Whole30 + Keto Crispy Chicken Thighs
Whole30 + Keto Crispy Chicken Thighs Recipe – the easiest, no mess way to make perfectly crispy and golden brown chicken thighs every single time! Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating, real food.
Crispy skin chicken thigh lovers unite! I have got the perfect whole30 + keto crispy chicken thighs recipe for you that is going to make you love them even more. It is no mess, and the chicken thighs turn out perfect EVERY TIME!
Chicken thighs are ideal for the keto diet because they have a higher fat content than other cuts of chicken. Much better for your keto macros, and to help you to reach and remain in ketosis. I’m sure to always use humanely raised, organic, hormone + antibiotic free chicken that I get from ButcherBox (which I highly recommend!). I get whole chickens that I break down myself.
How To Make Whole30 + Keto Crispy Chicken Thighs
The secret to perfect crispy chicken thighs is to cook them on a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack set in it. You roast them in the oven, where they get ultra crispy and perfect every single time!
It is really important to use the wire rack in your baking sheet for these. It serves 2 purposes:
- The rimmed baking sheet allows the air to circulate all around the chicken, getting all of the skin as crispy as can be.
- A lot of fat and chicken juice will drip off the chicken as it roasts. The rimmed baking sheet keeps the chicken thighs up above the dripping juices, and prevents it from getting soggy!
The other bonus, is that it is no mess and no cleanup! Before, when I would sear chicken thighs in my cast iron skillet, fat would splatter all over and leave me quite the mess to cleanup. And sometimes leave me with splatter marks, ouch! Oven roasting is much better.
Serving Whole30 + Keto Crispy Chicken Thighs
I love serving them warm, topped with one of my favorite homemade sauces, like my pesto, chimichurri, orange parsley sauce, pesto aioli or lemon garlic aioli. All of those sauces are whole30 + keto, and add even more fat to the dish to help you reach your macros!
I have reheating instructions in the recipe so you can reheat them the next day and still have crispy skin!
Whole30 + Keto Crispy Chicken Thighs
- 6-8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (I get my organic, hormone + antibiotic free chicken from ButcherBox which I highly recommend!)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- Preheat your oven to 425ºF.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Set in the wire rack.
- Season both sides of the chicken thighs, then place on the wire rack over the rimmed baking sheet.
- Roast for 40-45 minutes, until the skin is crispy and golden brown, and the chicken has an internal temperature of at least 165ºF.
- Rest for 5 minutes, then serve warm.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 5 days. You can reheat in a 425ºF oven for 10-15 minutes until warm and the skin is crispy again.
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20 Comments on “Whole30 + Keto Crispy Chicken Thighs”
These chicken thighs are so good and so satisfyingly crispy! I never really cared for bone-in skin on thighs until I made this. I obviously didn’t know how to cook them properly because this is just so good and I love the simplicity of the seasoning. Perfect with some roasted veggies and such an easy dinner which I am ALL ABOUT these days!
So glad you liked it Angela!
These are perfect every time! Never cooking them any other way!
I just love to hear that they turned out perfect each time you have made them Amanda.
We absolutely love this simple crispy skinned chicken recipe!!!
I also love it for its simplicity and the crispy skin, oh my I love that Adena!
Made these tonight. So easy. Made sure they were dry and seasoned well. Came as crispy as promised. I’m not a huge fan of thighs but these were delicious.
Once you learn how to cook them correctly they come out so juicy and tender Johnna. I was just like you and preferred the chicken breasts, but now I prefer thighs. So yummy and budget friendly. So glad you enjoyed them!
This recipe is perfection! The chicken thighs could not have been any better. And that skin! Mmmm
I agree, the crispy skin is the absolute best Eileen!
This was such a great technique for chicken thighs! So simple and absolutely perfect taste and texture.
I am so glad you liked my chicken thighs Rebecca! I love the way the skin gets so crispy, it’s a real game changer. I am so happy it was simple with perfect taste and texture. What a fantastic compliment. You made my day!
I used to make a crispy chicken that required MANY ingredients, including flour. It was time consuming. I love the simplicity of this recipe. Yet it tastes delicious and it’s a new favourite in my house. Even my husband and said ‘stop making that other one, it takes too long & this is tasty’. Winner Winner.
Thank you so much for your very nice comments Jeanie! I am so happy you like my chicken thighs! Isn’t it amazing how simple the recipe is? I love how crisp the skin gets. So thrilled your husband likes it!
Best kitchen hack ever to cook all in the oven. My chicken came out Perfect and delicious! I will never fry on the stove top again.
I am so happy you liked my chicken thighs Courtney! Isn’t it the best cooking them in the oven? So glad it came out perfect and delicious!
This with the chimichurri sauce is AMAZING!!! Even my husband wanted to pack it for his lunches for the week which means it must have been to die for!
I am so pleased that you liked this Emily! I love a recipe that is husband approved. I agree, they are fantastic with chimichurri sauce.
Super easy and amazing flavor. I only had 4 chicken thighs, my husband wished he was allowed more than 1. I can see him adding this recipe to thing he can cook in the future.
That is so great that your husband wanted seconds. I am so happy you enjoyed the flavor Jennifer.