You're going to love these Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs! They're seasoned with dry rub, then completely cooked in a skillet, making them crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside. This is an easy weeknight dinner recipe that comes together in about 25 minutes total!
More chicken?! That's right! These pan-seared chicken thighs are the easiest weeknight dinner, and they're made in one skillet so clean-up is a breeze!
See, I used to find chicken bland and boring, but not anymore! I've developed a repertoire of go-to chicken recipes, such as my air fryer chicken thighs and Instant Pot whole chicken, both of which are anything but boring.
- A quick weeknight dinner that's ready in just 25 minutes
- Made with an easy, flavorful dry rub
- Pan-seared to perfection so the skin is crispy but the chicken is juicy
This list is to provide further clarification on a few of the ingredients; the full ingredient list is below in the recipe card.
Chicken thighs - I tested this recipe using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs; you can use boneless, skinless chicken but you'll have to adjust the cook time (see notes below)
Olive oil - Can also sub avocado oil, butter or ghee if you prefer
Broth - Chicken or vegetable
Step 1: Heat oil. Start by heating the oil/butter in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. We want the oil to be hot by the time we add the chicken.
Step 2: Make the dry rub. Next, combine all of the dry rub ingredients in a bowl, then use your hands to rub the dry rub all over the chicken thighs, making sure they're completely coated.
Step 3: Cook the chicken. Place the chicken skin side down in the skillet, then cover it with a lid and cook for 7 minutes. Then, flip the chicken over, place the lid back on and continue cooking for 8-12 minutes.
The final step is to reduce the heat to medium-low, then add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute before pouring in the broth to scrape up any brown bits from the pan.
Tips and tricks
-Use a deep skillet, and one large enough to fit all 4 chicken thighs without over-crowding the pan.
-Always start by cooking the skin so it gets nice and crispy, then flip it over so it can continue to cook all the way through.
-Once you place the chicken in the skillet, do NOT move it around; the skin will get crispy if it sits in the same place for the first 7 minutes.
Yep! You'll follow the exact same steps, but reduce the cook time. If you're going this route, cook the chicken for 5 minutes on the first side, then 6-7 minutes on the second side.
After you add the broth, you'll be left with a "sauce" made from broth, garlic and the seasoning that you can spoon over the chicken, which results in an incredibly moist chicken recipe. You could also whip up my chipotle aioli to pair with it.
Store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place chicken in a baking dish, along with some chicken broth, and cook in the oven at 350° until it's reheated. PureWow has a great article on how to reheat chicken.
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Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs
- 2 lbs. chicken thighs bone-in, with skin
- 2 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2/3 cup chicken broth
- fresh parsley for garnish chopped, optional
- Add oil or ghee to a large, heavy-bottomed skillet/cast iron/dutch oven and heat over medium heat.
- While it's heating up, make the dry rub: combine salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, parsley, oregano, and pepper in a bowl. Next, pat the chicken thighs dry, then rub the dry rub over them until they're completely coated.
- Place chicken skin side down in the skillet, then cover with a lid. Cook chicken for 7 minutes, then flip over, place the lid back on and cook for an additional 8-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, then add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute before pouring in the chicken broth to remove any brown bits from the skillet. Top with chopped fresh parsley (optional), and use a spoon to spoon the chicken broth/garlic mixture over the chicken. Enjoy!