Crispy Rosemary Sriracha Chicken Thighs (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)


Do rosemary and Sriracha sound like a funny combination to you? I confess, it wouldn’t have been something I would automatically put together myself, except that I did it by accident one day. Yes, by accident. That makes it sound a little like those old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials. Hey, you got your rosemary in my Sriracha! Hey, you got Sriracha on my rosemary! Okay, so it wasn’t exactly like that. It was more like I ran out of regular hot sauce for a recipe so I grabbed the Sriracha. And I happened to be helping my son with his homework at the same time as getting dinner ready. So before I knew it, I had added several tablespoons of Sriracha to the marinade when I only meant to add a teaspoon or two. I took a chance and just went with it. And it turned out to be amazing.

Chicken thighs have always been one of my favourite meals. I’ve always preferred dark meat over light, and it doesn’t hurt that they tend to be inexpensive as well. But there’s always a danger that thighs will turn out too rubbery, especially if cooking bone-in, skin-on thighs. I’ve cooked a fair bit of chicken thighs in my day and in my humble opinion, the best way to cook them is grilling or broiling. Or at least, baking them and then turning on the broiler at the end to crisp up that skin. It makes a huge difference to the overall outcome. And unlike breasts, thighs are pretty hard to overcook. My husband and I have experimented with a couple of recipes, and we’ve found that five to ten extra minutes in the oven, plus a few minutes under the broiler, makes them far less greasy and rubbery.

The Results: With the amount of Sriracha in these, you’d think these would be pretty spicy. But they’re not really. I’d say that these barely even register on the heat meter. My kids all love them, and like many small children, they are averse to anything even mildly hot. But somehow, that Sriracha gives the thighs incredible flavour. The whole marinade together – the yogurt, the lemon, the garlic, the rosemary and the Sriracha – seem to add up just right. I always make a double batch when I cook these thighs, because they are just as good re-heated the next day. Just make sure you reheat in the oven, and not in the microwave. The microwave is no friend to chicken thighs!

Crispy Rosemary Sriracha Chicken Thighs

1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tbsp Sriracha
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 to 5 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, Sriracha, garlic, salt and pepper. Place chicken thighs in a large ziploc bag and pour marinade over. Turn bag over several times to coat chicken. Place in refrigerator and let marinate for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 375F. Arrange chicken thighs in a single layer in a baking dish or broiler pan. Spread any marinade remaining in the bag over the thighs. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Then broil on high for 4 minutes, until skin is crispy and golden brown.

Serves 4. Each serving has 4.5 g of carbs.

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  1. says

    Mmm, this is right up my alley Carolyn! Love sriracha and I'm a fan of dark meat too, so much more flavorful and they're a bargain to snatch up. Horray for accidental discoveries in the kitchen!

  2. says

    Sriracha is an amazing sauce. I love the stuff, and I'm not a big hot sauce person. I also prefer the thigh to the breast (but would include slow cooking with favorite methods even though it means missing out on that gloriously crispy skin). This looks delicious. If the kids enjoyed it, I'll bet Dudette will too. Many thanks for sharing your discovery.

  3. says

    Rosemary and sriracha sound like a perfect combination to me! This looks amazing – I love spicy, crispy thighs, but rosemary should make these really special. What a wonderful recipe!

  4. says

    Hahah "Hey, you got Sriracha on my rosemary!" I love it. And yes I would've never come up with that combination myself either. What a happy accident! Looks delicious

  5. says

    Sriracha is such a great ingredient! My boyfriend introduced me to it and I've been using it in meals ever since. He would absolutely love this recipe, must try! Yumm!

  6. RavieNomNoms says

    Wow, I would never have put these two together, but yum to do they look amazing! I love spicy things though so maybe I would add a bit more . Looks great though! Have a great weekend Carolyn!

  7. roanokemary says

    Made this last night and it was great–easy to make and very flavorful, not at all too spicy for us.The rosemary came out strongly but did not overpower. I did substitute sambal oelek (which is what I had on hand) for the sriracha, but I think the two are pretty much equivalent. This recipe was also very economical–I bought chicken thighs in a 'value pack' and what I used for this recipe cost less than $2.

