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Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time27 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: chicken thighs, seared chicken thighs
Servings: 4
Calories: 507kcal
Author: Erin


  • 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!



*Calories are an estimation and are per serving
-To make with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, reduce the cook time: cook for 5 minutes on the first side and 6-7 minutes on the second until the internal temperature reaches 165° 
-Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days


Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 901mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg