crispy baked bbq chicken thighs

Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs {Gluten-Free with Paleo & Whole30 Option)

Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs is a meal that is in the oven in just minutes for a delicious and budget-friendly dinner. Covered in a homemade BBQ dry rub and gluten-free bread crumbs for a crispy and crunchy crust. Gluten-free with a dairy-free option. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked bbq chicken thighs, crispy chicken thighs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5
Calories 413 kcal


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs with skin
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter ,dairy-free Smart Balance/Earth Balance, Whole30 use olive oil or coconut oil


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
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  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with gluten-free cooking spray.

  3. Place chicken thighs in the baking pan.
  4. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar,  garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, paprika, cumin, and mustard powder together in a small and stir until fully combined. 

  5. Take one tablespoon of the BBQ dry rub and rub it on each chicken thigh. You will use one tablespoon of the BBQ dry rub for each chicken thigh. 

  6. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the chicken thighs.

  7. Drizzle melted butter (or dairy-free butter) all over the chicken thighs.

  8. Bake chicken for 50 minutes at  375° F or until the thighs are no longer pink at the bone, and the juices run clear. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165° F.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs {Gluten-Free with Paleo & Whole30 Option)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 1561mg 65%
Potassium 472mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 26.3%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 14.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.