Chicken Thigh Recipes

The best of the bird, chicken thighs are more juicy and flavorful than breast meat and cost less, but they are just as versatile. Try our chicken thigh recipes and boneless chicken thigh recipes, we think they have a leg up on white meat.

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Easy Roasted Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3.16 stars
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This oven-roasted chicken recipe showcases juicy, flavorful thighs with a lemony sauce that makes itself in the pan. It's the ideal weeknight dinner for busy families, especially when served with simple Roasted Potatoes.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken and Dumplings

Fluffy parsley-speckled dumplings soak up the flavorful liquid of this chicken stew, the ultimate comfort food that's ideal for dinner on a chilly winter night.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

The old-fashioned version of this soup takes hours to prepare. Here, we've cut down the cooking time by using canned broth and boneless, skinless chicken thighs for an easy, family-friendly soup perfect for lunch or dinner.

Chicken Soup with Rice

Rating: 1.86 stars
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Easy to prepare and nourishing, this straightforward, family-friendly soup recipe uses boneless chicken thighs and white rice. Ready in just an hour, it doesn't need to simmer all day for a full flavor that gets a little extra panache when topped with sharp, grated cheese.

Emeril's Braised Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3.5 stars
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"When I'm preparing this dish, it's all I can do to wait until it's finished simmering to get a taste of the awesome gravy. You've simply gotta cook some rice to eat with this, no doubt about it." Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast".

Fried Chicken Sandwich

A buttermilk fried chicken thigh with unbelievably crisp skin is the centerpiece of this hearty sandwich. It's served on a squishy bun with homemade tartar sauce, shredded lettuce, and dill pickles—an easy, perfect lunch.

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon

Rating: 3.99 stars
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Chicken thighs, one of the moister cuts, cook with the potatoes in stock on the stove and then finish in the oven in this casy dinner recipe. The cooking liquid, along with garlic, olives, and lemon, turns into a pan sauce.

Cajun Jambalaya

One way to distinguish between Cajun and Creole jambalaya: Traditional Cajun cooking doesn't include tomatoes. It does contain plenty of thyme, paprika, and oregano for a flavorful dinner.

Chicken and Dumplings

Rating: 3.77 stars
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This comfort-food recipe combines chicken thighs, plump dumplings, and plenty of vegetables for a meal that's warm and filling. Everything is ready in about an hour, so try them for a weekend meal.

Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken and Beans

Rating: 3.8 stars
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For a hearty dinner of fix-and-forget chicken stew, use a high-quality salsa to save time without skimping on flavor; choose a jar with a short ingredient list. This chicken recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).

Wine-Braised Chicken

Rating: 3.57 stars
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If you're looking for a hearty one-pot meal for dinner, this is it. Listed as coq au vin in cookbooks and on restaurant menus, this French dish has a name that sounds fancy, but it's simply chicken cooked in red wine

Arroz Con Pollo

Rating: 3.69 stars
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The bold flavors of saffron, bay leaves, and garlic infuse Valencia rice, a Spanish variety perfect for slow-cooked dishes and the traditional base for paella. Here, the grains are cooked up with golden-brown chicken thighs and garnished with pimiento-stuffed olives. Saffron gives the rice its warm yellow hue.
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For Dark Meat Lovers: Our Best Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes
Chicken legs and thighs are the unsung heroes of the poultry realm—juicy, meaty, inexpensive, and highly versatile. They're the gateway to worlds of flavor. Here, the best recipes to make them at home.

Chow Mein

This Chinese-American restaurant staple pairs crispy fried noodles with chicken and vegetables stir-fried in a thick brown sauce. This family-friendly dinner couldn't be easier to make.