Baked Panko Chicken Thighs


It's fried chicken thighs without all the work.

Baked Panko Chicken Thighs
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 chicken thighs


  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 8 (4 ounce) chicken thighs

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons coarse-grain mustard

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ¼ cups panko bread crumbs

  • cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a large baking pan with foil, then lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Wash chicken thighs and trim excess fat and skin. Remove skin, if desired. Pat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Combine melted butter with mustard, maple syrup, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Combine panko with Parmesan cheese, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in another shallow bowl.

  4. Brush or rub the chicken thighs with the butter-mustard mixture, then press into the panko mixture until thoroughly coated on all sides. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork, 40 to 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can use spicy mustard instead of coarse-grain, and honey instead of maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
17g Fat
14g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 191mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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