Baked Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar and Italian Dressing Mix

I’ve been seeing a recipe for brown sugar and Italian mix on baked chicken thighs floating around Pinterest.  Tonight, I tried it for the first time.  The recipe called for 1/2 cup of brown sugar and a packet of the Italian dressing mix.  This covered three thighs well.  The fourth thigh was barely coated.  Since I had a lot of thighs to cook and only one packet (poor planning), I decided to try one batch of 4 following the recipe on Pinterest, and another batch of 4 with Ranch dressing mix added to the (*ahem) 1 cup of brown sugar.

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Picture above is the Italian recipe.  The picture below is the Ranch recipe.


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I served one thigh of each recipe to my husband and teen boys with a toothpick in the Ranch recipe thigh.  They were to tell me if they preferred the toothpick thigh or the non-toothpick thigh.  The reviews were completely mixed.  I preferred the Italian.  One son preferred the Italian while the other preferred the Ranch.  My husband liked them both equally.

I suppose I have two new recipes to add to my repertoire. Yay!

Are you ready to make some baked chicken thighs?  Check out the recipe below!

Baked Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar and Italian Dressing Mix


  • Chicken Thighs
  • Packet of Italian dressing mix or Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2-1 cup of brown sugar


  • Mix the packet of dressing mix with the brown sugar. Drop the thighs into the mixture until covered. Place in pan. Bake at 400 degrees until browned and thoroughly cooked.
  • Easy Peasy! Just the way I like it.
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About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children's Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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