Ranch Chicken Thighs (Diary Free, Gluten Free, Whole30, Paleo)

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Hey, it’s Lucia from Essential Omnivore! I’m so pumped to be guest blogging today and share this dinner that I made on a whim one night and then ended up hunched oven the cooled pan exclaiming “ok but how did this turn out so good??” You know those types of recipes? The surprise ones? Yeah.

And bonus—quick and speedy dinner alert. Even though it’s summertime, I think there’s something to be said for low effort oven dinners; all these chicken thighs require is a quick mix with your favorite ranch seasoning (or you can make your own and boy, double or triple the amount so you can always have a little ranch on hand!) and quality mayonnaise, then into the oven and whoa, while you’re sipping iced tea on the porch, just a few minutes later… dinner.

Ranch Baked Chicken Thighs (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Whole 30, Paleo)

  • 1 pound chicken thighs (skin on, bone-in or skinless, boneless)

  • 1/3 cup avocado or olive oil mayonnaise (Primal Kitchen or Sir Kensington’s are perfect!)

  • 3 tablespoons ranch seasoning (Primal Palate is superb, or make your own [see notes section])

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and set aside. While the oven preheats, mix the mayonnaise, ranch seasoning and vinegar in a large bowl until evenly combined. Place the chicken thighs in the bowl and using your hands, mix them until all are evenly coated.

Now here’s where there are two choices: if you’re using skin on, bone-in chicken thighs, place them skin-side down on the wire racks, and bake them for 20 minutes, then flip them to be skin-side up and bake for an additional 20 minutes. If you’re using skinless, boneless chicken thighs, simply place them on the wire rack and bake them for 20 minutes flat.

Once baked through, take the chicken thighs out of the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve over a bed of greens and sliced carrots, if desired!

Other Notes:

Conventional ranch mix seasoning packets typically have added milk, soy and thickeners, as well as flavor enhancers that some people react negatively to. This is why it’s so awesome to be able to mix up your own from the cupboard, or purchase from an organic spice company!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried dill

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper