Crackling Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs


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For an easy-as-heck weeknight dinner on a budget, these crackling creole crispy chicken thighs can be thrown together easily and cooked up fast. Chicken thighs are some of the least expensive meats you can purchase, and the dark meat is slightly higher in fat than white meat while also being higher in iron, zinc, and other essential vitamins.

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Cracklin Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs

Crackling Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs

Egg Free/Nut Free/Paleo/Dairy Free Option

Makes 4 Servings
5 net carbs per serving (if you divvy up & eat the onions & garlic too)

Per chicken thigh: 392 calories, 32g fat, 6g carb, 1g fiber, 20g protein

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil for greasing
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp dried oregano
  • ⅛ tsp dried thyme
  • ⅛ tsp dried basil
  • ⅛ tsp dried rosemary
  • ⅛ tsp dried parsley
  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cast iron (or other oven safe) skillet with oil.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and cayenne.Cracklin Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs
  3. Add the chicken and toss to coat.Cracklin Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs
  4. Place the chicken in the prepared skillet, skin side up. Separate the thighs with the quartered onion and then sprinkle the whole garlic cloves throughout the skillet, preferably so that they are touching the bottom.Cracklin Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs
  5. Drizzle the oil over the chicken and then the lemon juice.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear. Baste the thighs with juice from the bottom of the skillet.
  7. Turn the oven to broil and broil for 5 to 10 minutes, watching closely, until the skin has crisped up to your liking.
  8. Remove from the oven, break apart the onion and enjoy the chicken with the onions and caramelized garlic cloves alongside your favorite vegetable.
    Cracklin Creole Crispy Chicken Thighs

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