Chicken Thigh Recipes
When it comes time to put a flavorful and budget-friendly dinner on the table, chicken thighs are always at the top of our ingredient list. There are so many different ways you can prepare them, from braising to grilling to slow-cooking. We've rounded up our best recipes for enjoying chicken thighs, so you'll never run out of ideas for budget-friendly weeknight dinners.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
Braised Chicken Thighs with Slow-Cooked Marinara
Recipe: Braised Chicken Thighs with Slow-Cooked Marinara
Let your slow cooker cook your chicken thighs and marinara sauce at the same time.
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Herb Butter
Roasting chicken is a great weeknight technique because it's hands-free and hard to mess up. Let the cooked chicken stand for about 10 minutes before serving so the meat has time to relax and soak up any cooking juices.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Lemons
Recipe: Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Lemons
If you’ve never tried braising before, this is a great recipe to help you learn.
Spiced Molasses BBQ Chicken Thighs
Recipe: Spiced Molasses BBQ Chicken Thighs
An easy homemade glaze elevates the flavor of these grilled chicken thighs.
Chicken Thighs and BBQ Beans
Recipe: Chicken Thighs and BBQ Beans
Cooking the chicken in the same pan as the beans gives the dish extra flavor.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
Lowcountry flavor all packed into one dish for easy cleanup.
Curried Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Curried Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes
Cooking chicken thighs low and slow will make them fall off the bone.
Recipe: Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken
Add a base of basmati rice to complement the honey glaze. You're going to love the sweet and savory flavor combination in our delicious Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken.
Cajun Chicken Cassoulet
Recipe: Cajun Chicken Cassoulet
You’ll need just one dish—your favorite Dutch oven—to create this flavor-packed dish.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Nicknamed "Anytime Chicken" this winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto
This stovetop-to-oven method yields crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat.
Recipe: Faux Cassoulet
For easy sides, grab a loaf of crusty bread, and toss a tangy vinaigrette with fresh pear slices, toasted pecans, escarole, and frisée or a mix of your favorite winter greens.
Crunchy Jerk Tacos with Watermelon-Mango Salsa
Inexpensive, flavorful, and nearly impossible to overcook, chicken thighs are the MVP of poultry cuts. Try them in crunchy jerk tacos.
Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
The trick to extra-savory veggies is cooking the chicken atop the potatoes and carrots.
Citrus-Braised Chicken Thighs
Recipe: Citrus-Braised Chicken Thighs
Spoon the pan sauce over chcken and veggies when serving.
Sesame Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Sesame Chicken Tacos
Add an oriental flair to taco night.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Bacon Satay
Combine chicken and bacon for an appetizer that will be the talk of the party.
Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce
Recipe: Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce
Homemade white BBQ sauce takes these kabobs to the next level.
Crispy Salt-and-Pepper Grilled Chicken Thighs
To make these crispy chicken thights, sprinkle salt on the them ahead of time, and chill in the fridge to pull out excess water—an easy way to guarantee tender meat and crisp skin.
Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Grilling the chicken and vegetables gives this healthy and hearty salad a smoky, sweet flavor. If you prefer, substitute sliced celery for fennel and pearl barley or wheat berries for farro.
Sesame-Chicken Thigh Paillard with Peanut Sauce
Paillard is a French cooking term used to describe a thinly pounded piece of meat that cooks quickly. This recipe gives you a flavorful weeknight meal that's on the table in less than 45 minutes.
Garlic-Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs
Tangy yogurt tenderizes the meat and balances the heat from the jalapeño peppers. Grill indoors on a grill pan, or rev up the outdoor grill. Steamed sugar snap peas round out the meal.
Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Recipe: Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Ditch your plain grilled chicken for a zesty, perfectly spiced dinner instead. Grilled Chipotle Chicken delivers a smoky heat flavor with a touch of sweetness. Try Mexican oregano for extra zing.
Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits
Recipe: Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits
Two Southern icons make the ultimate sandwich, generously topped with pickled green tomatoes and local Raleigh honey.
Roasted Paprika Chicken
Recipe: Roasted Paprika Chicken
Choose a mixture of everyone's favorite chicken pieces, such as drumsticks, bone-in breasts, and thighs.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with White Barbecue Sauce
Chicken Thighs With Chunky Tomato Sauce
Chicken thighs are economical and easily take on the flavor of seasoning blends or marinades. Serving the chicken over mashed potatoes makes this one-dish recipe hearty and filling.
Braised Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes
Substitute an extra 1/4 cup chicken broth in place of the wine, if you prefer.
Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs
Recipe: Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs
Online reviewers claim that these honey-and-mustard-marinated thighs are definitely "company-worthy." Serving them over cheese grits and sautéed spinach makes this grilled chicken dish extraordinary. For a tasty alternative, try these with our quick Honey Mustard Sauce.
Balsamic Garlic-and-Herb Chicken Thighs
Put the noodles on to cook when you start the chicken so that everything's done on time.
Orange-Ginger Grilled Chicken Thighs
A simple, quick marinade adds bold flavor to this grilled chicken recipe, making it perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs
Recipe: Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs
Crispy, crunchy chicken drizzled with a spicy honey mustard sauce is soon to become a favorite chicken dish. Baking the chicken provides a satisfying crunch without the added fat from frying.