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Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

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Add my Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs to your menu this week! Only a 10 minute prep time with punches of flavor the whole family loves.

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

You are in for such a treat with my Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs!  This simple chicken recipe is a must make.  Literally in the oven in 10 minutes.  No fuss chicken that is so tender, you barely need your fork.  With just a few pantry staples you are likely to have on hand, you’ll have a new dinner recipe in no time 🙂

Hope you enjoy!

Transfer Chicken Thighs To Baking Dish

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Place your chicken thighs (I used 10) into a 9×13 inch baking dish like so.

Prepare The Seasoning

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

You’ll need cumin, smoked paprika, garlic salt, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Season The Chicken

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Sprinkle right over your chicken.

Pour In Buttermilk and Bake

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Pour 1 cup of buttermilk over the seasoned chicken, cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Here’s what you’ll get!  Remove the chicken and arrange onto a serving plate.  You can make a sauce from the broth/buttermilk if you’d like.

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Tender flavorful little chicken thighs.  All of my boys went nuts for these.

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

I served our chicken with a variety of roasted vegetables.  Simple and satisfying 🙂  Enjoy!

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs

Southwest Buttermilk Baked Chicken Thighs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chicken dinner, chicken thighs, quick fix dinner
  • 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken thighs into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place cumin, paprika, garlic salt, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Mix to combine then sprinkle over tops of chicken thighs. Pour buttermilk over top, cover baking dish loosely with tin foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite roasted vegetables and salad if desired.

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  1. 1

    The thighs are the best part of the chicken soo juicy and cooking them in the bettermilk will only make them juicier. Heaven!

  2. 2

    Seriously cannot WAIT to try these. I am all about easy dinners right now!!

  3. 3

    These look SO good and I bet the flavor is amazing!!

  4. 4
    Emily E says:

    I believe I’ll be having this for dinner!

  5. 5
    Tieghan says:

    Thinking this needs to be dinner tonight! Love the southwest flavors!

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    Josh will love this one!

  7. 7

    Omg yes please! These wouldn’t last minutes in our house~ happening!!!

  8. 8

    Thank you!! I was seriously stumped on what to make for dinner tonight!! Can’t wait to try!

  9. 9

    This is such an easy recipe for dinner. I can’t wait to try it out.

  10. 10

    This looks awesome Jenny- perfect for a weeknight dinner for my family!

  11. 11

    This sounds so good! My family is going to be so impressed when I make these 😉

  12. 12
    Linda says:

    What temperature did you bake these at?

  13. 13
    Linda says:

    What temperature do you bake the chicken at?

  14. 14
    Jessica says:

    Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk? This looks so good and yummy but rather not buy buttermilk because the rest would just go to waste.


    • 14.1
      Jenny says:

      I am not sure how regular milk would do Jessica. Have only used buttermilk 🙂

    • 14.2
      Steph says:

      Jessica, you don’t need to buy buttermilk! You can add white vinegar (or lemon juice) to milk to make just enough buttermilk for this recipe. I believe the it’s about 1 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup milk.

    • 14.3
      Jillian says:

      You can make buttermilk from regular milk! You just add a little lemon juice or vinegar — I think 1 Tbsp per 1 cup of milk, but you can google it 🙂

    • 14.4
      Mark says:

      Freeze eftover buttermilk in ice cube trays, pop them in a freezer back when frozen, and you have a 3-month supply of buttermilk as needed. Measure your ice cube trays (mine gives 1/8 cup cubes) first. 🙂

  15. 15
    Ann McDonald says:

    What oven temp do you cook these at?

  16. 16
    Lisa F. says:

    Oh my yummy-ness! These are definitely on the menu this week and I have buttermilk in the fridge! I’m assuming the temperature would be 350°? Thanks!!

  17. 17

    This looks so easy and delicious!! I love the crust on the outside of the chicken!

  18. 18
    Liz says:

    Nice and easy recipe. Thank you and have a Great Week.

  19. 19

    This looks delicious Jenny! Could you tell me what the temperature would be? 350?

  20. 20
    marla says:

    This is certain to be a classic family recipe!!

  21. 21

    I know what to put on the menu for this week. Already have the chicken and the buttermilk. Sounds delish!

  22. 22
    JennCutt says:

    Long time lurker but rarely do I comment. This post is perfect timing because I was in need of something for tonight and was going to start a search. Even better that this came right to my email. Looks great and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!!

