Recipes for Chicken Thighs

In the world of chicken recipes, chicken thighs are often passed over for chicken breasts. But it's time to reconsider. The dark meat of chicken thighs stays tender, moist, and full of flavor when added to your favorite chicken recipe. Check out these creative ways to cook with chicken thighs today!

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    Lemon-Ginger Chicken Thighs

    A simple spice rub flavored with lemon peel, ginger, and salt adds bright flavor to these pan-seared chicken thighs. Serve finished chicken with a light salad for a well-rounded dinner.

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    Orange Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice

    Craving orange chicken? Step away from the takeout menu: Our 285-calorie version made with moist, delicious chicken thighs delivers the same sticky-sweet satisfaction in an easy, guilt-free package.

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    Honey-Sriracha Grilled Chicken Thighs

    Grilled chicken recipes don’t come easier -- or more delicious! A quick soak in lime juice and sriracha sauce infuses tart and spicy flavor; a coating of honey-spiked glaze makes them delectably sweet.

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    Lemon-Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs

    Earthy sage, bright lemon-flavor chicken thighs, and a medley of vegetables combine in this easy weeknight chicken recipe. Drizzle the reserved cooking liquid on top of the dish for an extra kick of flavor.

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    Quite a Pickle

    Just finished a jar of pickles? Lucky you. Learn our technique for using pickle brine to create incredibly moist, ridiculously flavorful pan-seared chicken thighs. Click to watch!

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    Chicken Cacciatore

    Enjoy this slimmed-down version of an Italian favorite with our Chicken Cacciatore recipe. This one-pan chicken recipe gets its rich flavor from garlic, cremini mushrooms, and a splash of white wine.

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    Make-Ahead Southern Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Green Grape Relish

    We filled a soft sesame bun with tender shredded chicken thigh meat drenched in homemade barbecue sauce and topped it off with a fruity relish for sweet and crunchy contrast.

    Editor’s Tip: Love these sandwiches? Keep the pulled chicken mixture on hand by freezing and storing up to three months.

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    Moroccan Tagine-Style Chicken Thighs

    Few things smell better than Moroccan food as it cooks. A blend of cinnamon, caraway, cumin, and cardamom gives chicken thighs a savory-sweet flavor that carries over into the thick, slow-simmered sauce. Serve this exotic chicken recipe with couscous, if desired.

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    Chicken Thighs and Olives

    We wrote a love letter to Mediterranean flavors in the form of this easy 30-minute skillet recipe, spiced with paprika and garlic and bursting with roma tomatoes, chicken thighs, and two types of olives.

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    How to Cook Ale-Braised Chicken Thighs

    Watch our fab food editor enhance this simple chicken recipe with an ever-versatile beverage: beer. Braising with brown ale keeps the meat tender and juicy -- not to mention making the sauce rich and velvety!

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    Barbecue Chicken Pot Pie

    We combined the best of both worlds (chicken pot pie and barbecue chicken) in this flavorful chicken recipe. In place of regular potatoes, we swapped in sweet potatoes for a boost of vitamin A.

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    Chicken Thighs with Artichokes

    This easy and sophisticated chicken recipe can be ready for dinner in 40 minutes or less. Crispy prosciutto, olives, cremini mushrooms, and artichoke hearts form a quartet of Mediterranean flavors with savory chicken thighs.

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    Pecan-Crusted Chicken Thighs with Braised Greens and Grapes

    Need an impressive chicken recipe that’s ready in, say, less than half an hour? These nutty, pan-fried chicken thighs served with a sweet-tart mixture of grapes and greens have your name on ‘em.

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    German Style Chicken Thighs

    The simplest of ingredients -- think chicken thighs, sauerkraut, potato soup, and a few key seasonings -- combine in remarkable ways to create this super-simple slow cooker recipe. Spoon the tender chicken-and-sauerkraut mixture over hot spaetzle to serve.

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    Thai Green Curry Chicken

    Ready in just over 30 minutes, this easy chicken recipe is bursting with Asian flavors. Green curry paste, coconut milk, and lemon peel form a simple sauce to coat stir-fried chicken and vegetables. Serve atop brown rice sprinkled with coconut and cilantro for authentic presentation.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken: Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken

    This tasty Thai-inspired dinner might become your go-to chicken recipe. Adjust the heat level of the flavorful peanut sauce by adding as little or as much red chile paste as you'd like.

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    Cuban Arroz con Pollo

    This classic Cuban dish -- chicken with rice -- is a hearty and satisfying chicken recipe. Even better? It takes just 15 minutes to prep, then the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you.

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    Chicken Thighs with Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dressing

    The combination of sweet and salty (a result of caramelizing onions in bacon drippings -- yum!) is irresistible in this comforting casserole topped with crispy chicken thighs. Best part? This satisfying recipe has fewer than 300 calories per serving.

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    Spring Chicken Soup

    This easy, ready-in-30-minutes dinner recipe pairs chicken thighs with carrots and bok choy for a healthy, elegant soup with bright, simple flavors. Serve with zesty lemon peel and lemon thyme for a nice zing.

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    Tequila-Marinated Chicken Thighs

    Dish up a south-of-the-border chicken recipe with these tequila-marinated chicken thighs. The marinade includes lime juice, chipotle pepper, and orange juice for smoky flavor with a bit of zip.

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    The End of Boring Chicken: Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

    Boring chicken dinner? We don't think so! Watch this video for instructions on how make tantalizing chicken tetrazzini in the slow cooker -- only a few steps required!

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