Crispy Spice Rubbed Chicken Thighs- I made these for dinner tonight and they were incredible!


2 or 3 lb package skin-on bone-in chicken thighs (about 5 pieces)

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground chipotle pepper

2 tsp yellow curry powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1.5 tsp sea salt

olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Stir to combine the ginger, chipotle pepper, curry powder, paprika, garlic powder, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cayenne, cumin, and salt.

Trim the excess fat from the chicken thighs (any part that overhangs the main piece). Rub the chicken thighs all over with the spice rub.

Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium heat and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan (about 2 tbsp). Cook the chicken thighs skin side down (in a single layer) for 10 minutes, until the skin gets crispy (and if the skin isn’t golden brown and crispy after 10 minutes, cook it for a few minutes longer). Flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes, then transfer the skillet to the oven to cook for additional 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and has reached an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe found here. I tweaked it a bit for boneless skinless chicken thighs and changed a couple of the spices based on what I had on hand, and it still came out perfectly. It's so juicy and flavorful.