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Simply Baked Chicken #Paleo #Recipe

It feels like my days just get busier and busier lately. We’ve been clearing out our basement in preparation for my mother-in-law coming to stay with us, and I’d forgotten just how many boxes of stuff are stacked down there. Don’t judge me, but I know some of them haven’t been opened since I packed them the last time we moved 5 years ago. I’ve been wanting to declutter for a long time. Not like this of course, but silver linings, right?

At any rate, I just haven’t had much energy lately for any kind of fancy cooking or experimentation. These days anything I cook needs to be really, really easy and require minimal preparation. Well folks, this is both! I call it Simply Baked Chicken because, well, it is.

This simply baked chicken is incredibly quick and easy to prepare. You'll love the crispy skin! (paleo, gluten-free, Whole30)

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Put 10 to 12 chicken thighs or drumsticks with the skin on in a large mixing bowl and toss with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons each of garlic powder, chili powder, dried basil, ground black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated in the oil and seasonings. Lay the chicken pieces skin side up in a single layer in a baking dish and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

While the chicken’s baking, take the opportunity to prepare your side dishes or veggies. May I suggest roasted cauliflower or coconut mashed sweet potatoes?

My favourite part is the skin. It’s so flavourful and crispy fresh out of the oven! I usually do a double batch so there’s lots of chicken left over for hubs to take to work, and lunch for me and the girls the next day. Still very tasty, but the skin loses its crispy crackle after sitting in the fridge overnight.

This recipe is so easy to make and everyone loves it!

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Simply Baked Chicken


  • 10 chicken thighs skin on
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place chicken in a large mixing bowl and add olive oil and spices. Mix well so chicken pieces are evenly coated.
  • Lay chicken skin side up in a baking dish and cook for 50-60 minutes or until done. Skin should be crispy and golden brown.
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  • I like that you added added a little chili powder to the recipe, it just adds a little something to the chicken.

  • YUM! Just curious, what do you use to insert the recipe into your posts? Thanks for sharing at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

  • Sounds like the perfect recipe for those busy days, as you said. My family would love this! Good luck with your declutter; when you’re done, you can come help me!! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks so much for linking up to Delicious Dish Tuesday this week!!

  • In my view, simple is always best, and it definitely doesn’t get much better than this πŸ™‚

  • I have to confess that I love crispy chicken skin! The chili powder in the seasoning sounds really good, Olivia! Thank you for sharing. Lately I’ve been in need of super easy recipes too.

    • Maybe it’s that time of the year too? I definitely feel like I just don’t have the kind of time I used to.

  • Looks absolutely heavenly! I love a good baked chicken!

    You’re being featured today on Tasty Tuesdays!!

  • This ‘Simply Baked Chicken’ sounds so good that I intend to try it this coming week. Thank you for a simple and timely recipe.

  • I’ve never really done just plain chicken thighs. This makes me want to give it a try. (Good luck on the decluttering!)

    • Thanks, Deanna! The beauty of these is that they’re very simple, but don’t taste plain at all. Give them a try, I bet you’ll like them!

  • This looks excellent! I’m going to need to scrounge up some dinner…this is making me hungry!

  • I really want to try this with your coconut sweet potato recipe! I like how moist the chicken looks in the pictures, I hope mine come out just as moist.

  • I’ve been looking for a good chicken recipe and I found this one.I’m going to cook it tomorrow night.I love the sound of this one with the chili powder in it to give it a little kick.Thanks for posting this.

  • This looks so simple to make and delicious!! I am loving all your recipes I am finding more! πŸ˜‰

  • This recipe looks awesome! We are always cooking chicken, definitely going to give this one a try – pinned it to my Poultry board. Thank you for linking up #GetHimFed Fridays, hope to see you tomorrow. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  • I’m so glad you’re keeping the skin on in this recipe too. It makes me cry when someone takes it off. Lol. Chicken thighs are my favorite part!

  • This was so easy and so good! I baked potatoes with it and roasted brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and carrots on a sheet pan. Thanks for the great recipe!