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 stars 1540
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.

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.

General Tso's Chicken

Invented in 1950s Taiwan by chef Peng Chang-Kuei, this crowd-pleasing fried chicken dish was adapted for American palates with a chile-spiked sweet-and-sour sauce and has since become a Chinese takeout classic.

Emeril's Braised Chicken Thighs

Rating: 3.5 stars 176
For this braised chicken thighs recipe, the thighs are seasoned with a make-it-yourself Cajun seasoning before their skin is browned in a hot skillet. A mixture of oil and butter keeps the latter from burning while searing and infusing the chicken thighs with buttery flavor from the start. The chicken then cooks low and slow in an aromatic stock mixture infused with the comforting flavors of thyme and rosemary. Don't skip the rice for serving—you'll want to enjoy every bit of Emeril's flavorful gravy. 

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.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken and Dumplings

Fluffy parsley-speckled dumplings soak up the flavorful liquid of this chicken stew. The test kitchen uses chicken thighs for our Martha Stewart chicken and dumplings. This dish is the ultimate comfort food and ideal for dinner on a chilly winter night.

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon

Rating: 4 stars 109
Chicken thighs, one of the moister cuts, cook with the potatoes in stock on the stove and then finish in the oven in this easy dinner recipe. The cooking liquid, along with garlic, olives, and lemon, turns into a pan sauce.

Chicken and Dumplings

Rating: 4 stars 765
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.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 246
Bright butternut squash gives beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber to this satisfying homemade soup. Serve it for dinner or—if you can't wait—lunch.

White Bean Chicken Chili

This family-friendly chili starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. After searing them, combine with cooked onions and chopped poblanos before adding in spices (coriander, cumin, and chili powder) and canned green chiles. Thicken with a little cornmeal and stir in two cans of white beans for a hearty, comforting meal. Make it a day ahead if you like; the flavors improve overnight.

Coq au Vin

Rating: 3.5 stars 52
In this classic French recipe, the wine in coq au vin mellows into a luxuriously rich, velvety sauce punctuated by smoky bacon. Earthy mushrooms envelope each piece of tender chicken—no wonder it's such a crowd-pleasing dinner option.

Chicken-and-Broccoli Stir-Fry

Rating: 3 stars 375
Oyster sauce adds a deep, savory flavor to the easy, family friendly chicken-and-broccoli stir-fry.

Inspiration and Ideas

33 Fast and Delicious Chicken Thigh Recipes to Make for Dinner
Inexpensive, tasty, and quick to cook, chicken thighs are exactly what your weeknight dinner routine needs. Here, we're sharing our favorite recipes to prepare when you want a change of pace.
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.
Chicken and Mushroom Tagliatelle
Rating: 3.5 stars 45

If you're saving your "cheat" day for a bowl of this decadent chicken dinner, you'll have no regrets. Heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and mushrooms unite with chicken thighs in this worthy pasta that's family friendly and easy too.