Crispy Curry Rub Chicken Thighs

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A very hands off, but extremely tasty recipe – this combines the crispiness of the chicken skin with the tender, almost falling apart, meat. Though it does take nearly an hour in the oven, it will only take you about 5 minutes of prep work to have everything ready. So, once you get home from work, rub some chicken down, let it cook, and enjoy a fantastic meal – hands off, of course 🙂

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The chicken meat stays extremely moist, the skin gets nice and crisp, and the spices bring a flavor explosion! This is a very similar spice rub to that which I used to make my curries out of. So if you’re a fan of the curry flavor, you will absolutely adore this recipe. My whole family loved it – but unfortunately, that meant no leftovers for me.

It’s totally up to you, but I recommend using the excess fat that comes off the chicken while cooking. It’s very flavorful and…well it’s fat. We all need fats on a ketogenic diet – so spoon it over the chicken or spoon it on top of the side vegetables. Whatever you do, don’t throw it away!

Yields 8 Crispy Curry Rubbed Chicken Thighs

The Preparation

  • 8 large bone-in, skin-on, chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger

The Execution

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Gather all the spices you’ll need – phew it’s a lot of spices!


3. Measure out 2 tsp. Yellow Curry, 1 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1 tsp. Ground Cumin, 1 tsp. Paprika, 1 tsp. Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 tsp. Allspice, 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder, 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander, 1/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom, 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. Ginger.


4. Mix together the spices well.


5. Wrap a baking sheet in foil, then lay the chicken thighs onto the foil.


6. Rub the olive oil into the chicken, giving each piece of chicken about 1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Make sure you do this on both sides. Once oiled, lightly sprinkle the spice mixture over both sides of the chicken and rub it in. Do this a second time with the spices, making sure both sides of the chicken is nicely coated with spice.


7. Bake the chicken at 425F for 50 minutes.


8. Let cool for 5 minutes or so and serve! Most of the oil and fat will be sitting underneath the chicken, so it’s your choice to either serve this or not – personally, I like to spoon it over the chicken for extra flavor.


9. Garnish with red pepper flakes and chives, with a spooning of pan drippings!

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Each chicken thigh has 277 Calories, 19.9g Fats, 0.6g Net Carbs, and 21.1g Protein. I serve 2 as a portion, so each serving will have 555 Calories, 39.8g Fats, 1.3g Net Carbs, and 42.3g Protein.

Crispy Curry Rubbed Chicken ThighsCaloriesFats (g)Carbs (g)Fiber (g)Net Carbs (g)Protein (g)
8 Chicken Thighs1680105000168
1/4 Cup Olive Oil480540000
2 tsp. Yellow Curry1302111
1 1/2 tsp. Salt000000
1 tsp. Ground Cumin801010
1 tsp. Paprika601100
1 tsp. Garlic Powder902020
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper400000
1/2 tsp. Allspice300.500.50
1/2 tsp. Chili Powder400.500.50
1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander501100
1/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom200000
1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon200000
1/4 tsp. Ginger200000
Crispy Curry Rub Chicken Thighs

This will make 8 total Crispy Curry Rubbed Chicken Thighs. Each chicken thigh has 277 Calories, 19.9g Fats, 0.6g Net Carbs, and 21.1g Protein.

The Preparation

  • 8 Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Thighs
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. Yellow Curry
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Ginger

The Execution

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Mix together all spices into a bowl.
  3. Wrap a baking sheet in foil and lay all 8 chicken thighs onto the foil.
  4. Rub olive oil evenly into all chicken thighs.
  5. Rub spice mixture on both sides of the chicken, coating liberally.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.