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    The 45 BEST Chicken Thigh Recipes

    Juicy, tender chicken thighs… Our favorite cut of chicken. This dark meat is loved and preferred by many. They are extremely versatile and inexpensive. When you buy tons of them, there is always that question about what to do with chicken thighs? Well you can do a gazillion different things with these humble little things.

    From baking to braising to grilling to slow cooking, you will end up in one delicious meal every single time. We decided to create this list with some of our most favorite Chicken Thigh Recipes just for you.

    This list covers classics like coq au vin and stews, some great Asian flavors, delicious baking dishes like chicken Provençal and some recipes that cooks slow and low. Any which way you decide to make chicken thighs tonight, get ready for some fabulous flavors.

    45 BEST Chicken Thigh Recipes

    1. Chicken Provençal 

    We are starting this list with a chicken thigh recipe all the way from the South of France. Beautiful golden brown chicken braised in white wine, nestled between eye catching olives, plump cherry tomatoes, oh-so French shallots, tangy capers and plenty of garlic and herbs. Life can’t be more beautiful!

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    2. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    This crock pot Tuscan chicken is drenched in a creamy sauce loaded with great Mediterranean flavors. It’s one easy and delicious make ahead weeknight dinner! Treat your friends and family to these amazing flavors.

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    3. Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

    This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is absolutely Irresist-A-Bowl! Tender juicy chicken, glistening in tasty sauce, alongside Asian coleslaw and creamy avocado. All atop a bed of hot rice. Yum!

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    4. Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots

    This gorgeous Mediterranean braised chicken is your coq au vin taken to the next level! So many layers of flavor, yet so easy. Impress your guests or save it for yourself, the choice is yours!

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    5. Creamy Pesto Chicken Skillet

    This creamy pesto chicken skillet is a great weeknight dinner recipe. It happens super fast, 3O minutes fast! Tender chicken and loads of veggies in a delicious creamy pesto sauce. YUM!

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    6. Smothered Chicken

    This Smothered Chicken is the ultimate Southern comfort food. Generously seasoned seared chicken thighs smothered in an amazing gravy. YUM!

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    7. Kung Pao Chicken

    It’s savory, it’s sweet, it’s tangy, and those dried chilis give it just a bit of kick! This quick stir fry is one of those super easy chicken thigh recipes. Perfect week-night meal! Make this favorite Asian restaurant dish right in your kitchen.

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    8. Jamaican Curry Chicken

    This Jamaican Curry Chicken is a MUST for all you fellow curry lovers. It’s super easy and absolutely loaded with great flavors!

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    9. Crock Pot (or Instant Pot) Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

    This Hawaiian Pineapple chicken is a fall off the bone hit. Just a few minutes of hands on time and your trusty crock pot or instant pot does the rest! This is one of the easiest chicken thigh recipes you’ll ever find!

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    10. Trinidadian Curry Chicken

    This curry chicken from the Caribbean island country of Trinidad is one of my favorite chicken thigh recipes. Curry powder and fresh herbs and aromatics in their green seasoning form the base of this super simple chicken affair.

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    11. Chicken Cacciatore

    This classic rustic Italian dish is extremely flavorful. Chicken is cooked to fall off the bone tender low and slow along with onions, tomatoes, Italian fresh herbs, vegetables, and wine. Your whole family is going to love this delicious Italian meal.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    12. Creamy Chicken Piccata

    Chicken piccata is a classic chicken dish for a reason. Full of fresh flavors and easy to make, it’s a go to dish for many of us. Piccata is an Italian style of cooking. Here Chicken is dredged in flour, then sautéed in a sauce made up of lemon juice, butter, and capers. This one turns creamier with a dash of some cream… yum.

    Get the Recipe @ easychickenrecipes

    13. Rosemary, Chicken & Peach Salad

    This salad is a perfect lunch option for summer days. Peach slices, grilled rosemary-thyme chicken, charred corn kernels and crisp bacon with the creamiest balsamic dressing… Dig in.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    14. Coq au Vin

    This one is a more traditional coq au vin stew. Classic French cooking at its best. Here chicken is braised in red wine with mushrooms and crisp pancetta. It’s a big comfort pot for the whole family.

    Get the Recipe @ onceuponachef

    15. Chicken Marsala

    This easy chicken marsala recipe is great for those meal times when you’re seeking a comfort meal. It is packed with fulfilling protein and flavorful spices to satisfy you any time. In just under 40 minutes, this one tastes like the restaurant, but made at home.

    Get the Recipe @ charisseyu

    16. Lemon Butter Chicken

    Lemon butter chicken with cream sauce is an easy and tasty dish that is cooked on the stovetop and then baked in the oven in one pan. Chicken thighs are cooked in a flavorful lemon and garlic cream sauce for a simple and delicious meal.

