I Tried the TikTok-Famous Crispy Chicken Thighs and They’re a Real Winner

Sweet, 盐y, garlicky, citrusy, and crispy.

Woman holding a bowl filled with rice and chicken

云杉吃了/莎拉·丹 / Amelia Manley

I am a proud, bone-in, skin-on chicken thigh enthusiast. 我的人生座右铭是 大腿拯救生命, and I believe in this sentiment wholeheartedly. 肉的颜色更深, 更丰富的, and tastier than any chicken breast I’ve ever eaten, so why would I bother with any cut besides a chicken thigh? 

当我听到风声 @royaleeats’ 蜂蜜 garlic lemon 胡椒 chicken thighs (hello, TikTok上的点击量接近1700万), I knew that a thigh devotee like myself needed to give them a go. The caramelization that I saw in this TikTok left me speechless. Plus, I have never heard a more soothing voiceover than the one on this video. Listening to the instructions felt like a warm hug. I have never felt so comforted and at peace while scrolling on the internet. I pulled up the recipe and gave it go–here’s how it all went down.

How to Make Royale Eats' Honey Garlic Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

首先,把调料揉一下. 混合柠檬胡椒调味料, 盐, 胡椒, 大蒜粉, 洋葱粉, 还有一小碗烟熏红辣椒. 加入几汤匙油. Spread this mixture on the chicken thighs, making sure to rub some of the mix underneath the skin. Let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.



另外,制作蜂蜜蒜蓉酱. Melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet, 然后加入蒜末, 蜂蜜, 酱油, 水, 柠檬汁, 还有新鲜的柠檬片. Let the sauce gently simmer until it has slightly thickened. 

After the thighs have marinated, preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a sheet pan with foil and set an oven safe rack over the pan. Coat with nonstick spray and place the thighs on the rack. Bake for 30 minutes, then flip the thighs and cook for another 20-25 minutes. Brush the 蜂蜜 sauce on the thighs and bake until the thighs reach an internal temperature of 165 F. Top with caramelized lemon slices and serve immediately.

The full recipe with measurements is available in his 数字e-cookbook.



My Review of Royale Eats' Honey Garlic Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

哇. 这些鸡大腿 so 好. The ingredient list for these chicken thighs is pretty basic (there’s a 好 chance you already have all the spices and pantry items) but the final product was full of sweet, 风味极佳的, 橘味的味道. I let my chicken marinate for 2 hours in the rub, 但如果我再做一次, I’d probably make the spice rub the day before and let them sit overnight so that the work is broken out over 2 days and the chicken has a longer time to soak up the rub. 赢得胜利. 也就是说, letting them marinate for 2 hours worked perfectly fine–they were undeniably well seasoned.

The chicken skin was crispy as though the thighs had been pan seared. Don’t skip the step where he calls for you to line your sheet pan with foil. There was a 好 amount of rendered fat that was easy to clean up since the foil was down to catch it all. The 蜂蜜 garlic sauce is a great reminder that simple, humble ingredients can still yield some damn tasty food. It was sweet, garlicky, bright, and had a subtle punch of umami. Don’t confuse the caramelized lemon slices as decoration–they can and 应该 和鸡肉一起享用. 准备舔你的手指吧.

There was nothing particularly groundbreaking about this method, which is all the more reason why I love it. Oven roasting items on a cooling rack is such an underrated technique. 这是完全放手的, yet the elevated rack allows the hot air from the oven to circulate on all sides of the item so that the final product tastes like it’s been deep fried. 没有冷却架, the chicken that is in contact with the pan will steam and you won’t have the crispy results. 如果你没有 一个烤箱安全的冷却架现在是投资的时候了.

Chicken with caramelized lemon slices on a pan


如果你没有 肉类温度计, it might be a little tricky to know when the thighs are done cooking. If you’re not sure, slice open the largest thigh and check the center. 如果有粉色的肉, let the chicken cook for a little longer, 但如果都煮熟了, 然后你就可以走了. My chicken thighs reached internal temperature after about 55 minutes of cooking time, but this can vary based on the strength of your oven and the size of your chicken thighs.

I served mine over a bed of white rice but they’d also be great with some potatoes (mashed or roasted, 你做你)或一些黄油面条. Plan to eat this chicken straight out of the oven. I’m all about leftovers, but chicken skin does not save or reheat well. Eat it while it’s hot and crispy or don’t even bother. Now that’s some thigh advice to save your life.