Chicken Thigh

Oven-baked Chicken and Bell Pepper Recipe

May 17, 2023
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Photo by Luna Regina
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This oven-baked chicken and bell pepper recipe features gorgeous crispy-skinned chicken thighs, colorful bell peppers, and creamy mashed chickpeas. The combination creates a delightful meal that tastes as good as it looks.

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What You'll Need
  • 18 ounces skin-on bone-in chicken thighs, scored
  • 18 ounces canned chickpeas
  • 6 ounces red bell pepper, sliced
  • 6 ounces yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 ounces red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Microwave the chickpeas and milk: Add 18 oz canned chickpeas and 1/2 cup milk to a microwave-safe medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, then microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. Mash the chickpeas: Put 18 oz canned chickpeas into an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Season the chicken: In a medium bowl/plate, add 18 oz skin-on bone-in chicken thighs, 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, and 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning. Dry-rub the spices onto the chicken until evenly coated.
  4. Pan-sear the chicken: In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Place the chicken skin-side down and pan-sear for 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the heat, then set aside on a different plate.
  5. Sauté the garlic in olive oil: In the same skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the red onions and bell peppers: Add 2 oz red onion, 6 oz red bell pepper, 6 oz yellow bell pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. Stir well for 1 minute.
  7. Add the chicken into the skillet again and turn off the heat.
  8. Bake everything in the oven: Place the entire skillet with chicken and bell peppers in a preheated oven and bake at 400 °F for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  9. Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped parsley and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
  10. Transfer onto serving plates and serve with the mashed chickpeas.

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