Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Capers

by | Sep 17, 2018 | All, Main Dishes, Sponsored

Packed with flavor, these Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Capers use just a handful of ingredients and are ready in less than an hour.

Top down image of Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs in white square baking dish with lemon slices and parsley for garnish.

Get all of the flavors of chicken picatta combined with crispy skin in this easy one-pan chicken recipe!

Chicken thighs don’t get the love they deserve, but they are the star of the show in this Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Capers recipe.

I know what you’re thinking; you can’t get crispy skin in the oven. Trust me. You can.

How does the chicken get crispy without frying?

That’s easy. Butter. Specifically Kerrygold® Butter. The key to getting the skin crispy is melted butter. Don’t pour the other liquid ingredients over the chicken. Make sure that the only thing besides salt and pepper that hits the skin is the butter and you will be rewarded with crispy skin without the mess. Who knew it was that easy?

How does the chicken get its lemon flavor?

Simply slice a lemon and place the wheels in the bottom of the pan. Set the thighs on top of them and the lemon flavor bakes right into the chicken, no juicing required.

3/4 image of Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Capers in a white baking dish with parsley and lemon slices for garnish.

Do I have to use chicken thighs for this recipe?

You don’t have to, but I recommend it as the flavor is second to none (and this is coming from a white-meat loving gal.) You can substitute a chicken breast, too, but just make sure you leave the skin on for the golden brown color and adjust your cooking time accordingly.

Add an easy arugula salad , some green beans, and boom! Dinner is done. This dish has just moved into our regular dinner rotation and soon it will be in yours, too.

Coincidence?  I think not. You know a good thing when you see it.


Yield: 4 servings

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Capers

Top down image of Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs in white square baking dish with lemon slices and parsley for garnish.

Dinner can be ready in less than an hour with these Crispy Baked Chicken thighs!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 4 Bone-in, Skin on Chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons Kerrygold Salted Butter, melted
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


Preheat the oven to 400.

Spray the bottom of a 9 x 9 square pan with cooking spray and place the lemon slices in it.

Add the capers, garlic and white wine to the bottom of the baking dish.

Place the chicken thighs on top, skin side up in it.

Brush the tops of the chicken thighs with melted butter, reserving 1 tablespoon for basting.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Bake for 20 minutes and baste the top of chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until thermometer reads 165.

Garnish with fresh parsley.

Serve the chicken with rice if desired and spoon sauce over both.

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

1 thigh

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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    What a beauty ! Capers made me pin this one to Mediterranean 🙂

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    This was delicious. Thank you SO much. So easy. Definitely a keeper.

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      Hi Missy! I’m glad you liked it as much as we do! Thanks for the great feedback!

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    So glad I found your recipe! It is absolutely delicious! I used my cast iron skillet, lined with onion and cooked it on 400 degrees for 25 mins. An additional 3 mins under broiler. Perfection! I only made one change. After I had already started the preparations, I realized that I was out of honey – so, I substituted it for molasses and wow!i think I will always make the recipe this way! 😋 Thank you!

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      What recipe was this comment for, Lisa? I’m always looking for a recipe that uses molasses!

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        Hi Jody, I’m not sure what comment you are referring to, but if you search “molasses” on our site it will show you all of the recipes that have molasses in them! Hope this helps!

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    I made this last night and hubby proclaimed “one of your best”. We loved it!!! I baked it an extra 3 minutes under the broiler, low setting, for a crispier and more golden skin. So delicious! Thank you!!! 😋😋😋


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