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25 September 2015

A mouthwatering recipe for chicken thighs, seasoned with a Cajun flair, then seared and baked with peppers and potatoes.

Have you ever cooked with chicken thighs? No? It’s time to start!

Chicken thighs are delicious and a dark meat alternative to the more traditional chicken breast meal you might be used to. Because they are dark meat, they have a higher fat content, so you’re upping your calorie intake a bit.

However!

Because of that fat content, they are much more forgiving in the pan and in the oven if you accidentally leave them in a bit too long. Chicken breast can become dry if you don’t watch them carefully. Not so with chicken thighs, especially baked chicken thighs.

Chicken thighs love you, and you will love them back.

And! Did I mention chicken thighs are affordable? I almost want to say cheap!

Seriously, for right around a buck a pound, you’ll get yourself a huge meal for an extremely reasonable price. You’ll pay even LESS by the pound if you purchase the whole chicken, but today we just want those outstanding chicken thighs.

Cajun Baked Chicken Thighs - Recipe

OK, maybe the chicken wings for some chicken wing recipes, but that is for next time!

We went the Cajun route with a spicy Homemade Cajun Seasoning blend, gave them a nice and hot sear to get the skins a bit crispy, then baked them with small yellow potatoes, diced Cubanelle chili peppers (great sweet peppers!), some garlic, and a bit of chicken broth.

Super easy! I’m serious. SUPER easy. I like that.

Maybe next time I can prepare some with a superhot chili pepper rub. Yes! Once they’re done, just squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top for that pop of citrus. It will liven things up. Party time! Enjoy!

Cajun Baked Chicken Thighs

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If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Cajun Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

A mouthwatering recipe for chicken thighs, seasoned with a Cajun flair, then seared and baked with peppers and potatoes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, chicken thighs, recipe, spicy
Servings: 2
Calories: 972 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs bone in, skin on
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cajun seasonings Or use a nice chili pepper blend
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 Cubanelle peppers chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 12-16 small baby potatoes
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Chopped parsley for serving
Instructions
  1. Combine spices in a small bowl.
  2. Pat dry the chicken thighs and rub them down with the spice rub. Be sure to get under the skins and on the skins as well. Let them sit for about 20 minutes or so at room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium heat and add a couple tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Sear the chicken thighs 5 minutes each side. Remove to a plate to hold them.
  6. To the pan, add onion and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook a minute more. Be sure to stir.
  7. Add white wine to deglaze. Be sure to stir up the brown bits from the bottom. Let the wine reduce until it is almost gone.
  8. Add chicken brothand bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  9. Add chicken thighs back to the pan along with the baby potatoes.
  10. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. It should measure at least 165 degrees F internal temperature.

  11. Remove from heat, cool slightly, then squeeze lemon juice over the thighs.
  12. Top with parsley and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Cajun Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 972 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 794mg 33%
Potassium 2806mg 80%
Total Carbohydrates 98g 33%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 8g
Protein 48g 96%
Vitamin A 72.5%
Vitamin C 131.2%
Calcium 12.4%
Iron 40.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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