Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Charred Rosemary is a healthy baked chicken recipe that you make in one pan, for an easy weeknight dinner! Gluten free, low carb, paleo, and Whole30 compliant.
Ahh yes, it’s roasting season. Roast veggies, roast beef, roast nuts, and of course, roast chicken. This recipe is proof that you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a flavor packed meal. This is all thanks to the power of FRESH HERBS.
Rosemary is one of my favorite fresh herbs to use when I want to add big, bold flavor without much effort.
It smells SO awesome when it’s cooking, too. It doesn’t take more than two minutes to strip the leaves off of the woody stem and fry them in a pan. Trust me, you will be SO happy you spent the time to do it.
Ingredients for herb roasted chicken
- Bone-in chicken thighs, with skin– If you prefer white meat, this recipe works fine using bone-in chicken breasts. Depending on their size, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
For the Greek herb dressing:
- fresh rosemary – Health Perk: Rosemary is actually rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to boost the immune system and blood circulation. Real food medicine!
- olive oil, or any neutral flavor, high smoke point oil, like refined avocado oil.
- fresh lemons, for juice and slicing
- balsamic vinegar
- garlic cloves, or jarred minced garlic
- dried oregano
- shallots or substitute with slices of yellow onion
- fresh Italian (leaf) parsley
- sea or kosher salt and black pepper
How to make Greek roasted chicken thighs
- Set your oven to preheat and prep the chicken.
Do you know?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to rinse raw poultry before cooking it. As a matter of fact, when you run water over it, the bacteria moves from the bird right into your sink.
Save yourself an extra cleaning task and just use paper towels to dry off the chicken thighs!
While you’re waiting for the oven to preheat, set the chicken aside so that it can come to room temperature. If it’s too cold, it won’t brown well.
- Char the rosemary.
Place rosemary sprigs in dry skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat. Dry fry them in the pan until the leaves are fragrant and charred, about 3-4 minutes.
Why char/dry fry the herbs?
Dry frying fresh herbs is a great way to release the natural oils, which infuses more flavor into whatever it’s cooking with!
For this recipe, that infusion of flavor means you don’t have to marinate the chicken. Time saver for the busy weeknight win!
- Make the Greek dressing.
Strip rosemary leaves from stems and place in medium size mixing bowl. Add remaining dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Sear the chicken thighs.
Be sure to leave some space between the pieces so that they brown rather than steam.
Tip – Don’t flip the chicken over until it releases itself naturally from the pan. This will happen when the skin releases enough fat into the pan
- Cover chicken with Greek dressing and bake.
Pour off the majority of the fat from the pan, but keep a tablespoon of it in the pan for moisture.
If you like extra crispy skin, you can, broil at 500°F. for the final 1-2 minutes. Internal temperature should reach 165°F. at the thickest part of the chicken thighs. Be sure to prevent the probe from touching any bones.
Let the meat rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh diced parsley.
Winner winner flavorful chicken dinner! This recipe is a keeper and perfect for any time of year. That, I promise.