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Pan Seared Chicken Thighs

Pan Seared Chicken Thighs are the perfect easy and delicious dinner recipe for a busy weeknight! Made with boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken broth, fresh herbs, and a perfectly seasoned dry rub – this chicken is crispy, juicy, flavorful, and tender. It is a great main protein choice for any dinner!

Ingredients

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  • 1.5 lb chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano

Instructions

  1. Add the skinless boneless chicken thighs to an airtight container or large bowl. 
  2. In a separate small bowl combine the dry rub ingredients – garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Combine thoroughly.
  3. Add the dry rub to the chicken thighs.  Evenly and thoroughly coat all the chicken pieces.  Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 15 minutes. If you have time, I recommend marinating for longer – a few hours or even 24 hours.
  4. Next add the olive oil to a large pan or skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs smooth side down to the skillet.  Sear for 7-10 minutes or until the chicken releases from the pan.  Do not move around the chicken during this time.
  6. Flip the chicken.  Cook for about another 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness of each piece.  You can use a meat thermometer to check that the middle of the chicken thighs have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  7. Next add the chicken broth to the skillet to deglaze and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Add the butter, fresh parsley, and fresh oregano.  Combine.  Let the chicken simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the broth thickens a bit.
  9. Remove the chicken thighs from the hot pan and let sit for a few minutes before cutting. 
  10. Serve with the pan sauce and enjoy!

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