  8. says

    Haha, the Reese's commercial reference cracked me up. I too am partial to dark meat — I'll take chicken thighs over chicken breast any day. This recipe looks scrumptious, and now I'm craving chicken.

  9. says

    Simple, flavorful and delicious!!! How wonderful this must be…I'm going to keep this in mind for a weeknight dinner…we always have chicken on hand and I need some new options :) Hope you're enjoying your weekend~

  10. says

    These look amazing Carolyn! I prefer white meat normally but we EAT more dark meat because it's cheaper. Since we all love spicy food, I have GOT to give these a try.

  11. Susan Kolstad says

    Made this recipe tonight for dinner. Wonderful aroma while it baked and was delicious. Always look forward to trying your recipes.

  12. says

    I love the Sriracha in these thighs. Pile on the heat, please! I'm a white meat in salads gal, but a thigh nd drumstick girl when it's served hot. Dying to try it – it looks scrumptious!

  13. Lynn says

    I love using sriracha in marinades, although I've kept the recipes sort of asian inspired. Using it with different spices is a great idea!

  14. Erin Kathleen says

    I forgot who linked this post on Facebook but as soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be dinner, esp not having to buy any new ingredients. We did one sub…. for my child to eat it the yogurt has to be soy & we only had vanilla, not making a 47-minute round trip for plain. I don't think it made that much difference. It was nice to make something new & have it come out right and as intended on the 1st try.

  15. says

    I love rosemary, so it doesn't sound funny to me at all 😉 but the siracha. Oh nooow you've got my attention. These chicken thighs sound like just the thing to kick it up in my kitchen!

  16. says

    I have always wondered about kids and spicy food, why they never seem to get along :-) I love spicy foods ever since I could remember. And I love chicken as well. This looks really good!

  17. says

    These chicken thighs look awesome! I feel compelled to feature you in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. Let me know if you have any objections and keep the amazing food coming…

  18. says

    I'll have to try this! I have some boneless skinless chicken thighs in the freezer waiting to be defrosted. I love sriracha in anything and have definitely never combined it with rosemary. Can't wait!

  19. Meredith says

    I made this for Valentine's Dinner for my husband who loves Sriracha! It was simply amazing and really!! My husband asked me if I could make it at least once a month for dinner!

  20. Lanakila says

    This was hugely popular! It's a bit spicy from the sriracha so I served it with plain rice. I also used boneless and skinless thighs because the hubs doesn't do either. A delicious recipe that I've raved about on Pinterest and FB. Thanks!

  21. Kristy K says

    I made these this week and they were AMAZING. I'm going to try it with boneless, skinless chicken breast this weekend because my sister is weird and doesn't eat dark meat or meat on the bone. Thanks for a great recipe!

  22. says

    Just wanted to say that this recipe has given my husband and I an entirely new formula for marinade. Tonight we subbed miso for the sriracha (and eliminated the salt). It came out so good! I *never* would’ve thought about combining yogurt and miso before seeing your recipe.

  23. says

    This was delicious! Found your recipe on Pinterest and tried it this evening. I’m allergic to milk, so I substituted Sour Supreme instead of yogurt. My husband loves chicken thighs and Sriracha…so I knew we had a winner!

      • says

        I just tried these, although the DH brought home skinless, boneless thighs, which got me off on the wrong foot (although still one up on those women whose men refuse to go to the grocery store, lol!). The chicken is LUSCIOUS, but next time I make it I’ll leave the rosemary out — I think this just confirmed for me that I don’t like rosemary! As for an accompaniment, I had a yen for a whole mess (as we say in the South) of sauteed onions and peppers on the side. And the combination was fantastic! The sweetness of the peppers and onions was a beautiful foil for the rich, savory chicken.

  24. Sharron Timmins says

    Carolyn, forgive me if this has already been asked, but is this recipe really meant to serve 4? How could one chicken thigh be enough for one person?

    • Carolyn says

      Yes. What size were your chicken thighs? If you bought little ones, then that would be an issue, I suppose. But one large chicken thigh plus a big salad is a good serving for me. And I am an extremely active person with a high metabolism.


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