Asian-Glazed 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. And chicken thighs are tender and juicy. Simple to prepare, these recipes show how to bring new life and flavor to your table with chicken that everyone will love.
First up, 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.
Skillet Apple Chicken Thighs
When you're craving fall comforts, cook up this quick and easy weeknight dinner. This dish is perfect for easing into fall and comes together in one pan to boot. This dish also works beautifully with pork chops—a twist that's weeknight-fast yet fit for company and makes us simply giddy for fall. Sub 4 (6-ounce) bone-in pork chops for the chicken thighs, searing 5 minutes on each side. Like the thighs, the chops will finish cooking in the apple mixture.
Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs
Chicken Thighs with Ginger-Sesame Glaze
Make-ahead tip: Mix up the glaze first thing in the morning, and allow the chicken thighs to marinate all day long in the refrigerator to soak up even more flavor. After that, getting dinner on the table is as simple as heating up the grill pan.
Poached Chicken Thighs with Ginger-Coconut Quinoa
We cook the quinoa twice—once to absorb the liquid, and again to make it wonderfully creamy. Top that with chipotle and soy glazed chicken thighs for an irresistible meal.
Spiced Grilled Chicken Thighs with Creamy Chile-Herb Sauce
Time: 40 minutes
Use It Up: Spoons any remaining sauce over grilled steak or roasted potatoes, or stir into plain Greek yogurt.
Serve with Grilled Sweet Potato and Bell Pepper Toss
Glazed Chicken Thighs
Fish sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger and minced garlic create the sticky-sweet glaze for these tasty chicken thighs.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ginger Sauce
Flavorful chicken thighs might just be our favorite cut. Here we dress them up with a simple ginger-scallion sauce.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spinach-and-Pea Potato Salad
Time: 40 minutes
Time-Saver: A quick sear and a sprinkle of panko cuts prep and cook time in half compared to breading and baking.
Serve with Chili-Lime Corn
Grilled Lemon-Dijon Chicken Thighs with Arugula Salad
This light, quick main is perfect for warmer months. If you have 5 extra minutes, grill some vegetables to toss into the salad; try asparagus or red onion.
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs with Cremini Mushrooms
A wide skillet and less liquid allow for a relatively short, intense braise--less than 20 minutes, compared to many hour-long versions.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with White Beans
This method for cooking chicken—often referred to as “chicken under a brick”—creates a crispy skin coupled with a succulent interior.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Wild Rice Pilaf
Browning the meat in the pan first adds all that roasted chicken flavor to the pilaf. The Brussels sprouts and chicken thighs slowly braise as the rice cooks—a protein, vegetable side, and starch all in one pan. Sweet golden raisins and cider vinegar balance out the other hearty, earthy flavors in the dish.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peach-Lime Salsa
We love the combination of sweet peaches and fiery peppers; seed the jalapeño if you prefer a dish with hints of pepper flavor, minus the burn.
Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom Lasagna
Chicken thighs poach until tender in stock, which becomes the base for a creamy béchamel sauce. No-boil noodles absorb more liquid during baking for a sturdy slice after freezing and reheating.
Clinched and Planked Chicken Thighs
You can improvise on the board dressing, adding grated garlic or shallots (use a Microplane grater), finely chopped chiles, chopped green onions, or chopped herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and sage.
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.
Cashew Chicken Wheat Berry Salad with Peas
The thigh meat lends an especially moist, rich flavor, but you can use any leftover chicken.
Pineapple Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro-Lime Slaw
A sweet-tangy-spicy glaze of Asian pantry staples caramelizes beautifully under the broiler. To complete the meal, serve with jasmine rice tossed with sliced green onions and lime rind strips.
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.
Quick Chicken and Vegetable Curry with Garlic Naan
Curries are often served over rice, but this version is served like a stew with a side of naan bread for a hearty complete meal.
Tandoori Chicken Thighs
Tandoori Chicken Thighs is 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.
Apricot-Basil Chicken with Freekeh
Freekeh is an ancient variety of wheat that is harvested while green and then roasted for a fantastically nutty, smoky flavor. Package directions call for simmering on low for up to 25 minutes, but here it's cooked a little more quickly by raising the temperature to medium. Substitute couscous, quinoa, or rice if you can't find freekeh. If you can find fresh apricots, swap them in for dried, increasing the amount to 1 cup.
Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts
We dressed the bird boldly in this dish with briny olives and tangy-sweet vinegar.
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. Roasted chicken is perfect for company and makes a easy dish seem very elegant. The sauce not only pairs well with protein, it’s rich and deep flavor transforms the red potatoes and carrots. Don’t be worried about the total cooking time for a weeknight meal - most of the work is done in the oven. Even if you are only cooking for one or two, roasted chicken is even better the next day for leftovers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fig-Glazed Chicken Panini with Brie
For sandwiches with great crunch, look for a rustic whole-grain bread boule. If you have trouble cutting 1-ounce slices across the width of the boule, cut it in half first.
Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Butter-Chive Pasta
You'll be amazed how crisp these schnitzel-inspired cutlets get with only 6 minutes of cooking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fiery Thai Noodle Bowl with Crispy Chicken Thighs
Using the cilantro stems for the base of the sauce (instead of throwing them in the trash) is a flavorful way to stretch a buck or two. If you can't find skin-on boneless chicken thighs, purchase bone-in and bone them yourself or have the butcher do so.