How to Cook Stuffed Chicken Thighs in the Oven

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Stuffing chicken thighs with cheese, herbs and other ingredients creates a moist, juicy dish that's bursting with flavor in every bite. Some butchers and grocers sell stuffed chicken thighs, but you can easily create your own version at home to suit your tastes. If you're making your own, look for boneless thighs; skin-on and skinless are both suitable for this dish. Ham, spinach, feta cheese, Parmesan and aromatics, such as lemon zest, fresh herbs and garlic, are all excellent options for stuffing chicken thighs. Whether you're using a store-bought or homemade version, stuffed chicken thighs cook effortlessly in the oven in about 40 minutes.

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Arrange the stuffed chicken thighs, seam-side down, in a baking dish or rimmed baking sheet. Line the dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean-up, if you wish.

Step 3

Place the chicken in the oven and bake uncovered until the internal temperature reaches 165 F, about 40 minutes. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking dish or sheet

  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper

Tip

If you're using skin-on thighs, you can brown the chicken, skin-side down, in a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat before baking in the oven. This quick trip to the skillet creates delightfully crispy skin.

You can prepare stuffed chicken thighs a day in advance to cut down on work before dinnertime. Store the chicken in the refrigerator and allow them to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes or so prior to baking.

Warning

Always cook chicken to a minimum internal temperature of 165 F to ensure safety.

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