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Classic Baked Chicken Pieces

Katerina | Diethood
Simple, wholesome and full of flavor, these Classic Baked Chicken Pieces are coated in a smoky seasoning blend and roasted up tender and juicy!
Servings : 4
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins


  • 3 to 4 pounds whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, bone-in and skin-on (use 4 drumsticks, 2 bone-in chicken thighs, and 2 bone-in chicken breasts)
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Take chicken out of the fridge 20 minutes before you’re ready to cook.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet or a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Pat dry the chicken pieces with paper towels.
  • Grease chicken pieces with cooking spray or a drizzle of olive oil.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onions powder, thyme, and oregano; mix to combine.
  • Sprinkle chicken pieces with the prepared seasoning; rub it all around.
  • Transfer chicken to previously prepared baking dish, and arrange them chicken skin-side up. Leave a little bit of space in between the chicken pieces.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Lower temperature to 350˚F, and continue to cook for 10 to 20 more minutes, or until internal temperature of the chicken registers at 165˚F. I highly recommend to use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer for accuracy.
  • If you’d like a crispier browned skin, place chicken under the broiler the last 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Transfer chicken pieces to a serving plate.
  • Tent a piece of foil over the chicken and let rest for 8 to 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


  • Oven


  • NET CARBS: 0
  • WW POINTS: TO lower your points down to just FOUR (4), remove skin after cooking. Otherwise, the recipe, with bone-in and skin-on, amounts to 14 points per serving.


Calories: 414 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 36 g | Fat: 29 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 143 mg | Sodium: 425 mg | Potassium: 380 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 400 IU | Vitamin C: 3 mg | Calcium: 30 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 0 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy chicken dinner ideas, how to bake a whole chicken, roasted chicken pieces