Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes

Juicy, inexpensive and highly versatile, chicken thighs are the unsung heroes of the protein realm. Enjoy them baked, braised, glazed or grilled with these delicious recipes.

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Roman-Style Chicken

Giada De Laurentiis' saucy, flavorful chicken is perfect for entertaining, since you can cook it ahead and reheat it when it's time to serve.

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Braised Paprika Chicken

Bone-in chicken thighs and a hearty russet potato, diced, are ideal for soaking up this peppery sauce.

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Shoyu Chicken

Hearty chicken thighs are the perfect canvas for this intensely sweet and salty shoyu glaze, which consists of soy sauce, light brown sugar, garlic, ginger and mirin (Japanese rice wine vinegar).

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Instant Pot Chicken Marbella

This classic dinner party dish is made from start to finish in the multi-cooker. Briny capers and olives marry with dried apricots and a touch of brown sugar for the perfect blend of sweet and savory.

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The Best Chicken Biryani

We think this is a truly amazing and delicious version of the classic Indian layered rice dish. Our method is close to the traditional way, except we finish ours in the oven rather than on the stovetop. This ensures even heating, which acts as an insurance policy against burning. Save the leftover onion oil – it's very fragrant and flavorful and can be used in other sauces.

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Keto Sheet Pan Chicken and Loaded Cauliflower

In a sheet pan meal, everything cooks together on one baking sheet, making prep and cleanup a breeze. We chose chicken thighs because they're flavorful and juicy. The cauliflower, a keto-friendly vegetable, gets loaded with cheese, sour cream and bacon — a nod to a classic baked potato.

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20-Minute Chicken Thighs and Couscous with Dill

Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts is a smart way to make sure the meat stays moist and flavorful. And we love the way grape tomatoes soften under the heat of the broiler, adding more juicy goodness to the chicken. Lots of lemon, plus dill and oregano, give the dish a Greek feel.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Michael uses an overnight dry rub to infuse chicken thighs with tons of flavor and a charcoal grill ensures they come out with crispy skin and smoky flavor. Use the best of summer berries as the base for a tangy BBQ sauce for drizzling over the top.

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Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Grapes and Olives

Grapes may seem like an unlikely addition here, but the combination of the sweet fruit with the meaty chicken thighs and the briny capers and olives hits the perfect salty-sweet note.

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Chicken in Mustard

Give a classic French bistro recipe a wallet-friendly spin by swapping the pricey rabbit for inexpensive chicken thighs. Braise the chicken in a rich and creamy sauce until tender, then serve over Melissa d'Arabian's buttery noodles.

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Get all the flavors of your favorite Chinese takeout with a fraction of the sodium and carbs with these broiled chicken thighs drizzled in a delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.

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Chicken Cacciatore

Buttery egg noodles are topped with juicy browned chicken thighs and a medley of sauteed vegetables in Ree Drummond's classic chicken cacciatore recipe.

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Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce

Chicken thighs are the best poultry option for soaking up the spicy, garlicky harissa sauce in this one-pot meal. The fresh herbs and sweet apricots will help to offset some of the intensity of the harissa.

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Deviled Chicken Thighs

For this easy weeknight dinner, dredge juicy chicken thighs in a tangy Dijon mustard mixture, roll them in spicy Parmesan breadcrumbs, then bake them until they're crisp and golden-brown.

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Marinated Chicken Thighs

Marc Forgione marinates skin-on chicken thighs overnight in an herb-garlic mixture before grilling them. "This is a great basic marinade for grilling meats," Marc says, "and the pink peppercorns add a nice spicy kick."

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Israeli Couscous Salad

Food Network Kitchen chefs treat chicken to a Greek-inspired marinade of lemon, garlic and oregano. Raisins, olives and feta make the couscous sweet and salty.

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Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Don’t let your pan drippings go to waste! Ina whips up a rich and creamy mustard sauce by combining white wine, mustard and crème fraiche with the juices rendered from the cooked chicken thighs.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Move over beef — chicken is in the house. This great weeknight meal takes less than 15 minutes to prep, then the slow cooker does the rest.

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Sweet and Spicy Apricot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Cooking for a crowd? Valerie’s five-star chicken dish, which she flavors with sweet apricot jam and spicy Fresno chile, offers something for everyone.

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Chicken Tandoori

Marinate your chicken thighs in Food Network Magazine's zingy ginger-yogurt sauce for just 15 minutes before broiling until they're golden-brown. To serve, finish the chicken with a few more spoonfuls of the sauce.

