Oven Baked Chicken

Oven Baked Chicken

If you love takeout fried chicken, you’ll love this mess-free recipe that’s a crispy, oven-baked alternative. The secret to this baked chicken recipe is adding the chicken to a baking dish that’s already hot. This ensures the chicken starts cooking immediately and helps create a crispy, crackly skin that’s even better than your takeout favorite.


  • 5 bone-in chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 onion, chopped (brown, white, or yellow)
  • 2 cloves garlic (large), minced
  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups (270g) uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) chicken broth/stock, hot (I microwave)
  • 1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water, hot (tap is fine)


  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Black pepper


  • Oil spray oil spray
  • Fresh thyme leaves or finely chopped parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Scatter onion and garlic in a baking dish (about 10 x 15″ / 25 x 35 cm), then place butter in the center. Bake for 15 minutes (check at 12 minutes, mix if some bits are browning too much).
  3. Meanwhile, mix together Chicken Rub. Sprinkle on both sides of the chicken.
  4. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Add rice then mix.
  5. Place chicken on rice. Then pour chicken broth and water around the chicken.
  6. Cover with foil, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, spray chicken with oil (optional, gives chicken nicer finish), then bake for a further 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  7. Stand for 5 minutes, then remove chicken and fluff up the rice. Garnish with parsley or thyme if desired, serve and enjoy!

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