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Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

Garlic butter chicken thighs are easy to make and taste great with your favorite sides. Make this recipe for dinner tonight in just 30 minutes!

It doesn’t take a lot of fancy ingredients to have a delicious meal.

Sometimes, simple is better and can be exactly what you need on a busy weeknight.

Plus, you may already have all of the ingredients on hand you need to make this dish! That makes this chicken recipe the perfect solution when you can’t make it to the grocery store.

How to make garlic butter chicken thighs

Just sear the meat to get the skin nice and crispy, then bake in a garlic butter sauce. It’s that simple!


  • Chicken thighs – Use bone-in, skin-on to get the outside crispy while keeping the inside moist.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil – Substitute any other neutral cooking oil like avocado, canola, or vegetable.
  • Garlic – Crush fresh cloves or use minced from a jar.
  • Butter
  • Fresh parsley


Prep the ingredients

  1. Use a paper towel to pat dry the chicken thighs. This helps the seasoning stick to the meat better.
  2. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Mince the garlic and chop the parsley, then set aside.

Brown the chicken

  1. Add olive oil in a skillet over medium  heat. Place the thighs in a large cast iron skillet and cook until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
  2. If you’ll be using a regular nonstick skillet, heat some oil in the pan first before adding the chicken so it doesn’t stick.

Make garlic butter and bake

  1. On the side of the pan, melt the butter.
  2. Add in the garlic and stir to combine. Cook a little longer, until the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Then, place the skillet in the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Baste and serve

  1. Remove from the oven and spoon the garlic butter over the chicken a few times to coat it.
  2. Then, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve with your favorite sides.

Frequently asked questions

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

Yes, but you’ll need to make sure the handles are oven-proof since the chicken is finished in the oven.

If not, continue cooking the thighs in the pan. Make sure to frequently baste them with the garlic butter to infuse the flavor and prevent the butter from burning.

The meat will be done with it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the juices run clear.

What goes with Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs?

Because these are made with a simple garlic butter sauce, the side dish possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sauteed or roasted vegetables
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Potato salad
  • Broccoli salad
  • Cauliflower potato salad
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Tossed green salad
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Pasta salad
  • Zucchini noodles

Storage and reheating

Transfer the chicken to an airtight container within 2 hours for proper food safety. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


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