These 21 Chicken Thigh Recipes Will Make You Forget Any Other Part of the Bird Exists
Not only are chicken thighs juicier, more flavorful, and cheaper than chicken breasts, they're more flexible, too—just right for roasting, braising, frying, and more. Follow these brilliant recipes, and the reign of the breast will be over! Long live the thigh!
Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
Seven ingredients, one rimmed baking sheet, and you've got a classic dinner that you can't not love.
Lemon-Garlic Spanish Chicken Thighs and Rice Pilaf
Are the chicken thighs an excuse to eat more green olives, or is it the other way around? Make this and then let us know, okay?
Spanish Chicken Thighs & Chorizo with Rosemary & Lemon
Normally, you think of chicken as a "white meat," but come on, just look at this thing! Eat your heart out, steak.
Paprika Chicken Thighs with Spinach and Egg Noodles
Sometimes we like to pretend we're a Hungarian grandma, just for an extra reason to make this. Other times we make this and don't care about the reason.
Grilled Sweet-and-Sticky Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Harissa
Sweet, spicy, charred, crunchy, this chicken is all over the flavor map (note: that's a good place to be).
Spanish Stew Chicken Thighs
Every once in a while chicken thighs get lonely, so they call in their friends—chorizo, in this case—for a little spicy, meaty assistance.
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon & Vermouth
There is no shame in raiding your bar cart or liquor cabinet for a little inspiration. Just remember to save yourself something to drink with dinner.
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs
This recipe only calls for two-thirds of a can of pilsner, so it's up to you what to do with the rest.
Spicy Maple Chicken Thighs with Smoky Corn & Scallions
Summer on a plate (with plenty of butter and Parmesan that's not immediately obvious).
Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Pecans and Sage Butter Pasta
We like to hype how easy and fast chicken thighs are, but they got a fancy side, too.
Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Roasted-Tomato Panzanella
Pssst! The cubes of bread are cooked in chicken fat and olive oil.
Tamarind-Glazed Chicken Thighs
These are some seriously saucy thighs, with tamarind, Worcestershire, adobo, and cider vinegar.
Roast Chicken Thighs & Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
It's sort of like Thanksgiving dinner on a single sheet pan, except it's chicken thighs, so you can make it once a week instead of once a year. Got it?
Maple-Walnut Chicken Thighs and Cheddar-Apple Rice
We tried to work in every New England flavor we could think of. Did we miss any?
Buffalo Thigh Sliders
We were going to make a "thighs and buns" joke here, but you've probably heard it already.
Chicken Thighs with Smoky Roasted Peppers
We've been known to put this on the stove solely because we want to perfume the house.
Fried Chicken Thighs & Cheesy Grits with Green Onions
Which phrase is more tempting, "fried chicken thighs" or "cheesy grits"? Hm...
Teriyaki Chicken & Pineapple Rice
What is it about sticky-sweet chicken that is so damn addictive?
Big-Batch Roasted Chicken Thighs & Tomatoes
Considering having seven or eight more children, just so we can make this regularly.
Chile-Lime Chicken Thighs with Herbed Rice
Fresh, light, spicy—we're there!
Chicken Thighs with Apples, Onions & White Cheddar Polenta
And bacon! Did we mention the bacon?