Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs

Everything in one pot, inexpensive chicken thighs are seared on the stove top until crispy and then finished off in the oven with figs and onions. The pan juices make the perfect sauce to top your chicken….no effort, easy and quick.  And only one pan to clean!

Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs | The Suburban Soapbox

I try to keep it real.  When I worked outside the home, I would come home and try to create something wonderful for dinner.  With proper planning…it could be done.  But, honestly, I didn’t want to do anything at 6:00 when I walked in the door with a baby and a teenager who needed to do homework.  Hot dogs and tater tots seemed to make an appearance more than I liked.  Don’t get me wrong….I LOVE hot dogs and tater tots but I also like foods that appear a little more refined.  Foods that didn’t come from a processing plant.  I take myself back to those days a lot….to keep myself real.  To remember that a lot of you, my loyal readers, are busy, working moms and dads that want something other than hot dogs for dinner.  Something easy, something quick and something easy to clean!

Chicken with Figs 8Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs | The Suburban Soapbox

Most of the easy recipes I use come down to technique more than a list of ingredients.  This is one of those recipes. The key here is to get the skin as crisp as possible which is so simple but will test your patience.  And for the cleaning…let me warn you now…there will be spatter. It’s worth it and it takes no time at all to clean.  Better than cleaning multiple pots.  I promise.

Chicken with FigsPan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs | The Suburban Soapbox

Once your skin is all crisped up….you toss in some onions to cook for a bit and then some garlic….and then all the chicken back into the pan. Top with some halved figs which are everywhere right now.  Have you had them yet?  If not, you should try them.  They’re wonderful and when roasted they are magical.  Sweet and buttery, perfect with chicken.  They add a lot of flavor to the sauce so don’t skip them.

Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs | The Suburban Soapbox

This is the kind of recipe I would start as soon as I got home from work (wear an apron) and then while it was roasting in the oven I’d go change into my evening uniform….flannel pajama pants and a 20-year old t-shirt.  Cause I’m super sexy like that.

Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs

yummy pan roasted crispy chicken thighs with figs are the perfect for dinner!
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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 753 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 large fresh figs
  • 5 sprigs of thyme


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Season the thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large stainless-steel skillet, heat the olive oil over med-high heat and then four chicken thighs skin side down. Cook the chicken until the skin is golden and crispy, approximately 8-12 minutes. It will release from the pan without effort when it's ready to turn. Turn the chicken over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat and return the pan to the heat. Add the onions and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minutes. Return the chicken back to the pan, skin side up, and add the figs and thyme.
  • Roast the chicken in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until done. Serve immediately.


Serving: 2gCalories: 753kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 48gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 283mgSodium: 225mgPotassium: 873mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 6.8mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2.6mg
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18 comments on “Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs”

  1. This looks amazing! I love a great new chicken recipe!

  2. I don’t use figs nearly enough in my cooking. This chicken looks perfect!

  3. I love everything about this dish!

  4. What an interesting recipe. I can imagine the subtle sweetness that the figs add to the otherwise savory-ness of this dish. Outstanding.

  5. What a wonderful one-pot dish! I love the figs too!

  6. I totally hear you on the not-wanting-to-cook when you walk in the door. But this? This looks incredible. And the combination of flavors makes my mouth water. YUM!

  7. This really is quick and easy and it looks so delicious!

  8. Pan roasted chicken thighs are one of my very favorite meal – especially in the winter. This version looks amazing… I’m loving that pan sauce.

  9. I love figs and bet this dish is amazing! I can’t wait to make it.

  10. I am definitely a thigh girl. Love this recipe.

  11. What a gorgeous dish! This looks fantastic and sounds so perfect!

  12. Love love your recipes

  13. Add two large thinly sliced chillies a tbsp of coriander and parley when frying those onions, makes for a wonderful party in the mouth.

    For a modern contrast do an extra sprinkle of salt to balance with the sweetness of the figs.

    Also, cool side with this: stir fried lemon butter cabbage mixed with teriyaki rice – funky sweet and sour action – works great with the figgy chicks.

    Thank you SO much for a most bodacious recipe! It is mega super bellissima

    • Such great suggestions, Steve! Thank you so much for sharing and trying out one of my favorite recipes ever! Loving that cabbage recipe, sounds super tasty!

  14. After all that time spent crisping up the skin, it got soggy in the oven! What did I do wrong?

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