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!
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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-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

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?

Lemon-Garlic Spanish Chicken Thighs and Rice Pilaf

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.

Spanish Chicken Thighs & Chorizo with Rosemary & Lemon

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.

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Spinach and Egg Noodles

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).

Grilled Sweet-and-Sticky Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Harissa

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.

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken

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.

roasted chicken thighs with lemon vermouth

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.

Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs

Spicy Maple Chicken Thighs with Smoky Corn & Scallions

Summer on a plate (with plenty of butter and Parmesan that's not immediately obvious).

Spicy Maple Chicken Thighs with Smoky Corn & Scallions

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.

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Pecans and Sage Butter Pasta

Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Roasted-Tomato Panzanella

Pssst! The cubes of bread are cooked in chicken fat and olive oil.

pan-seared chicken thighs with roasted-tomato panzanella

Tamarind-Glazed Chicken Thighs

These are some seriously saucy thighs, with tamarind, Worcestershire, adobo, and cider vinegar.

tamarind glazed chicken thighs

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?

Roast Chicken Thighs & Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

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?

Maple-Walnut Chicken Thighs and Cheddar-Apple Rice

Buffalo Thigh Sliders

We were going to make a "thighs and buns" joke here, but you've probably heard it already.

buffalo thigh sliders

Chicken Thighs with Smoky Roasted Peppers

We've been known to put this on the stove solely because we want to perfume the house.

chicken thighs with smoky roasted peppers

Fried Chicken Thighs & Cheesy Grits with Green Onions

Which phrase is more tempting, "fried chicken thighs" or "cheesy grits"? Hm...

Fried Chicken Thighs & Cheesy Grits with Green Onions

Teriyaki Chicken & Pineapple Rice

What is it about sticky-sweet chicken that is so damn addictive?

lemonade teriyaki chicken thighs with pineapple rice

Big-Batch Roasted Chicken Thighs & Tomatoes

Considering having seven or eight more children, just so we can make this regularly.

roasted chicken thighs with tomatoes

Chile-Lime Chicken Thighs with Herbed Rice

Fresh, light, spicy—we're there!

Chile-Lime Chicken Thighs with Herbed Rice

Chicken Thighs with Apples, Onions & White Cheddar Polenta

And bacon! Did we mention the bacon?

chicken thighs with apples onions and white cheddar polenta