14 Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes To Make Tonight

Give those chicken breasts a rest.

Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs

Jim Franco

If you're in need of quick, flavorful, and budget-friendly weeknight dinner options, we've got two words for you: Chicken thighs. Sometimes overlooked and always underestimated, this meat main is full of surprises. The reason why so many people jump ship and pick chicken thighs' slightly less flavorful sibling, chicken breasts, is simple: Chicken breasts are usually bought boneless, which some may translate as "easier" or "less fussy." Well, we're here to remind you that you can, indeed, buy boneless chicken thighs at the grocery store, and they are going to be miles tastier than any breast. Broil, grill, fry, sauté, bake, roast, boil, or stir-fry it—a chicken thigh should be pictured right by the dictionary definition of a weeknight warrior. That’s why next time you’re at the store, pay those chicken breasts no mind. Walk right past them, and past the skin-on, bone-in thighs too, and pick up a pack of boneless chicken thighs. These boneless chicken thigh recipes are sure to save dinner, time and again, if you just let them.

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Chicken-And-Collards Pilau

Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
Greg Dupree

You'll want to make this one-pot wonder a regular on the dinner table. It's packed with chicken, sausage, quick-cooking rice, and collards.

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Cajun Chicken Cassoulet

Cajun Chicken Cassoulet
Iain Bagwell

We put a Southern spin on this classic slow-cooked French dish—and we think it's better for it. Plus, it's made in just one pot.

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Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
Jennifer Davick

Dinner has never been snappier thanks to this recipe. The chicken is cooked with  garlic, cloves, broth, and ginger for tasty, tender chicken noodle bowls.

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Chicken Stew And Dumplings

Chicken Stew and Dumplings
Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

We went for chicken thighs and bacon to make this one of the tastiest suppers on the market. However, this meal's also got a healthy secret: we use cake flour and nonfat buttermilk to cut the fat content in half.

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Cauliflower Rice Bowl With Tahini-Herb Chicken

Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Tahini-Herb Chicken
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Christine Keely

This colorful bowl is as hearty and bright as can be. Using cauliflower rice and a generous drizzle of Greek yogurt dressing guarantees a veggie-forward supper that will satisfy.

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Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs

Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs
Photographer: Will Dickey

Chicken cutlets are given a delectable upgrade when made with chicken thighs rather than the usual breasts. Follow this recipe for juicy, tender chicken with a crispy coating.

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Chicken And Cornbread Dumplings

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Iain Bagwell

Our take on chicken and dumplings has two stars that fight for the center of attention: juicy shredded chicken thighs and scrumptious cornbread dumplings. When they come together they make dinnertime magic.

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Chicken And Shrimp Skillet Rice

Skillet Rice with Shrimp and Chicken
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

How did we pack so many bright ingredients and so much delicious flavor in one dish? Follow just three steps to find out.

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Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
Caitlin Bensel

Add boneless chicken thighs to your grocery list because this recipe is sure to become a staple for your dinnertime rotation. We enjoy this slow-cooked chicken recipe over rice, but it also doubles as a perfect filling for tacos or a topper for baked potatoes.

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Mojo Chicken Bowls

Mojo Chicken Bowls
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Get dinner worth raving over on the table quick and easy. These fresh veggies, rice, and juicy grilled chicken thighs owe their wow-factor to Cuban mojo marinade and sauce.

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Homemade Fried Chicken Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

If you're craving the crunch of a fried chicken sandwich but want to avoid the drive-thru, we'll do you one better. This copycat fried chicken sandwich will far outshine any fast food joint.

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Chicken And Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken And Sausage Jambalaya

Jen Causey; Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Serve up a big batch of classic Creole goodness for supper this evening. We use both chicken thighs and smoked sausage for impeccable taste in this comforting dinner.

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Skillet BBQ Chicken

bbq chicken in a skillet
Alison Miksch

The whole family will adore this easy dinner made in a cast-iron skillet. Customize this recipe to your crew's preferences by adding or withholding the hot sauce and cayenne pepper.

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Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs

Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs
Jim Franco

Marinating your chicken thighs in buttermilk ensures the juiciest meat yet, complemented by a hint of honey and hot sauce. We especially love this dish served with pesto or Romesco sauce.

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