original Chicken Thighs Recipe Made With Our Chicken Seasoning

The Chicken Thighs Recipe That Started it All

The recipe that started it all! This quick and easy, bone-in, skin-on seasoned chicken thighs recipe is well-known throughout the Dan-O’s community, and a company favorite. Dan-O’s Seasoning was started as a chicken seasoning with this very recipe. This chicken recipe has even gone viral a few times, with several social media celebrities joining in on the fun! All you need is a cast-iron skillet, chicken thighs, and the fresh herbs and spices from Dan-O’s Seasoning! 

20 years ago Dan Oliver, our company’s founder, began experimenting with different seasonings to put on some chicken while he was in college. After years of playing around with different ingredients, Dan created his final version of this seasoning and he used this roasted chicken thighs recipe to test it. That version became what is now known as Dan-O’s Original Seasoning. If you’re interested, read about the full history of our seasoning.

Perfectly Cooked Chicken Thighs With the Perfect Chicken Seasoning

This chicken thighs recipe just requires you to coat the chicken with a little olive oil, and some Dan-O’s Seasoning. You don’t even need salt and pepper or any other seasoning like garlic powder or onion powder. Dan-O’s makes the perfect chicken seasoning. From there, they go in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Many folks think that this might be too long for chicken, but trust it! It takes some time for all the fat to render in the thighs, and the bone and skin keep the chicken nice and juicy. Once they are done, you have a perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family.

Inexpensive Chicken Thighs Recipe That The Whole Family Can Enjoy

And there you have it! Perfectly seasoned, inexpensive chicken thighs with a crispy skin that the whole family can enjoy. No messy oil, no takeout food, and Dan-Good! Not only that, this is the chicken thighs recipe that Dan Oliver created Dan-O’s almost 2 decades ago. Try it out, and let us know how you like it! Also, be sure to check out all of our other chicken recipes on our website and on Youtube using our amazing chicken seasoning. If you really love chicken thighs, check out our article about what makes chicken thighs the best cut of chicken.

Dan-O's Original Chicken Thighs in a skillet

Recipe Ingredients

  • Bone-in, Skin-on Chicken thighs – These are easy to find in just about any grocery store. They are also often less expensive than other types of chicken like chicken breasts.
  • Dan-O’s Original Seasoning – The key ingredient in making these chicken thighs flavor-rich. All of these wonderful ingredients combined make a super tasty herb crust on the outside of the chicken.
  • Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil is the preferred type of oil for the best results and a crispy skin crust.

The Benefits of Eating Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are not only a good source of protein, but they also contain vitamin B, thiamine, vitamin B12, and niacin. Protein helps your body feel fuller and it is fundamental to building muscle. Vitamin B12 gives you more natural energy while niacin helps regulate your body’s metabolism. These chicken thighs are also baked so they are a much healthier alternative than fried chicken.

What to Serve With These Chicken Thighs?

The options for what you serve with these chicken thighs are endless. You could easily serve any type of cooked veggies such as green beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, corn, or more. To add some carbs serve with roasted potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or rice. Check out all of our side dish recipes for more information.

Dan-O's Original Chicken Thighs Plated

Frequently Asked Questions

“How do I tell if my chicken thighs are done?”

The easiest way to tell if your chicken is fully cooked is by using a meat thermometer. This will give an instant readout of the exact temperature of your chicken. Your chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

“What if I don’t have a meat thermometer?”

If you’re cooking any meat you really should get a thermometer. This is an important part of getting an accurate reading on the internal temperature of your chicken. If you don’t have one, just make sure to wait for your oven to be fully pre-heated then leave the chicken in the oven for the full amount of time.

“If my chicken is pink, does that mean it’s not done?”

Not necessarily. Chicken meat, especially dark meat, can look pink even when it is cooked through. The safest way to know if your chicken is cooked to temperature is to use an instant-read meat thermometer.

“What do I do if my chicken thighs are dry?”

Once they are cooked to this point, there’s really no going back; However, you can always add some Dan-Good barbecue sauce to add some flavor.

“Why does baked chicken get tough?”

If your chicken thighs are dry, it is because they are overcooked. While you can’t go back, you can cover your mistake by serving baked chicken thighs in sauce. If you didn’t nail this chicken thighs recipe the first time, don’t worry you can always change it up a little bit.

“Are chicken thighs dark meat?”

Yes, chicken thighs are considered to be dark meat. The chicken breast and wings are classified as white meat.

“Should I wash raw chicken?”

We follow the CDC’s recommendations. The CDC’s website, says “Do not wash raw chicken. During washing, chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops”. For more info, please visit their website.

“Can I use a regular nonstick skillet instead of cast iron?”

Yes, but the handle has to be oven safe. Many pans like this use rubber handles that will not work in an oven. For best results, use a cast-iron skillet. They heat up very evenly and when well oiled, the chicken won’t stick.

Prep Time

20 Mins

Cook Time

1 Hr 30 Mins


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, rub on a bit of olive oil and season your chicken on both sides with Dan-O’s chicken seasoning. 
  2. Cook your chicken thighs skin-up for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Carefully remove the chicken from the oven and Enjoy!

14 Responses

  1. Hey dan-O’s seasoning u just bought the spicy and original one and i love them both, great flavor and smelld good on the salmon, best seasoning ive ever tried…. cant wait to try the other ones

  2. Just came across Dan-O’s Seasoning awhile back, and I must say that it is pretty damn good. I love the fact that it doesn’t have alot of salt, and it pretty much goes good with anything. Thanks for making a great product. #yumyumgetyasum

    1. I wouldn’t use your cast iron on the smoker… the pan itself will hold that smoked flavor for quite a while. I’d smoke it like any other chicken you do on the smoker with it rubbed with the seasoning

  3. Hey, Mr. Dan I am a old Southerner boy and I really enjoy all of your cooking videos. I haven’t been able to order any of your seasons yet. But as soon as I can I will. I’m really glad to see you have done so much for yourself please keep up the good work. God Bless you all.

  4. This was soooo damn awesome!!!!
    The whole family is hooked on all the seasonings.
    Danos absolutely ROCKS 🤘🤘🤘🤘

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