Crispy Cast Iron Chicken Thighs Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Crispy Cast Iron Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Heat your cast iron skillet and get ready to have dinner on the table fast!

When I want perfectly cooked chicken, I take out my cast iron skillet and let it do all the work. These chicken thighs are seasoned, seared on top of the stove and finished in the oven. There is no easier way to cook chicken!

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Why chicken thighs?

Chicken thighs are a staple in our house. My family prefers the dark meat over the white meat so I keep several packages in our freezer at all times. Whenever there is a sale at my grocery store, I am sure to stock up.

Since dark meat has more fat than white meat, the chicken is juicier and has lots of flavor.

While my favorite way is to cook chicken thighs in a cast iron pan, I also like roasting chicken in the oven. Lemon Rosemary Chicken is another favorite of mine that shows up on our dinner table often.

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Why Cook in a Cast Iron Pan?

A cast iron pan is a great tool to produce really crispy skin. The chicken gets seared on the stove and the cast iron skillet is a great tool to sear the chicken so that it has a great crust.

The crust keeps moisture inside the chicken thighs creating the perfect juicy chicken.

My Lodge Cast Iron skillet gets plenty of use in other recipes too. It is great for making sloppy joes, chicken stir fry and even a galette for dessert.

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What side dishes go well with Crispy Cast iron Chicken Thighs?

These chicken thighs are a fairly simple dish so a variety of side dishes can be served with this dinner. If I’m counting calories, I might serve the chicken with roasted lemon asparagus  or a salad.

But if you want a nice hearty meal, mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese work well.

Whatever side dishes you decide on, this crispy chicken will be the star of the dinner table. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

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Crispy Cast Iron Chicken Thighs Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 large Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs, (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  3. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel then sprinkle seasoning over both sides.
  4. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Place chicken thighs into the pan, skin side down and sear for 8 to 10 minutes or until the skin is nice and crispy. Be careful for oil splatters and cover with a guard if desired.
  5. Flip the chicken pieces over using tongs. Transfer the cast iron pan to the oven. Roast for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F when tested with a meat thermometer. 


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 chicken thigh
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 131
Calories 248

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 688mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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