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Top 10 Chicken Thigh Recipes

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Grab the best chicken thigh recipes right here! Chicken thighs are tasty, affordable and so easy to cook. Meaty chicken thighs are the dark meat of the chicken — the most flavorful part of the bird. And bonus, they cost much less than chicken breasts.

Crispy skinned chicken thigh recipe on a platter, with chopped green onions on top.
Crisp-skinned baked chicken thighs, one-pan juicy chicken.

Whether boneless, skinless or bone-in with crispy skin, chicken thighs make very satisfying meals. And they’re so versatile. Chicken thighs can be braised, roasted, baked, stir-fried and grilled.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best chicken thigh recipes we’ve tasted. Save this top ten list and start cooking weeknight dinners everyone will love!

Dinner-party approved: Braised chicken in red wine sauce is a perfect recipe for having people over. Julia Child gives it 5 stars!

Classic Coq Au Vin Recipe

A classic recipe for French-style coq au vin, featuring tender braised chicken in a buttery red wine sauce with mushrooms, shallots and pancetta. Serve this delectable dish with noodles, polenta or mashed potatoes for the ultimate cozy dinner!
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Bone-in, skin-on: Tender, juicy baked bone-in chicken with a crispy skin. So good!

Soy-Ginger Baked Chicken Thighs

A foolproof, hands-off recipe for tasty baked chicken thighs, in a sweet and salty ginger-soy sauce that has a touch of honey and butter.
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Oven-baked: Chicken thighs baked in the oven are an amazing 30-minute dinner, using everyday pantry ingredients like Dijon mustard and boneless chicken thighs.

30-Minute Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs

Quick and delicious baked boneless, skinless chicken thighs with mustard and crispy shallots. A 30-minute recipe to add to your weeknight rotation!
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For the grill: Juicy chicken thighs in a savory ginger glaze, a touch of cayenne pepper and crunchy peanuts.

Sweet Ginger Sticky Chicken Thighs

Incredibly tasty sweet and spicy Asian chicken thighs, grilled and glazed with a gingery sauce with peanuts. Serve with seasoned cucumbers, rice and a squeeze of lime.
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One-dish dinner: Cooked chicken thighs made on a sheet pan with harissa paste and garnished with fresh cilantro.

A bowl with a serving of baked chicken thighs with harissa sauce, pearl couscous and chickpeas with a gold napkin, spoon and fork.

Baked Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas

This super-tasty harissa chicken is full of smoky spices and gentle heat, and it's simple to prepare in one baking pan. Serve with cooked couscous or rice for an easy dinner any night of the week.
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Quick, quick, quick: This is a fast chicken recipe for a busy day, full of sweet-and-sour flavor.

A plate of stir-fried chicken with pineapple and hot and sour sauce.

Stir-Fried Hot and Sour Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple chicken stir-fry with sweet bell peppers in a tart, sweet and spicy sauce. Wake up all your taste buds with this fast and easy recipe! You can substitute shrimp, pork or tofu for a vegetarian dish.
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Stovetop: Super-tender chicken thighs braised in garlic and white wine butter sauce with sun dried tomatoes and thyme.

Chicken in White Wine Sauce (Vino Bianco)

Fork tender and delicious white-wine braised chicken with sun dried tomatoes and thyme in a light sauce. This 30-minute family-favorite is perfect to serve with pasta.
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Stir-fry: Boneless skinless chicken thighs stir-fried with onions, broccoli (or green beans) and a spicy sauce.

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli

A quick, super-tasty chicken and broccoli stir-fry full of green broccoli and tender chicken chunks in a spicy sesame sauce.
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Chicken soup: A quick homemade soup loaded with fresh herbs, noodles and veggie garnish.

Two bowls of noodle soup with chicken, herb sprigs and chopsticks.

Southeast Asian-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

A quick and easy chicken pho noodle soup recipe with aromatic spices, rice noodles and chunks of tender chicken — have takeout at home!
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Slow-cooked or pressure-cooked: Vibrant and delicious chicken thighs in a lime juice and curry coconut sauce can be cooked in an Instant pot or slow cooker.

Coconut Curry Chicken with Chickpeas and Cauliflower {Slow Cooker or Instant Pot}

Creamy and delicious curry-spiced, one-pot chicken stew packed with cauliflower, chickpeas and healthy greens is so easy to make in your pressure cooker or slow cooker. Make-ahead and freezer-friendly. Serve with basmati rice or warm naan on the side to make a complete meal. 
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How long to cook chicken thighs

Bake boneless chicken thighs in the oven about 25 minutes at 425 degrees.
Bake bone-in chicken thighs 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees.
Slow-cook chicken thighs for 35 minutes on medium heat.
Grill chicken thighs about 15 minutes on medium-high heat.
Stir-fry chicken thighs (sliced) 10 minutes on high heat.

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Best chicken thigh recipes, including Boneless Lemon Chicken Thighs with Rosemary

Karen Tedesco
Juicy boneless, skinless chicken thighs roasted with lemon and chili is an easy one-pan dinner. Serve with orzo pasta and sauteed broccolini for a tasty meal.
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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Chicken
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo chili pepper, optional
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped aromatic fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, marjoram or oregano
  • 2 pounds (900 g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 6 pieces


  • Arrange oven rack six inches from heat source and preheat the broiler.
  • Grate the zest of one lemon into a large bowl, then slice in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl (You should have enough juice to make a ¼ cup. If not, use the other lemon to get that amount). Cut the other lemon in half and slice it into thin half moons.
  • Add the salt, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, chili pepper, garlic and herbs to the bowl and whisk together. Put the chicken in the bowl, turning the pieces around to coat in the marinade.
  • Heat a cast-iron (or other heavy oven-proof) skillet large enough to hold the chicken without crowding over medium-high heat on the stovetop. When the pan is hot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the chicken pieces, reserving the marinade.
  • Cook 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken begins to brown. Turn the chicken pieces over with a pair of tongs. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken, tuck the lemon slices in and around the chicken. Place the pan under the broiler. Cook until the chicken is firm and golden and lemon slices begin to brown, 5-7 more minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving dish, pour the pan juices over and serve.


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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