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Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe – It’s usually pretty hard for me to get super excited over a chicken dish. But, this Oven baked Chicken Thighs recipe is moist, succulent and delicious beyond words.

Your Family Will Love This Oven Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

This recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Thighs is a huge hit with our family. The chicken is super easy to prepare and can be baked while preparing a side dinner salad or some of our grain free biscuits.

Plus, my grandfather says it’s the best chicken thigh recipe he has ever had! And that tells me, it must be especially delicious.

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How to Make the Best Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Allowing the chicken thighs to marinate for at least 8 hours in the sauce is definitely one of the secrets to the recipe. Of course, if you don’t have the time – I understand. But, if you want the chicken thighs to be perfectly moist, prepare this casserole dish in the morning and bake it right before dinner.

Secondly, the San Marzano tomatoes is every bit as important.

Choosing the Perfectly Tomatoes: San Marzano Tomatoes

What’s the deal with San Marzano tomatoes?  They are the most famous plum tomato to come out of Italy and considered by many cooks to be the best tomatoes to use in a sauce.

Cento Organic San Marzano Tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes have a mild sweet flavor and low acidity and they are coveted for their firm pulp, deep red color, easy to remove skin and low seed count. All of these qualities play a very important role in the oven baked chicken thighs recipe below. I would definitely suggest that you not substitute any old canned tomato!

But believe it or not, all canned San Marzano tomatoes are not created equal. Although Cook’s Illustrated would disagree, I personally prefer Cento brand’s organic San Marzano tomatoes. It is not easy to find the organic variety at the supermarket, but if you use them as much as I do then you can order a pack of 6 from here.

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The Finishing Touch for Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Don’t leave off the finishing touches! Adding either fresh oregano or fresh basil and a few pinches of crushed red pepper are not just afterthoughts.

These seasonings contribute just the right flavor to your oven baked chicken thighs casserole dish.

What to Pair with Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

It’s easy to make a dish like this one in a 1 dish casserole. Here are some of my favorite things to pair with this dish:


Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are moist, succulent & delicious beyond words. This Oven Baked Chicken with San Marzano tomatoes is the BEST!

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  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, like this one
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Unrefined sea salt, to taste
  • 1 can – 28-ounces whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup full-bodied red wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds pasture-raised skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano or basil, chopped
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high; add the onions, carrots and garlic, season with salt and saute until vegetables are soft, about 7 or 8 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and wine and season with a bit more salt. Bring liquid to a boil and then lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set the sauce aside to cool.
  2. Once the sauce is at room temperature, add the chicken thighs. Cover and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Transfer the sauce and chicken to a large baking dish and season with a bit more salt. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, sprinkle the oregano or basil on top and add a few pinches of crushed red pepper. Serve warm.

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More Healthy Chicken Recipes:

I will be honest, chicken is not exciting. So, you can guarantee yourself that when we do use chicken breasts or chicken thighs in recipes, they are going to be delicious. Otherwise, we’d rather make a delicious fish or shrimp recipe instead.

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In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Thursday 11th of March 2021

Made this recipe last night with enough for some leftovers this evening. Very easy to make and had wonderful flavor. Only had boneless chicken breasts on hand. They were very juicy and tender. Will be making this again soon. Thank you for sharing

Aimee Harris Niedosik

Friday 12th of March 2021

Oh Kathie, This is so wonderful to hear. Thank you so much for the lovely comment about our Oven Baked Chicken. Enjoy your leftovers!

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