Italian Cheese Baked Chicken Thighs (Bone-in)

This chicken is perfect for meal prep Sunday’s or a weeknight dinner. It is easy, delicious, low carb, and more than likely you already have the ingredients in your home; which is something I look forward to!

Invite someone over for dinner and show them how you can slay in the kitchen when really the oven takes care of it for you 🙂

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Total Time 50 minutes
  • Meal type Main dish

Here are the ingredients you will need to prep 6 bone-in chicken thighs                           (Serves 6. If you are prepping less, use less seasoning and cheese)

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  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried crushed basil leaves or ( you can opt for fresh basil leaves finely chopped 1/4 cup)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 6 thighs (bone-in, skin removed, keep minimal fat)

Optional 

  • red pepper flakes (to taste)

Directions 

Step 1 

Preheat the oven 375F.

Step 2

Mix together the cheese, herbs, onion powder and black peppers.

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Step 3

Place butter on a safe microwaveable plate ( 40 seconds). Dip chicken thigh, front and back in butter and cover with cheese mixture and place in a baking dish. Repeat with remaining chicken thighs. Press any remaining cheese/mixture on top of chicken.

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Step 4

Add pinch of pepper flakes on each chicken (optional)

Step 5

Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken has reached the internal temperature of 165F. For the last 5-10 minutes cover with foil to retain moisture.

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Great sides to pair this with this are asparagus and mashed cauliflower. If you are following a low-carb or keto diet then you are very familiar with cauliflower being the GOAT (greatest of all time) for recipes.  It is also quite a booger to shred (rice); so I discovered a great alternative that is located in the freezer isle! Yes, I said freezer isle. I have discovered riced cauliflower and the latest, mashed cauliflower at Wal-mart (the people’s champ) 😉

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Mashed Cauliflower Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size 1/2 cup (120g)                                                                                                                 Servings Per Container about 3

Amount Per Serving:   

Calories 50  Calories from fat 25

Total Fat 3g

Sodium 470 mg

Total Carbohydrates 6g  (Can we say winning!)

Dietary fiber 3g

Sugars 2g

Protein 2g

 

This meal is full of flavor and will be a definite staple in your kitchen! Enjoy 🙂

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