  23. 23
    Latisha says:

    Jenny, like many others are asking, can you please let us know what temperature you baked your chicken thighs at? I will be going to the supermarket tonight and baking these tomorrow. Thanks!

  24. 24
    Marcia says:

    I am making this for dinner tonight! Thank you for the recipe – looks delicious!

  25. 25
    Auntiepatch says:

    Yum! That’s what’s for dinner tonight!

  26. 26
    Gaby says:

    This looks so delicious and so quick!

  27. 27

    In the oven in 10 minutes? Love that! This looks delicious and satisfying – such a perfect weeknight dinner!

  28. 28

    What? I love that this is so easy. Making this soon. pinned.

  29. 29
    kandy says:

    Several people have asked and I am also asking….What is the TEMPERATURE to cook this at? Recipe needs to be updated to include this information. Looks like a good recipe. Thanks.

  30. 30

    I love chicken cooked this way, Jenny! My family would love it, too!

  31. 31
    Rose says:

    Sounds great! Can you cook a chicken breast with the thighs? My hubby doesn’t care for dark meat but the rest of the family prefers it.

  32. 32

    This looks delicious and easy enough to where I’ll be OK with making it after fighting traffic for an hour to get home. :0)

  33. 33

    This looks amazing Jenny, totally have to try it!

  34. 34
    Alli says:

    Really good flavor! So easy too 🙂
    Served over jasmine rice w/ cilantro & the juice from the pan, delish!

  35. 35
    Naomi says:

    Added! And my family is gonna love it!

  36. 36
    Maggie says:

    I made these last night… they were super tender, and very flavorful, but they ended up being SO greasy that after having 1 I ended up getting rid of them. Wish there were a way to get rid of the oil factor, because otherwise this is a solid recipe.

    • 36.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Maggie, did you remove the thighs from the baking dish as soon as they were done? I just discarded the liquid and served them on a large plate without the juices. Sorry to hear that!!

  37. 37
    Sean says:

    Does pouring the buttermilk over the thighs wash away the s&p/cumin/paprika mixture? Can you do these 2 steps in reverse (i.e. pour buttermilk, then sprinkle mixture)? Or should you just pour the buttermilk in the baking dish but not directly on the thighs as to not wash away the spices? Thanks.

    • 37.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Sean, I just kinda poured the buttermilk in between the thighs and lightly over some of the tops. Didn’t wash away the spices. Hope this helps!

  38. 38

    This s soo good!! I love these kind of meals, will be making this for the fam tonight! Thank Jenny!

  39. 39

    I’m thinking this chicken needs to happen in my house very soon!! I love how quickly it’s prepared, and how delicious it looks!!

  40. 40
    Michelle says:

    I made this recipe yesterday and it was very simple and delicious. The liquid in the pan at the end looked like the buttermilk curdled. It tasted fine, but did not look appetizing. Is this normal? The only change I made to the recipe was use a little more than a cup of buttermilk.

  41. 41
    sandy says:

    These look great! I want to make them tonight but I only have regular paprika, not smoked. Do you think that will be fine?

  42. 42

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  43. 43
    Lindsay Rector says:

    Hey Jenny, if I make this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs, does the baking time or any prep work need to be altered? I’m hosting a family dinner for 20 and want to do this for tmrw night 🙂 thanks! Lindsay

  44. 44
    SalBug says:

    Hi Jenny – just made this tonight after finding your recipe on Pinterest searching for buttermilk recipes. It was delicious and so so so easy. My family loved it. For fun I’m going to try it next time with an Italian spice mix. Thanks so much!

  45. 45
    Mary M says:

    What could I use in place of cumin? Don’t have any and don’t want to go to store!!!

  46. 46
    Shannon says:

    I made these tonight and they were very tender and flavorful but, not crispy at all??

  47. 47

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  48. 48
    syl says:

    Thank you for the recipe! My husband and daughter loooved it, it was delicious!

  49. 49
    Mary Jo says:

    is there any reason you used only thighs? could you try other pieces as well?

  50. 50
    Judy says:

    I hate to be the one leaving a negative post, but I thought this was a horrible recipe. I’ve used chicken thighs for cooking before and they usually always turn out moist, this recipe was no exception. But the seasonings and flavors and the buttermilk just missed the mark. It’s almost as if it was meant to be grilled with a better sort of “rub” on the thighs. My husband would not touch them and my young son did not like them at all. I’m usually one that’s easy to please, especially since I’m the one cooking, but this recipe was not a keeper!

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