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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Soup

Rating: 3.67 stars
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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.

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Za'atar, Potatoes, and Greens

A tip when making this chicken dinner: Cutting slashes into the meat helps it absorb the flavor of the za'atar (herb) rub in this easy one-sheet pan meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.

Green Chicken-Enchilada Pies

This dinner recipe gets its green coloring from mild green tomatillo salsa, which is widely available. Instead of using four small baking dishes, you can bake one pie in an eight-inch dish.