Savory Roasted Chicken thighs

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This recipe includes

chicken Chicken thighs or drumsticks
parsley Dried Parsley leaves
Basil Dried basil herb
paprika Smoked paprika powder
chilli powder Red chilli powder
garlic powder Garlic powder
onion powder Onion powder
turmeric Turmeric powder
cayenne pepper (Optional) Cayenne pepper
salt and pepper Salt and pepper

Why we love it

Chicken is the ultimate in comfort food, but plain chicken can get boring at times. This delicious poulet aux épices adds a ton of herbs and spices a traditional oven-baked chicken to make a savory dish that everyone will love.

Chicken with spice rub, ready for the oven
Chicken with spice rub, ready for the oven

Now, I’m using chicken thighs here but you can use any drumsticks or any boneless chicken as you wish. It is a lean and healthy meat dish, with plenty of protein.

Flavorsome enough for a dinner with friends and family, it is also great for a weeknight meal when you’re in a rush.

What to serve with it?

This roasted chicken can be served with just about any side like these sautéed lyonnaise potatoes or a mushroom and pasta gratin. It can also be served with a sauce like this French mayonnaise.


What drinks to serve with it?

For drinks, you can pair this savory roasted chicken with a white wine from Burgundy like Chablis.

If you don’t like white wine, try a red wine like a Médoc from Bordeaux. You can read more about French wines here.


How to store it?

This savory roasted chicken can easily be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge for a few days. Let it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container so that it doesn’t dry out.

If you want to freeze it, I recommend doing so before the chicken is cooked. Place the marinade and the chicken drumsticks in a large freezer bag, and lay the drumsticks flat in the freezer (not lying on top of each other).


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Savory Roasted Chicken

Nassie Angadi
Bake savory roasted chicken thighs quickly in the oven, with this easy recipe that makes a healthy and delicious dinner.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main dishes
Cuisine World
Servings 4
Calories 440 kcal


  • 4-6 chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the spices together.
  • Add the chicken thighs into the bowl and rub each one generously with the spice mixture.
  • Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow it to marinate.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven for 400°F (200°C)
  • Place the chicken in a cooking tray and cook for 35 minutes, flipping the chicken over every 10 minutes or until the chicken looks golden brown and cooked.
  • Serve while warm, with a slice of lemon.


Serving: 1gCalories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 47gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 399mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g

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Keyword chicken, herbs, oven baked, spices
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