Crispy Baked Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

Crispy Baked Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

If you haven’t discovered how delicious and easy chicken thighs are, these crispy baked buttermilk chicken thighs are the perfect gateway drug. I’m only partially kidding… When you have a taste of the super crispy flavorful skin and juicy meat inside you’re sure to get hooked!

I love how cheap bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs are, I can usually find them for around $1-$1.50 per pound. This definitely helps to balance out our food budget since I’m also a big fan of $30 per pound steaks as well! 

This recipe for crispy baked buttermilk chicken thighs was inspired by Samin Nosrat, author of one of my favorite books on cooking “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking”. She shares a super simple recipe for a whole roasted chicken. Since I don’t buy whole chickens very often, I made a few changes and use the marinade for chicken thighs instead.

I could ramble on for forever about why this recipe is so good but lets keep it simple with just a few highlights:
  • minimum ingredients needed
  • super affordable
  • easy prep & clean up
  • very little hands-on cooking time
  • goes will with just about any side dish
  • kid approved
  • unbelievably delicious

Try this recipe out next time you’re making chicken for dinner and I promise you’ll be impressed!

Ingredients for Crispy Baked Buttermilk Chicken Thighs:

2.5-3lb bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 cups buttermilk
kosher salt

Optional:
fresh rosemary
pepper
garlic powder

Directions for Crispy Baked Buttermilk Chicken Thighs:

Night Before:

Start the night (or day) before you’re planning to make these. This is a super important step and makes all the difference!

Pat dry chicken thighs and coat generously with kosher salt on all sides.

Place in ziplock bag and add two cups of buttermilk.

Seal and refrigerate overnight.

Day Of:

Remove ziplock bag from refrigerator and allow to sit on the counter and come to room temperature for about an hour. This is a great trick I learned from “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat”. Allowing the chicken to come to room temperature first speeds up baking time (which is great on warm days) and helps the chicken cook more evenly and skin get really crispy!

Preheat oven to 425°.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Remove one chicken thighs from the marinade and either shake off or dab off excess buttermilk using a paper towel.

Arrange chicken thighs skin side up so they aren’t touching on the baking sheet.

Optional: place a few sprigs of fresh rosemary between pieces of meat and sprinkle some pepper (white or cayenne are my favorite) and garlic powder on top of the chicken. (I’ve actually really enjoyed this chicken with nothing but the salt and buttermilk marinade as well!)

Place chicken thighs in hot oven and bake for about 45 minutes until skin is a rich brown color and juices run clear.

The milk solids in the buttermilk quickly caramelize and give the skin a dark roasted color and crispy texture. Don’t be alarmed if the skin looks darker than it normally would, it’s not burned!

***If baking with fresh rosemary sprigs, remove them about halfway through the baking process to avoid a smoky oven!

Serve these crispy baked buttermilk chicken thighs with garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom risotto, or a fresh green salad for a lighter meal. You really can’t go wrong with the sides here because this chicken goes with everything!

happy cooking,

Yuli

Crispy Baked Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 2.5-3lb bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • kosher salt
  • Optional:
  • fresh rosemary
  • pepper
  • garlic powder

Instructions

    Night Before:
  1. Start the night (or day) before you're planning to make these. This is a super important step and makes all the difference!
  2. Pat dry chicken thighs and coat generously with kosher salt on all sides. 
  3. Place in ziplock bag and add two cups of buttermilk.
  4. Seal and refrigerate overnight. 
  5. Day Of:
  6. Remove ziplock bag from refrigerator and allow to sit on the counter and come to room temperature for about an hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 425°.
  8. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  9. Remove one chicken thighs from the marinade and either shake off or dab off excess buttermilk using a paper towel.
  10. Arrange chicken thighs skin side up so they aren't touching on the baking sheet.
  11. Optional: place a few sprigs of fresh rosemary between pieces of meat and sprinkle some pepper (white or cayenne are my favorite) and garlic powder on top of the chicken.
  12. Place chicken thighs in hot oven and bake for about 45 minutes until skin is a rich brown color and juices run clear.
  13. Serve these crispy baked buttermilk chicken thighs with garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom risotto, or a fresh green salad for a lighter meal. You really can't go wrong with the sides here because this chicken goes with everything!
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