26 Best Chicken Thigh Recipes

Tender, juicy, flavorful chicken is way easier to make than you might think! This collection of the 26 Best Chicken Thigh Recipes will show you all kinds of ways to make it. From down-home chicken in gravy, to succulent Asian glazed goodness, you’ll find it all here!

white ceramic Pot with cooked chicken cacciatore

All of the Ways to Cook Chicken, in One Place!

Chicken is always a staple on my weekly menu rotation, including chicken thighs. Whether boneless or bone-in, you can count on this affordable cut to stay tender and juicy, with less effort than ultra-lean chicken breast, and more versatility than drumsticks.

That’s why I’m eager to share this collection of easy, bold, and healthy chicken recipes. Each one is made with ingredients you can feel good about (and pronounce), and they’re guaranteed to turn out perfectly, even for less experienced cooks. Oh, and if you’ve ever thought that chicken was boring… well, be prepared for some surprises! These mouthwatering favorites are anything but that.

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What Cooking Method Is Best for Chicken Thighs?

While some cuts of meat need a specific cooking style to shine, chicken thighs can be cooked in almost any way you can think of, and still turn out amazing. Whether you want to grill, bake, simmer, slow cook, pressure cook, or air fry, chicken thighs will work! This super unfussy ingredient is truly a busy cook’s best friend.

26 of the Best Chicken Thigh Recipes

Okay, let’s take a look at the recipes! If you see something that you like, be sure to click the link to check it out in more detail. You’ll find helpful tips and ingredient substitutions, and photo tutorials as well. Let’s do this! 💪

grilled chicken thighs and pineapples served on a white round plate
overhead shot of salt and pepper chicken in a white bowl with two chopsticks resting on top of the bowl.

Salt and Pepper Chicken

Sweet, spice, and flavored with fragrant Chinese five spice, this classic Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe is an easy takeout-style meal you can make at home!

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze - Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 
Cajun Chicken over Cauliflower Rice in a bowl.
chicken korma served alongside some rice and topped with chopped cilantro.

Chicken Korma

Rich and flavorful Chicken Korma is an all-time favorite chicken curry recipe that’s easy to make at home.

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Pot with easy homemade chicken cacciatore in it.

Chicken Cacciatore

This is the quickest and easiest Chicken Cacciatore recipe around! Full of all of the flavor you love, cooked in one pot, and on your table in less than an hour.

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wooden spoon stirring through bourbon chicken while cooking in a stainless steel skillet.

Easy Bourbon Chicken

Everyone will love this sweet and savory chicken, swimming in a thick sauce made with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and bourbon.

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chicken thighs in crock pot with artichokes and sun dried tomatoes
Instant Pot Sticky Chicken Thighs -  Tender, deliciously juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs prepared in the Instant Pot with a sweet and savory sticky sauce. A delicious chicken thighs recipe that's easy to make and tastes amazing!

Instant Pot Sticky Chicken Thighs

Tender, deliciously juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs prepared in the Instant Pot with a sweet and savory sticky sauce. A delicious chicken thighs recipe that’s easy to make and tastes amazing!

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Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!
cooked chicken thighs in an air fryer

Air Fryer Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs

These juicy marinated Air Fryer Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. They’re smothered with a sweet Asian glaze and then topped with crunchy sesame seeds and green onions.

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken Low Carb and Keto
slices of chicken thighs on a bed of lettuce with halved cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, and cotija cheese
overhead shot of Coq au Vin style cooked chicken thighs in a braiser with chopped carrots, pearl onions, and mushrooms.

Quick and Easy Coq Au Vin

Quick Coq Au Vin made with tender chicken in a sauce of wine, mushrooms, and bacon. It’s a rustic classic made easy and quick, but still loaded with authentic French flavor.

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five chicken thighs cooking in a baking dish with rice and bok choy.
One Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs & Asparagus | Dinner Idea
Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs – An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

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close up overhead shot of instant pot chicken pho in a bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Pho

An easy Instant-Pot take on the classic Vietnamese noodle soup, this recipe features fragrant spiced chicken broth, tender rice noodles, and juicy shredded chicken, with an array of garnish options.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken with Cauliflower Rice Recipe - Flavor-loaded, sweet and spicy honey sriracha chicken served with a delicious side of cauliflower rice. 
Maple Mustard Chicken
top view of slow cooker cajun jambalaya
Garlic Sauce Chicken - Pan-seared chicken thighs prepared with an incredible wine and garlic sauce.
Broiled Chicken Thighs ready to serve

Broiled Chicken Thighs

This Broiled Chicken Thighs recipe is glazed with a homemade sauce that has a secret ingredient. These chicken thighs are sweet, savory, and broiled to perfection – it’s one of our favorite easy dinners!

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close up shot of cooked boneless chicken thighs topped with baby spinach, cream sauce, cauliflower, and bacon
chicken thighs served in a white plate with honey mustard sauce
Lemongrass Grilled Chicken - Spicy and SO delicious lemongrass-marinated chicken grilled to a juicy and tender perfection!

Storing and Reheating

While each recipe will have its own specific guidelines, in general, leftover chicken thighs store easily. Just cool them down, place them in airtight containers or food storage bags, and refrigerate for around 3 – 4 days.

Reheating is simple, too. Chicken thighs are much harder to dry out than other cuts of meat, so you can usually reheat them in a covered skillet, or in a 350°F oven until completely warmed through. Keep in mind that bone-in chicken will take longer to heat than boneless.

Do Chicken Thighs Freeze Well?

For the most part, yes! While some creamy sauces and tender veggies can turn watery in the freezer, you can usually take the chicken meat itself and freeze it for 3 months or so. For the best results, cool the chicken thighs down and then take the meat off of the bones. Pack it into airtight containers or freezer bags, mark with the date, and use within 3 months.

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