    Get the Recipe @ easychickenrecipes

    17. Thai Chicken Satay

    This is a quick and easy Chicken Satay recipe using bone-in chicken thighs. Chicken is cooked in a thick and creamy peanut sauce with great Asian flavors. Serve it over your favorite rice.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    18. Greek Lemon Chicken

    Greek Lemon Chicken is a zest of sweetness with a hint of summer all in one pan! This chicken is made with a handful of ingredients and is easy-peazy. It takes just a few spices, some garlic, lemon and olive oil, that’s it!  Greek Chicken is the most delicious chicken, the roasted lemon wedges adds zing and freshness. The lemons also create the most delicious sauce!  

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    19. Chicken Dijon in White Wine Sauce

    Chicken Dijon in White Wine Sauce is the dish if you are craving creamy chicken. This amazing white wine sauce has 3 types of mustard and is sure to please. This easy chicken recipe can be dressed up for date night, or reheated for lunch on the go.

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    20. Easy Chicken Tacos

    With a simple spice rub, the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop! Dice it into small pieces and serve with pico, avocado and lime! Taco time, here I come…

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    21. Asian Glazed Orange Chicken

    This sticky, sweet and spicy orange chicken sauce with ginger and garlic dresses up juicy chicken thighs for a fast and easy dinner. Now you can make everybody’d favorite orange chicken without going to the take out restaurant.

    Get the Recipe @ foodiecrush

    22. Crockpot Chicken Thighs

    Chicken Thighs cooked in the crock pot make a mouthwatering recipe that’s perfect for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend! Juicy chicken coated in a thick rich sauce flavored with garlic, honey, and soy sauce is a slow cooker hit.

    Get the Recipe @ asouthernsoul

    23. One Pot Spanish Chicken & Rice

    Arroz con pollo, meaning Chicken and Rice is a very popular Latin American dish. Saffron, paprika, garlic…. so many classic flavors that make this one of the best Chicken and Rice meals ever. Great one pan chicken thigh recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    24. Marry Me Chicken

    This luscious, flavorful and creamy chicken dish will make you swoon! This easy recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and one pan, worthy of a marriage proposal! No wonder its called Marry Me Chicken…

    Get the Recipe @ cravinghomecooked

    25. Butter Chicken

    Indian Butter Chicken is a super popular dish made with tender chicken thighs and a deliciously seasoned, creamy, buttery tomato based sauce. Serve it with freshly cooked basmati rice or naan bread and the compliments will abound at the dinner table.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    26. Huli Huli Chicken

    This huli huli chicken is chicken thighs marinated in a mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and spices, then grilled to tender perfection. A tropical meal that’s easy to make and is sure to please any crowd!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    27. Chicken Shawarma

    This Chicken Shawarma recipe is going to be your NEXT favorite thing. Just a handful of every day spices makes an incredible shawarma marinade that infuses the chicken with exotic Middle Eastern flavors. The smell when this is cooking is absolutely incredible. Serve this for your next family gathering and please the crowd.

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    28. Chicken Stew

    This Chicken Stew is loaded with juicy chicken, buttery potatoes, hearty carrots and celery, fresh green beans and aromatic onions, garlic and herbs in a rich, cozy gravy-broth. It’s an amazing pot of flavor and texture. This easy Chicken Stew recipe is also extremely versatile and pantry friendly too.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    29. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

    This chicken and dumplings is something between a stew and a soup. It’s just a bowl of humble, comforting, creamy goodness. This pot is loaded with potatoes, peas, chicken, biscuit-like dumplings, and is nice and creamy without the cream. The potatoes and biscuits share some of their starchiness to make the whole thing super cozy and rich without needing any additional dairy.

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    30. Crockpot Apricot Chicken

    Apricot Chicken is a super easy and incredibly delicious dinner your whole family is going to love! Sweet, savory and full of flavor, the chicken is tender and juicy. Best part? It cooks in the crock pot.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    31. Greek Chicken Kabobs

    Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. All so good…  Serve it with grilled pita bread, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cubed feta, kalamata olives, and tzatziki sauce and you are all set for a great Greek night.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    32. One Pot Mediterranean Chicken & Rice

    One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is about to be your new favorite easy peasy weeknight dinner! Made in one skillet, this recipe brings big, fresh flavor with plenty of herbs and bright lemon. You just might want to serve it at your next dinner party after trying these beautiful flavors!

