garlic thyme chicken thighs with gravy

Garlic Thyme Chicken Thighs

Garlic Thyme Chicken Thighs with a flavorful gravy - baked chicken recipe.  Takes only 35 minutes from start to finish.   Use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and 20 garlic cloves. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 696 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 20 cloves garlic (2 full heads, separated and peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (for gluten free, use gluten free multi-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 10 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves


  1. Heat the oven to 400° F.

Brown chicken thighs to golden crust

  1. In an oven-safe braiser pan or big, oven-safe skillet with a lid, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken thighs skin side down on medium-high heat until well browned, for about 5 minutes, then flip the chicken thighs skin side up and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the chicken thighs to a plate.

Cook garlic

  1. Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic to the same skillet, and cook, occasionally turning, until garlic starts to brown, 3 or 4 minutes. 

Bake chicken thighs

  1. Return the chicken to the braiser pan, cover with the lid or aluminum foil, and bake for 15 minutes in the pre-heated oven at 400 F.

Make the gravy

  1. Remove the pan from the oven and put it on a stove top - the pan will be very hot, be sure not to touch it, including the lid. 

  2. Remove the chicken thighs and garlic from the pan to a plate. 

  3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan. 

  4. Over medium heat, whisk in the 2 tablespoons of flour in the 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan. 

  5. Over medium-high heat, gradually whisk in the chicken broth and fresh thyme leaves for 1 or 2 minutes, until the sauce thickens. 

  6. Remove the pan from the heat, and season the sauce with salt and pepper. 

  7. Add the roasted garlic and chicken thighs back to the pan to reheat the chicken.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Seasons and Suppers

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Thyme Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 696 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 609mg26%
Potassium 677mg19%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.