Chicken Thighs Recipes

With their slightly higher fat content, chicken thighs add depth to sandwiches, soups, and casseroles. Make mega-batches of these easy chicken thigh recipes -- grilled, terriyaki, glazed, or fried -- and serve them as you need them for parties, picnics, or everyday meals at home.

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Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken

From EatingWell

Hoisin sauce along with pureed tart raspberries makes a wonderful Chinese-inspired marinade and dipping sauce for grilled chicken. Plan ahead: The chicken thighs benefit from marinating for at least 2 hours before grilling.

Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken

Tuscan Spice Rub

From EatingWell

Take a trip to Italy with this Tuscan-inspired rub, aromatic with fennel, basil, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Try it on boneless, skinless chicken thighs, salmon steaks or lamb chops.

Tuscan Spice Rub

Hunter's Chicken Stew

From EatingWell

Hunter's Chicken is found across Northern Italy, with many variations. This version uses meaty bone-in chicken thighs and is full of onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It's also delicious served over egg noodles.

Hunter's Chicken Stew

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

From EatingWell

Grilled teriyaki chicken with pineapple can be made with just a few pantry staples. Although it's delicious when made with canned pineapple, fresh pineapple and its juice can easily be used in its place. Serve with brown rice and snow peas.

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken Thighs with Pear & Leek Sauce

From EatingWell

Here, we combine currant jelly--a tasty "secret" ingredient in rich sauces for game birds or poultry--with a medley of fall flavors, such as pears, walnuts and leeks, to make a quick pan sauce. Serve with quinoa and broccolini.

Chicken Thighs with Pear & Leek Sauce

Kumquat Tagine

From EatingWell

A tagine is a slow-cooked Moroccan stew (traditionally served over couscous)--but here it's quicker and (dare we say it?) tastier, thanks in large part to the bright spike of kumquats.

Kumquat Tagine

Chicken Cassoulet

From EatingWell

A classic cassoulet takes two days to make and is larded with fat. This version keeps it simple with one skillet and a light touch. Serve with some crusty whole-grain rolls.

Chicken Cassoulet

Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken

From EatingWell

Enjoy this crunchy chicken at home for a family supper or take it along on a picnic to eat cold--no forks and knives required! For best flavor, shop for locally raised natural chicken and grade B maple syrup.

Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken

Curried Chicken with Mango Salad

From EatingWell

If you don't want to heat up your kitchen you can cook the chicken on the grill instead; grill on high heat, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Make it a meal: Serve with a fragrant brown basmati rice.

Curried Chicken with Mango Salad

Barbecue Pulled Chicken

From EatingWell

This fanciful reinterpretation of pulled pork uses chicken and lots of tomato sauce. Have sliced jalapenos, sliced red onions and some sour cream on hand to top this hearty main course.

Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Chicken Thighs with Green Olive, Cherry & Port Sauce

From EatingWell

This sweet and salty sauce with dried cherries and port is wonderful over succulent chicken thighs. It's also great with lean pork or chicken breast. Substitute cranberry juice for the port if you prefer. Serve with farro tossed with chopped pistachios and fresh herbs and steamed green beans.

Chicken Thighs with Green Olive, Cherry & Port Sauce

Turkish Chicken Thighs

From EatingWell

The acidity of the yogurt helps tenderize the chicken and keep it moist. If you can't find hot paprika, substitute 2 teaspoons sweet paprika and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne.

Turkish Chicken Thighs

Greek Chicken & Vegetable Ragout

From EatingWell

Chicken thighs stay moist and succulent during slow cooking, infusing the accompanying vegetables with superb flavor. This easy braise has a luxurious finish of avgolemono, a versatile Greek sauce made with egg, lemon and fresh dill. Serve with whole-wheat orzo or crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

Greek Chicken & Vegetable Ragout

Chicken Tagine with Pomegranates

From EatingWell

The Moroccan word tagine, when translated simply as "stew," hardly does justice to this beautifully fragrant, succulent one-dish meal. (Tagine is also the name of the distinctive pot in which the meal is traditionally cooked and served.) Pomegranate juice lends a tart depth of flavor to the sauce; use bottled juice and skip the garnish when the fruit is not in season. Serve with whole-wheat couscous to soak up the delicious sauce.

