Cooking with Chicken Thighs

Find a variety of recipes that bring new flavor to classic chicken thighs.

Tandoori Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Tandoori Chicken Thighs

Chicken is a versatile and go-to meal option for many chefs, whether it be a weeknight meal, entertaining, or grilling in the summer. Chicken thighs are tender and juicy. Simple to prepare, these 13 recipes show how to bring new life and flavor to your table with chicken that everyone will love.

We'll start off with Tandoori Chicken Thighs, a dish that pairs well with vegetables. Slice half an onion into wedges, and halve and seed six mini sweet peppers. Brush the veggies with a bit of oil, grill them, and serve along with naan bread to round out the meal.

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Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs

The Asian-inspired tasty glaze gives these chicken thighs a mahogany sheen. Rich thigh meat is higher in fat than lean white meat, so the thighs stay moist even when they're roasted without skin. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced green onions, if desired.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish Recipe

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish

A perfect option for summertime menus, this recipe takes basic grilled chicken thighs to the next level with a sweet relish. The pineapple, corn, and bell peppers are perfect served atop the savory chicken.

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Buffalo Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Thighs

This is a classic, can't-go-wrong chicken thighs recipe that everyone will love. Play up the buffalo theme with a side of celery sticks and light ranch dressing.

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Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

If you would rather not use tequila, you can substitute 1/3 cup pineapple juice. Start the grilling over direct heat to get good grill marks and charred bits, and then move to indirect heat to gently finish the cooking.

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

The sweet-and-sour maple-mustard glaze is a great topping that brings some interest to plain grilled chicken thighs. Speed up prep by marinating only 30 minutes. Serve with cabbage-carrot slaw.

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Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

The flavor in this recipe is unparalleled with just the right amount of heat and sweet. Serve with rice and grilled vegetables to cool the plate down.

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Honey-Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Mustard Greens Recipe

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Honey-Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Mustard Greens

Bringing Far East flavor to ordinary chicken, this is a great dish to add some variety to your weeknight meal routine. Serve with rice or lo mein noodles.

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Plums Recipe

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Plums

When they are in season, plums are an excellent addition to braised chicken. Not only do they add sweetness and texture, but they also add a serving of fruit to the meal.

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Ginger-Soy Chicken Thighs with Scallion Rice Recipe

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Ginger-Soy Chicken Thighs with Scallion Rice

If you can't find ginger preserves for these sweet and salty chicken thighs, you can substitute 1/2 cup apricot preserves plus 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger.

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Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce

Add capers along with the olives, parsley, and seasoning for a more briny flavor, if you like. The parsley goes in last to keep its flavor and color intense.

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Moroccan Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Inspired by North African tagines, this Moroccan chicken recipe uses skinless, boneless chicken thighs and is ready in a little over an hour.  Serve the chicken over couscous, and garnish with a cilantro sprig for color.

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Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs Recipe

Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs

Complete the menu with mashed sweet potatoes and a mixed green salad. For more heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño.

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Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts

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Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts

We dressed the bird boldly in this dish with briny olives and tangy-sweet vinegar.

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Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews

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Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews

Fresh basil perfumes the sauce in the stir-fry and makes a pretty garnish. You can substitute chopped unsalted peanuts for the cashews as well.

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Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce

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Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce

As a variation to sautéing, you could grill the chicken thighs—a little charring would complement the sauce. No mortar and pestle? Process the paste base in a mini chopper.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala

This big-batch recipe is an unusual but brilliant choice for freezing. Moist chicken thighs hold up well, especially in the spicy tomato sauce.

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Chicken with Mustard-White Wine Sauce and Spring Vegetables

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Chicken with Mustard-White Wine Sauce and Spring Vegetables

The deep, meaty flavor of chicken thighs stands up to its bold pairings, like mustard-white wine sauce and pungent herbs such as thyme in this recipe. This dish pairs early spring produce with cold-weather comfort.

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Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

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Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

Because you layer this Tex-Mex dish, lasagna-style, instead of rolling each enchilada individually, you save time in the kitchen, and the results are ultimately healthier because the tortillas don't have to be fried or softened in oil before you assemble the casserole.

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Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

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Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

Serve this saucy dish over polenta or pasta. Transform leftovers into soup: Shred the chicken, and place in a pot with sauce. Add unsalted chicken stock, diced zucchini, and diced carrots; simmer until veggies are tender.

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