    Get the Recipe @ messinthekitchen

    33. Chicken Fricassee

    This chicken fricassee is tender chicken pieces simmered in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and carrots. An easy, one pot meal that’s quick enough for a busy weeknight, yet elegant enough to serve to company!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    34. Sheet Pan Greek Chicken

    This super easy Greek Chicken is an entire meal cooked in just one pan with little fuss! With lemon, garlic and olive oil, this meal is full of flavor! Perfect for busy nights or relaxed weekends, juicy chicken thighs are nestled in a bed of potatoes, peppers, onions, and tomatoes for a delicious meal.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    35. Thai Red Curry with Chicken

    Your Thai Restaurant favorite is so easy to cook in your own kitchen. Big, bold Thai flavors, beautifully fragrant, the creamy red curry sauce is so good you can put anything in it and it will be amazing! This is IT when you crave Asian flavors and it can be made in 30 minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    36. Chicken Adobo

    This Filipino Chicken Adobo is a simple, yet delicious stove-top quick chicken recipe. Made so easily in one pot, with just a few everyday simple pantry ingredients, this national dish of the Philippines is sure to become a family favorite! Sweet, sticky and tangy chicken marinated in a marinade that requires a handful of ingredients, seared to perfection then braised until fall-off-the-bone tender. Try this easy chicken thigh recipe tonight.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    37. Honey Garlic Sriracha Chicken

    Flavor packed honey garlic sriracha chicken, made with the easiest and most delicious marinade/dipping sauce! If you love sweet and spicy, THIS Honey Garlic Sriracha Chicken recipe is for you! With options to alter the amount of spice in sauce, you can make it either milder or hotter…t he choice is yours!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    38. General Tso’s Chicken

    Craving some Chinese Food? This recipe for General Tso’s chicken is battered crispy chicken pieces tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. A take-out classic that’s simple to make at home and even better than what you’d get in a restaurant!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    39. Doner Kebab

    Doner Kebabs are a Turkish kebab recipe that’s healthy, juicy and bursting with exotic flavors from an easy marinade layered with hand-picked seasonings. This chicken thigh recipe is excellent for meal prep, make ahead lunch/dinners, entertaining and leftovers.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    40. Spicy Italian Chicken Casserole

    Crispy chicken in a spicy tomato sauce with bell peppers, olives and capers. This Italian Chicken Casserole is stew-like with plenty of sauce to sop up with crusty bread or to toss through pasta. A fabulous, hearty dinner you can get on the table in less than 30 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    41. Mediterranean Chicken

    This chicken thigh recipe for Mediterranean chicken has olives, roasted peppers and orzo, all cooked in a single pan. An easy and healthy dinner option with minimal clean up at the end of the night! Perfect if you are craving Mediterranean flavors.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    42. Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mushroom Garlic Sauce

    Crispy boneless chicken thighs in a thick and creamy mushroom sauce with garlic, herbs and parmesan cheese is the weeknight dinner everyone will love. There’s nothing like a quick and easy chicken thigh recipe to whip up and have on the table in less than 15 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    43. Sundried Tomato Chicken & Gnocchi

    Tender, juicy chicken thighs in an AMAZING garlicky sun dried tomato cream sauce. So simple, so good. This pot has soft-pillowy gnocchi, juicy chicken thighs, and a light, garlicky sun dried tomato cream and wine sauce with all the crusty bread to sop up that goodness. What more could you need?

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    44. French Chicken Casserole

    The coziest, most wholesome meal. With golden brown chicken, tender potatoes, white wine, fresh rosemary and thyme. Perfect easy chicken thigh recipe to put in your weekly rotation.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    45. Biryani

    We are ending this amazing delicious list with our all time favorite, Biryani. This will take your time and attention, but the end result is so so worth in every single morsel. Biryani is your favorite chicken curry or other protein of choice buried under a mound of delicately spiced fluffy rice, all made in one pot. Once you make this, you are coming back to this one again and again.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    There you have it, so many choices and ideas about what to do with chicken thighs. You can make a very quick, yet delicious cracking meal or something that simmers slow and low resulting in mouthwatering fall off the bones results.

    Pin or book mark this collection of varied chicken thigh recipes so you have all these wonderful dishes on one page. Try any or all and let us know which one you liked the most. Have fun…

    45 BEST Chicken Thigh Recipes

    The 45 BEST Ways to Cook Chicken Thighs

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    This great collection of Chicken Thigh Recipes will give you plenty of easy weeknight dinner ideas! For a super quick one, try this Kung Pao Chicken:



    • 1 &1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
    • 2 Tbsp cooking sherry
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp corn starch


    • 1/2 cup chicken stock
    • 6 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp cooking sherry
    • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
    • 2 Tbsp sugar
    • 1 Tbsp corn starch

    Stir Fry

    • 4 Tbsp cooking oil divided
    • 2 1/2 Tbsp garlic (6-8 cloves)
    • 3 Tbsp ginger
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • 1 green bell pepper
    • 8-10 dried chilies
    • 4 green onion cut to 1 inch pieces
    • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
    • 2 tsp sesame oil


      1. First, mix all chicken ingredients, set aside.
      2. While chicken marinates, mix sauce and dice vegetables.
      3. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 2 tb cooking oil, then fry chicken for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once it begins to brown, remove from pan and set aside.
      4. Add remaining cooking oil, ginger, garlic, chili peppers and bell peppers. Fry for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
      5. Add sauce, bring to boil. Once it begins to thicken, add chicken mix everything nicely for about 2 minutes.
      6. Add peanuts, green onions and sesame oil, simmer for about 2 minutes.
      7. Serve with rice. Enjoy!


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