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Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs with garlic and sesame oil are incredibly flavorful, loaded with sweet and sour and umami flavors. These tender yet crispy boneless chicken thighs are easy to prepare and are a perfect meal prep recipe.

Close up image of Asian Boneless Baked Chicken Thighs with green onion sprinkled on top and some limes

If you’re a fan of Asian food, all things teriyaki, sweet and sour sticky chicken, and/or garlic is your jam, these Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs are right up your alley!

They are so easy to prepare, turn out nice and tender, and contain all the flavors of the rainbow.

Tangy, sweet, sour, umami, with the tiniest kick, these tender chicken thighs are just so palate-pleasing!

Just like my Baked Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe, all we do to make this easy baked chicken thighs recipe is to marinate the chicken in our delicious chicken marinade, then bake! 

Let’s dive into the ingredients for this easy recipe!

Horizontal photo of Asian baked chicken thighs in a black casserole dish

Ingredients for Asian Boneless Chicken Thighs:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: The star of the show here! Pick up 2 ½ to 3 pounds of boneless skinless thighs from the store. Skinless boneless chicken thighs are one of those goof-proof ingredients, as they have decent fat content to keep them nice and tender, they cook very quickly, and you still get a golden crust, even without skin.

Plus, there are so many different ways you can prepare boneless thighs. Chicken Adobo, Honey garlic chicken thighs or bbq sauce, anyone? Dark meat contains so much rich flavor that it doesn’t need a huge amount of doctoring to make it taste great, but trust me, you’re going to love this marinade for all types of animal protein!

You can also use bone-in chicken thighs or boneless chicken breasts if you prefer them! You will need to bake bone-in thighs or chicken breasts slightly longer, but you’ll end up with tender, amazing, best results.

Avocado Oil & Sesame Oil: Avocado oil and a touch of sesame oil add richness of flavor to the chicken marinade. Because sesame oil has a very potent flavor, you don’t need very much. If you love sesame oil, you can ramp up the amount if you’d like.

Fish Sauce: While fish sauce may seem intimidating if you’ve never tried it, it adds to the richness, salt content, and umami flavors of the dish. It is customarily used in many Asian dishes, so I recommend picking some up if you enjoy cooking Asian food at home. It doesn’t take very much to add a great deal of flavor, so do be sure to measure it!

Fresh Garlic: Loads of garlic bring so much flavor to these tasty baked boneless chicken thighs! If you love garlic, feel free to increase the amount, or you can replace it with 1 tablespoon of garlic granules or garlic powder.

Pure Maple Syrup: A small amount of pure maple syrup brings a lovely sweetness and stickiness to the marinade, which brings that iconic teriyaki flavor to these thighs. You can replace the pure maple syrup with brown sugar if you’d like.

Coconut Aminos (or Liquid Aminos): In case you aren’t familiar with coconut aminos, it is used as a soy-free replacement for soy sauce. If you do cook with soy, feel free to swap the coconut aminos with liquid aminos or soy sauce. If you make this switch, don’t add salt to the marinade, because both fish sauce and soy sauce have a great deal of sodium.

Sriracha (optional): A little sriracha adds just the slightest kick. The way I have the recipe written, the chicken is not spicy. Nevertheless, if you prefer very mild food, omit the sriracha. On the flipside, if you love spicy food, increase the amount of sriracha to your personal taste.

Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar adds that sour tang that is so delicious in Asian-style foods. You can also use cider vinegar or lime juice if you prefer. 

Sea Salt: Because fish sauce and coconut aminos (or soy sauce) contain a decent amount of salt, you don’t need a huge amount of additional kosher salt. If you prefer your food less salty, don’t add the salt to the marinade and instead salt the chicken after it has finished baking if you feel it needs some. Also feel free to add black pepper or cayenne pepper to taste.

Now that we’ve covered the ingredients for these juicy chicken thighs, let’s make them!

Top down image of whole casserole dish of baked chicken thighs with limes and brown napkin off to the side

How to Make Asian Boneless Baked Chicken Thighs:

Add all of the ingredients for the marinade (everything but the chicken) to a small bowl and whisk until well-combined.

Place chicken thighs in a zip lock bag or a small container along with the marinade, seal it, and slosh it around until the chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, ideally several hours (up to 24 hours).

When you’re ready to bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Transfer the chicken thighs, including the marinade to a large casserole dish.

Bake the chicken thighs on one of the rack that’s close to the heat element (I do 3rd rack from the top) for 20 minutes, or until it is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

The best way to make sure the chicken is fully cooked, and to avoid over cooking it, use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature of the chicken.

