This recipe is so easy and so very delicious. The thighs are super crispy, just as stated, and very moist. I use my cast iron skillet on my outdoor grill side burner. I further bake the thighs on my grill with the cover down. The 500 degree isn't perfectly accurate so I simply bake a little longer depending upon the size of chicken thighs. No worry of splattering indoors or the need to clean my oven. At least not with this recipe.
My oven won't go to 500 degrees.
I made this over the weekend. Used 2 large chicken legs and cut them in half. Marinated these in leftover pickle juice for 6+ hours and then drained well. Wipe each piece thoroughly with paper towels before frying. Took a lot longer to cook the thighs in the oven since they were different sizes...will just use all thighs or all drumsticks next time. The thighs were super moist but I could tell the drumsticks were getting dry. Very crispy and simple to make. Added these to linguine and clam sauce....YUM!
Five stars without a doubt. This recipe is so tasty it's unbelievable. I never eat "dark meat" and only have eaten chicken breasts all my life. After reading the article with this recipe, I was challenged, or rather my husband was! Even better! We decided to cook the thighs in the cast iron skillet outdoors on the grill and then bring them in to finish baking in the oven after reading about the splattering of grease. Only 1 Tablespoon of oil. BUT... WOW! Splattering like you've never seen. We had to cover with foil to walk from the grill to the oven inside. Then once inside the oven it started to smoke. Not a little, but where we had to open every window and pull out box fans. Someone please tell me a way around this (use much less than 1 tablespoon of oil?), because these thighs are so amazing I'm risking the oven being a disaster once again. I cannot deduct stars because I have to clean my oven! These are unbelievable, moist, delicious, like the best fried chicken of your life.
BONUS - it encourages you to clean your oven! Not a bad thing in the long run! We will make this again!