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Bone Broth-Braised Turmeric Chicken with Veggies

Thanks to the turmeric, Trisha’s hearty dish is bursting with both flavor and color. She cooks carrots and cauliflower in the same pot, which cuts down on both cook time and cleanup.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

Soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger (along with the natural juices of the chicken) become irresistible sauce to serve over chicken thighs and rice. If you like a thicker sauce, simply add cornstarch at the end and cook a little longer.

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Chunky Chicken Chowder

Sunny Anderson browns the chicken in the pot to add intense savory flavor before transforming it into a warming soup with potatoes, corn and cream.

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Beer-Braised Chicken

This savory braised chicken dish doesn't hold back on flavor. It calls for brown ale, dark brown sugar and thick-cut bacon.

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Jerk-Rubbed Chicken Thighs with Homemade Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce

Bobby Flay's jerk rub is full of spices and gets a little heat from cayenne pepper. His sweet-and-spicy mango-habanero sauce adds a refreshing zip.

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Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples

Tangy honey mustard and sweet-tart apples work perfectly in this easy chicken dish. Be sure to use apples that are good for cooking, such as Cortlands — they are resistant to browning and bring a tart, bright flavor.

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Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

Melissa cooks chicken thighs with about 20 cloves of garlic, which become sweet and tender in the oven. Serve this dish with bread to spread with the roasted garlic and soak up the sauce.

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

This dish is beloved for a reason — it's warm, comforting and flavorful. And since there's no need to marinate the chicken first, it's perfect for a last-minute dinner.

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Chicken Stroganoff

The chefs in Food Network Kitchen reimagined this comforting weeknight meal by using juicy chicken thighs in place of traditional beef.

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Sweet Heat Chicken Thighs

You can’t go wrong with Ree’s one-pot wonder. She simmers chicken thighs, butternut squash and onions in a sweet and spicy sauce, then wilts in shredded kale just before serving.

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Crispy Roasted Chicken Thighs with Chipotle-Coconut Sauce and Black Bean-Mango Salad

Top roasted chicken thighs with a spicy coconut pan sauce and serve them with black beans tossed with mango, onion and cilantro.

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Heirloom Garlic Clove Chicken Thighs

Put your cast iron skillet to work with Valerie’s fan-favorite recipe. She recommends cooking the chicken thighs over medium-high heat until the skin gets crispy, then roasting in the oven until the chicken is cooked and deliciously juicy.

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Dirty P's Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Save yourself some time on dinner prep and marinate your chicken in a blend of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice the night before.

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30-Minute Grilled Chicken Thighs with Watermelon and Feta Salad

Massaging the marinade into the chicken works its flavors into the meat, cutting down on marinating time. And you can make the sweet-and-savory watermelon salad while the chicken marinates.

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Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs are coated in a potent breadcrumb mix that's laced with chili powder and cayenne. Serve them with juicy grilled tomatoes to offset the intensity of the heat.

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Chicken and Rice Paprikash Casserole

Chicken paprikash becomes a one-dish dinner in this casserole. Bell peppers aren't traditional, but they add a lot of vitamin C and natural sweetness to the dish. The brown rice soaks up the sauce and becomes incredibly rich and satisfying.

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

This recipe is for the ultimate garlic lover. Chicken thighs are braised until tender in a rich, roasted garlic sauce, then topped with fried garlic chips. There's even enough roasted garlic paste to whip up a loaf of garlic bread while the chicken cooks.

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Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs

Think of this light, healthy supper as a next-level take on pasta with meatballs. Instead of a ground-meat mixture, though, there are chunks of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which stay moist and tender while simmering in the sauce.

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Lemon-and-Herb-Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Anne Burrell combines lemon juice with fresh sage and fresh rosemary for an earthy marinade. Grill up some halved lemons and serve alongside the chicken for a rustic touch your guests will appreciate.

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Grilled Citrus-Marinated Chicken Thighs

Using both the zest and the juice of the citrus gives these chicken thighs their intense flavor. Add a little heat with a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

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Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

This rich dish of boneless chicken thighs and potatoes is flavored with lemon and parsley. It's hearty and filling, yet perfect for warmer weather.

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Ellie Krieger proves that white meat isn't the only good-for-you part of the chicken. She uses bone-in chicken thighs with the skin removed and brushes the meat with a tangy low-fat glaze before baking.

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Turmeric Chicken Flatbread

Turmeric, the bright orange spice that is sweeping the nation, is popular in smoothies and juices, but we upped the ante and used it to season boneless chicken thighs. Mixed with pumpkin pie spice (you read that right--it can be used for more than just pie!), it makes a flavorful seasoning for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Served on top of crispy naan and drizzled on a tangy yogurt sauce, you've got a complete meal in just 20 minutes!

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