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Cast iron skillet with cooked chicken thighs inside.

Cast Iron Chicken Thighs Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stove Top + Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Cast Iron Chicken Thighs – learn how to make the BEST cast iron chicken thigh recipe! So simple and so delicious!


  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (sub avocado oil)


  1. Prep Chicken + Oven: Place chicken thighs on a plate. Pat dry with clean paper towel. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and ground black pepper*. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Sear Chicken: Place a large cast iron skillet on the stove-top and bring to medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of oil to the pan, just enough to lightly coat the bottom. Once the pan is hot (it should sizzle if you flick some water on it) place the chicken thighs skin-side down into the pan and let sear 3-5 minutes or until the skin is nice and brown. 
  3. Oven Finish: Flip the chicken thighs over and then move the skillet to the oven (middle rack and uncovered). Let cook 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked (165 degree internal temperature). 
  4. Rest + Serve: Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.