Chicken Tagine with Pomegranates

Oven-Fried Chicken

From EatingWell

Great news - crunchy, flavorful fried chicken can be healthy. We marinate skinless chicken in buttermilk to keep it juicy. A light coating of flour, sesame seeds and spices, misted with olive oil, forms an appealing crust during baking. And with only 7 grams of fat per serving rather than the 20 in typical fried chicken - that is good news.

Oven-Fried Chicken

Lime-Honey Glazed Chicken

From EatingWell

The sweet and tangy lime-honey marinade is simmered on the stovetop and then used as a sauce to baste and glaze the chicken. Don't let the chicken marinate any longer than 2 hours; overmarinating in soy sauce and lime juice can make the texture of the meat spongy.

Lime-Honey Glazed Chicken

Chicken in Garlic-Vinegar Sauce

From EatingWell

Braising chicken in vinegar and herbs is a very popular way of cooking in Mediterranean Europe. Often paired with sweet sausage, this is a gutsy, wholesome dish that can be made a day ahead. Serve with whole-wheat couscous tossed with fresh herbs and steamed broccolini.

Chicken in Garlic-Vinegar Sauce

Braised Paprika Chicken

From EatingWell

Sweet Hungarian paprika gives this creamy braised chicken the best flavor. This is a good "pantry dish" since you should have the basics on hand and only need to purchase the chicken. You may vary the recipe by using cubed veal shoulder instead of chicken and mushrooms instead of peppers. Serve with whole-wheat orzo flavored with minced parsley or dill.

Braised Paprika Chicken

Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

From EatingWell

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, with a little help from the well-seasoned yogurt marinade, remain moist and tender when oven-roasted. Hint: Soaking the prepared vegetables in ice water for 15 minutes before roasting will hydrate them, making them more moist and tender when cooked.

Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

Shaker-Style Smoked Chicken Thighs

From EatingWell

Based on a recipe of the Shakers, a Quaker splinter group that flourished in the Eastern U.S. in the mid-19th century, this marinade derives its flavor from a hefty jolt of cider vinegar and lots of chopped shallots. Apple-wood chips are our first choice for smoking, but maple and hickory impart great flavor as well.

Shaker-Style Smoked Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thighs with Leeks & Shiitakes

From EatingWell

Give chicken thighs a quick saute and finish them with a tarragon-scented sauce. This dish goes well with roasted new potatoes and Lemon Lovers' Asparagus. Look for presliced shiitakes to make preparation of this dish even faster.

Chicken Thighs with Leeks & Shiitakes

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

From EatingWell

Here's a dinnertime warmer with a hint of spring's sweetness, designed for that day when you'd rather be outside raking the leaves from the garden, getting it ready for what's ahead, than slaving over the stove.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

Cassoulet-Style Chicken Thighs

From EatingWell

Classic cassoulet recipes can take days to make and of course contain rashers of duck, smoked meats and the like. This version keeps it simple and not quite so rich with one skillet, healthier ingredients like low-fat kielbasa, and just 45 minutes to prepare.

Cassoulet-Style Chicken Thighs

Rich Chicken Stew

From EatingWell

A blanquette is a classic French stew of veal, chicken or lamb with mushrooms in a velvety sauce. This concept has been adapted to the slow cooker to make a lightened-up version using chicken thighs. Just a little whipping cream (which is less inclined to break down than lighter creams and gives more density to the sauce) adds richness. This is delightful over egg noodles.

Rich Chicken Stew

Chicken with Green Olives & Prunes

From EatingWell

The delicious combination of sweet, tart and savory flavors makes a simple dish the star of a weeknight meal. Serve with whole-wheat couscous, to soak up the tasty sauce.

Chicken with Green Olives & Prunes

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