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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 with Red Wine

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 Glazed Chicken Thighs

A foolproof, hands-off recipe for tasty baked chicken thighs, in a sweet and salty ginger-soy glaze made with 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 and 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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Grilled marinated chicken thighs arranged on a plate, with chopped herbs sprinkled on top and a fork on the side.

All-Purpose Chicken Thigh Marinade

The only marinade you need for tasty, juicy chicken thighs! Combine soy sauce, vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic and oil to season poultry to juicy perfection. Use the recipe for chicken thighs on the grill or baked in the oven.
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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.

Fork-Tender Braised Chicken Thighs in White Wine Sauce

Follow these to make fork-tender, delicious braised chicken thighs with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and thyme in a light white wine sauce (vino bianco). This easy, one-pan chicken dinner is bursting with rich flavor and is perfect to serve with pasta or a green salad on the side.
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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: An easy homemade chicken soup loaded with noodles and veggies.

A gray bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, full of chicken, chunky carrots and wide pasta noodles.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

A classic homemade chicken noodle soup recipe straight from my Italian grandmother's kitchen. This recipe makes a tasty, nourishing soup loaded with tender chunks of chicken, vegetables and wide noodles to catch all the delicious broth. Easy to cook on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker.
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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.

Quick and Tasty Chicken Thigh Recipes: 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 5 community reviews
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Chicken
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Nutrition

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

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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