If you’d like the chicken to have the glazed, caramelized effect, remove the chicken from the oven then baste it using the drippings in the pan with a spoon (or baster if you have one). 

Place the chicken back in the oven and change it to the High Broil setting. Broil for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken is deeply golden-brown. If you’re using bone-in thighs, the cooking time will be slightly longer in order to get crispy skin.

Serve the baked chicken thighs with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy!

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Photo of Asian baked chicken thighs in a casserole dish with green onion slices and slices of lime

How Long To Bake Boneless Chicken Thighs?:

At 425 degrees Fahrenheit, it will take about 20 minutes to bake boneless skinless chicken thighs.

The best way of ensuring the chicken is not overcooked or undercooked is by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh to read the temperature.

Chicken is considered fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

How to Get Crispy Chicken Skinless Thighs:

While boneless skinless chicken thighs don’t have skin to get that yummy crisp, they can still turn out crispy!

To do so, use the High Broil setting on your oven to broil them for 3 to 8 minutes, or until they are crispy. Be sure to place them on a shelf that is near the top, but not all the way at the top. I go with the third shelf down. 

Keep a close watch on the thighs, as the high broil setting is very hot and it is easy for food to burn when left unattended.

Baked chicken thighs in a casserole dish. Golden-brown crispy thighs

And that’s it! Everything you need to know about making mouth-watering delicious oven baked boneless chicken thighs!

What to Serve with Chicken Thighs:

Here are my top recommendations for side dishes to make alongside these Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Make these dreamy thighs on repeat!

Close up image of Asian Boneless Baked Chicken Thighs with green onion sprinkled on top and some limes

Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Amazing flavorful, tender yet crispy sweet, sour and savory Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs are so easy to make and even easier to put on repeat!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Add all of the ingredients for the marinade (everything but the chicken) to a small bowl and whisk until well-combined.

    Marinade ingredients for chicken thighs in a measuring cup

    2. Place chicken thighs in a zip lock bag or a small container along with the marinade, seal it, and slosh it around until the chicken is coated in marinade.

    Chicken thighs and marinade in a zip lock bag.

    3. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, ideally several hours (up to 24 hours).

    Chicken sealed in a zip lock bag in marinade

    4. When you’re ready to bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Transfer the chicken thighs, including the marinade to a large casserole dish. Bake the chicken thighs on one of the rack that’s close to the heat element (I do 3rd rack from the top) for 20 minutes, or until it is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to make sure the chicken is fully cooked, and to avoid over cooking it, use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature of the chicken.

    Chicken thighs in a casserole dish in marinade, waiting to go into the oven

    5. If you’d like the chicken to have the glazed, caramelized effect, remove the chicken from the oven then baste it using the drippings in the pan with a spoon (or baster if you have one). 

    6. Place the chicken back in the oven and change it to the High Broil setting. Broil for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken is deeply golden-brown. If you're using bone-in thighs, the cooking time will be slightly longer in order to get crispy skin.

    Finished baked chicken thighs in a casserole dish all golden brown and delicious

    7. Serve the baked chicken thighs with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy! Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

*You can use liquid aminos or soy sauce in place of coconut aminos

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 Thigh
Amount Per Serving Calories 285Total Fat 15gCarbohydrates 5gSugar 2gProtein 30g
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Jan

Monday 16th of May 2022

I just tried this and used soy sauce with brown sugar instead of aminos and maple syrup, and it tastes fantastic! Thank you for this versatile recipe, the marriage of acids and umami really elevated the chicken, especially with a little squeeze of lime just before serving. Adding this to my list of favourites!

Julia

Tuesday 17th of May 2022

I'm so thrilled you enjoy it! Thanks so much for reporting back with your changes! xo

Jody

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

If using coconut aminos, how much sodium per serving?

Denise

Monday 21st of March 2022

Just made this with boneless, skinless breasts - absolutely delicious! Family said it’s a “Make Again”?

Julia

Monday 21st of March 2022

I'm so happy to hear that! I haven't tried the recipe using breasts yet, so it's so great to know it turns out well. Appreciate the feedback! xoxo

Lynn

Monday 21st of March 2022

These look delish! Can’t wait to try them. BTW, who makes the dish in the pictures?

Lynn

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

@Julia, Thank you! I love Swiss Diamond pots & pans.

Julia

Monday 21st of March 2022

Hi Lynn! The roasting dish is made by Swiss Diamond. You can find it here!: https://amzn.to/36wDHOq

Terry

Monday 21st of March 2022

Found it in the text, just not in the printed recipe. 2.5 to 3 pounds.

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