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Parmesan Chicken Thighs: Baked and crispy and delicious

I am a Southern woman and was, therefore, raised on fried chicken from my Granny’s chicken. Back when I was too young to know better, and honestly too thin to care, I thought fried chicken would always be a part of my life. Well, I was wrong, and if I kept eating fried food I might even end up dead wrong. But, these crispy parmesan chicken thighs aren’t fried. They’re baked and crispy and delicious!

I cannot believe how crispy these chicken thighs turn out! They have that crunchy, juicy bite I love in fried chicken. Next, I plan to try this recipe with drumsticks and whole split chicken breasts. I bet the stuffing will add flavor to rather boring breast meat and keep it from drying out.

Ingredients for crispy parmesan chicken thighs:

For the stuffing:

  • 9 chicken thighs (skin on)S
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

For the chicken coating:


Preheat oven 400 F

Make a pocket under the skin of the thigh by taking you thumb on the edge of the the skin and seperate the skin from the meat, leaving a pocket.

In a bowl, mix basil, Parmesan, garlic alt and oil.

Take a teaspoon of the mixture and place under the skin on each chicken thigh.

Baste the thighs with butter. (Recipe calls for 1/4 cup of butter, but you will not use that much if you soften the butter and use a basting brush.)

In another bowl, mix parmesan, parsley, thyme, paprika, and garlic together.

Pour cheese mixture on a plate roll the thighs one at a time into the mixture until thoroughly covered.

Place in an ovenware dish such as a 9X13 Pyrex dish. Pour any left over cheese mixture over thighs and press down.

Place on middle rack of oven and cook for approx 35 to 40 minutes.

Nutritional Information (for 1 thigh):

  • Calories: 163
  • Fat: 11.4 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Protein: 13.5 grams

Tip Time!

Tip #1: Don’t wash or rinse the chicken. Doing so does not reduce the amount of bacteria on the chicken but does increase the rinse of spending that bacteria around your kitchen especially the sink. Instead, pat the chicken dry with a paper towel so that all the goodness of the topping sticks well.

Tip #2: For easy clean up, spray your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray so the chicken doesn’t stick to the sides. This will also prevent you from knocking off the delightful crispies!

Tip #3: For a complete low carb meal serve with roasted asparagus or crispy oven roasted okra. If your daily meal plan allows for a starch, throw some diced baby dutch potatoes onto the pan with your asparagus or okra.

Happy eating, my friends!