Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

Garlic butter chicken thighs are easy to make and taste great with your favorite sides. Make this recipe for dinner tonight in just 30 minutes!

It doesn’t take a lot of fancy ingredients to have a delicious meal.

Sometimes, simple is better and can be exactly what you need on a busy weeknight.

Plus, you may already have all of the ingredients on hand you need to make this dish! That makes this chicken recipe the perfect solution when you can’t make it to the grocery store.

Also, if you like simple recipes like this Garlic Buter Chicken Thighs, please try these ones too: Easy Baked Dijon Chicken Thighs, Spicy Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice, Baked Chicken Thighs with Brussel Sprouts and Chicken Thighs and Bell Peppers Skillet.

cooked chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet with a white towel wrapped around the handle

How to make garlic butter chicken thighs

Just sear the meat to get the skin nice and crispy, then bake in a garlic butter sauce. It’s that simple!


  • Chicken thighs – Use bone-in, skin-on to get the outside crispy while keeping the inside moist.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil – Substitute any other neutral cooking oil like avocado, canola, or vegetable.
  • Garlic – Crush fresh cloves or use minced from a jar.
  • Butter
  • Fresh parsley

close of up crispy chicken thighs in a pan topped with fresh parsley


Prep the ingredients

  1. Use a paper towel to pat dry the chicken thighs. This helps the seasoning stick to the meat better.
  2. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Mince the garlic and chop the parsley, then set aside.

Raw chicken thighs with salt and pepper on a plate

Brown the chicken

  1. Add olive oil in a skillet over medium  heat. Place the thighs in a large cast iron skillet and cook until skin is golden brown and crispy.
  2. If you’ll be using a regular nonstick skillet, heat some oil in the pan first before adding the chicken so it doesn’t stick.

raw chicken thighs in a large cast iron skillet

Make garlic butter and bake

  1. On the side of the pan, melt the butter.
  2. Add in the garlic and stir to combine. Cook a little longer, until the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Then, place the skillet in the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Chicken Thighs with crispy skin in a cast iron skillet with butter and garlic

Baste and serve

  1. Remove from the oven and spoon the garlic butter over the chicken a few times to coat it.
  2. Then, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve with your favorite sides.

Storage and reheating

Transfer the chicken to an airtight container within 2 hours for proper food safety. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through. Or, cut the meat off the bone and heat in a pan on the stove in a little bit of oil.

cooked garlic chicken thighs in a skillet with butter

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a regular nonstick skillet instead of cast iron?

Yes, but you’ll need to make sure the handles are oven-proof since the chicken is finished in the oven.

If not, continue cooking the thighs in the pan. Make sure to frequently baste them with the garlic butter to infuse the flavor and prevent the butter from burning.

The meat will be done with it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the juices run clear.

What goes with Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs?

Because these are made with a simple garlic butter sauce, the side dish possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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cooked chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet with a white towel wrapped around the handle

Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

Garlic butter chicken thighs are easy to make and taste great with your favorite sides. Make this recipe for dinner tonight in just 30 minutes!
3.63 from 321 votes


  • 5 chicken thighs - skin on and bone in
  • Salt and black pepper - to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cloves garlic - crushed
  • Fresh parsley - chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
  • Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towel and season all over with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet (10-inch) over medium heat. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down and sear until the skin is golden and crispy. It’s about 5 minutes (they will not be cooked through at this point).
  • Flip your chicken over once the skin is crispy.
  • Place butter in the same skillet. When the butter is melted, add minced garlic. Stir the garlic around the pan for 30 seconds.
  • Place the whole skillet in the oven and bake for 30 mins for until chicken gets the internal temperature at 165°F.
  • When the chicken is cooked, spoon some of the garlic butter sauce over the top of each chicken thigh. Top with parsley before serving.



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Serving: 1/5, Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 130mg, Potassium: 15mg

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Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs