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A delicious recipe for Mexican chicken thighs that are full of flavour, super simple to cook and budget friendly. Great for easy weeknight dinner with rice and vegetables.

Our Mexican chicken thigh recipe is full of flavour, super simple to cook and budget friendly.

This is a really versatile recipe and you could serve them just as they are alongside rice or mashed potatoes or Mexican potatoes with seasonal vegetables.

Or you could shred the meat from the bone and use the Mexican spiced chicken meat to make shredded chicken tacos, fajitas or turn into pulled chicken sandwiches.

Mexican shredded chicken is delicious in salad too.

All of which would be a quick, easy and budget dinner that’ll taste so good!

Mexican chicken thighs in an enamel roasting tin

Equipment Needed

  • Bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Roasting Tin
  • Sheet Of Tin Foil

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Mexican Chicken Thighs Ingredients

To make our Mexican baked chicken thighs you will need…

  • 8 chicken thighs – skin on
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of chilli flakes – or use 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper

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Mexican Chicken Seasoning

We make the Mexican chicken seasoning by mixing the simple ingredients below

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper

Cooks Tip!

If you don’t want to mix up your own Mexican spice rub then you can always use a shop bought spice mix like Schwartz Fajita Seasoning as a short cut.

How To Make Our Mexican Chicken Thigh Recipe

You are going to just LOVE how easy it is to make our delicious Mexican Chicken Dish!

Step One – Preheat the oven

Step Two – Season the chicken with the Mexican spice rub

  • Slash the skin on the chicken thighs, and place them in a bowl, sprinkle over the cumin, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Rub the spices into the chicken so the thighs are all well coated.

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Step Three – Cook the Mexican Chicken Thighs

  • Place the chicken thighs in a roasting tin and cover with tin foil, roast in the oven for around 30 minutes.
  • Then remove the foil and put back in the oven for a further 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through fully and no pink meat remains.

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Make Spiced Baked Chicken Thighs Your Way…

Use our Mexican chicken thigh recipe as a base and add your own twist to this meal idea!

  • Switch the Mexican spices for Indian spices or Italian herbs.
  • Switch chicken thighs for drumsticks.

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What To Eat With Mexican Spiced Chicken Thighs…

We’ve given you loads of ideas and tasty ways to eat our Mexican chicken dish!

Mexican Chicken And Mash

  • Delicious served hot alongside creamy mashed potatoes and BBQ baked beans, maybe add a side of ranch slaw too!

Mexican Shredded Chicken And Pulled Chicken Tacos

  • Shred the spicy chicken thigh meat and use to make pulled chicken tacos – add lettuce, salsa, sweetcorn and cheese.

Mexican Chicken Thighs And Rice

  • Mexican chicken thighs and rice is super easy – just add a side of veggies like sweetcorn or broccoli.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

  • Shred the Mexican spiced chicken thighs with forks and use to make Mexican pulled chicken sandwiches, top with BBQ sauce and melted cheese and a side of chunky guacamole.

Pulled Chicken Burrito

  • Use the chicken to make a shredded chicken burrito recipe – stuff the burritos with spicy shredded chicken, refried beans and cheese. Or create shredded chicken burrito bowls.

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Mexican chicken thighs in an enamel roasting tin

Mexican Chicken Thighs

Yield: Makes 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Super tasty weeknight chicken dinner recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken thighs - skin on
  • 2 tsp ground cumin 
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Pinch of black pepper 

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 200C.
  2. Slash the skin on the chicken thighs, and place them in a bowl, sprinkle over the cumin, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and season with salt and pepper. Rub the spices into the chicken so the thighs are all well coated.
  3. Place 3. the chicken thighs in a roasting tin and cover with tin foil, roast in the oven for around 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and put back in the oven for a further 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no pink meat remains.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 30g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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