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Easy Marinated Chicken Thighs

Everyone is so busy! Work! School! Kids! Kids’ activities! No one has a lot of spare time. This is a recipe for the busy. Before you run out the door for work or school, take five minutes and give your chicken thighs a little love. You can even prepare them the night before.

This marinade takes about five minutes to whip together and you can let the fridge, and time, work their magic to marinate the chicken. When you come home, you can just put it in the oven and make your sides while it cooks. This recipe can easily be doubled if you have bigger eaters or are cooking for more people. I feel like chicken tonight!

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 3+ hours marinating + 30 – 35 minutes; Serves: 2 – 4 people

What you need:

  • 4 bone-in, skin on, chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican (or regular) oregano
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • salt
  • pepper

What you do:

  • Salt your chicken thighs, both sides
Salt both sides of the chicken thighs
  • In a bowl, add the Greek yogurt
  • Add the cumin, chipotle powder, garlic powder, Mexican oregano
Add to the Greek yogurt, the cumin, chipotle powder, garlic powder, Mexican oregano
  • Add the olive oil
  • Add the lemon juice
Add the olive oil and lemon juice
  • Stir
  • Put the marinade in a large ziplock bag
Put the marinade in a large ziplock bag
  • Add the chicken thighs, squish the marinade around the chicken thighs and turn the thigh to cover in marinade
Add the chicken thighs, coat with the marinade
  • Add the sliced onions
Add the sliced onions
  • Seal bag, trying to get rid of as much air as possible
  • Squish marinade around the chicken and onion slices
Squish the marinade around the chicken thighs and onions, place in fridge for 3 hours to overnight
  • Place in the fridge for 3 hours to all day
  • Preheat your oven to 425ºF
  • Dump the contents of the ziplock bag into a roasting dish, make sure that the chicken is skin side up
Pour contents on a roasting dish and place in oven
  • Cook until chicken is roasted and skin is browned (chicken should be 165ºF), about 30 – 35 minutes

  • Serve and enjoy!
Crispy chicken skin!
Tender and juicy inside
Five minutes of prep!

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