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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 with seasonal vegetables.

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

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

Mexican chicken thighs in an enamel roasting tin

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 simply mixing 2 tsp cumin with 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp chilli flakes and then add salt and pepper.

How to make our Mexican Chicken Thigh Recipe

  • Heat the oven to 200C
  • 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.
  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Delicious served hot alongside creamy mashed potatoes and BBQ baked beans.
  • Shred the chicken meat and use to make tacos – add lettuce, salsa, sweetcorn and cheese.
  • Mexican chicken thighs and rice is super easy – just add a side of veggies like sweetcorn or broccoli.
  • Shred the Mexican spiced chicken thighs with forks and use to make pulled chicken sandwiches, top with BBQ sauce and melted cheese.
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Yield: Makes 8

Mexican Chicken Thighs

Mexican chicken thighs in an enamel roasting tin

Super tasty weeknight chicken dinner recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

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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