Sheet-Pan Chicken Thighs With Magic Spice Blend

By Eric Kim
October 7, 2018

Author Notes: I make a big sheet tray of these spice-rubbed chicken thighs, eat one or two for dinner that night, then turn the rest into quesadillas, rice bowls, and leftovers throughout the week.Eric Kim

Food52 Review: Featured in: 2 Quick & Easy Chicken Thigh Recipes Our Senior Editor Swears By.The Editors

Serves: 1, a few times
Cook time: 30 min


  • 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Magic Spice Blend, recipe follows

Magic Spice Blend

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use regular sweet paprika if you don't like the taste of smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand


  1. Spoon all of the ingredients into a Mason jar and shake.
  2. Sprinkle the Magic Spice Blend generously on the underside of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (I don't bother to measure), place on a sheet pan skin-side up, then season the skins lightly with more rub. You can let this sit covered overnight in the fridge, or bake off right away.
  3. Roast at 400° F for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

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