50 Quick and Easy Chicken Thigh Recipes to Whip Up on Weeknights

chicken thighs lemons capers recipe
Foodie Crush

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or pulling together a weeknight meal for yourself, chicken is always a good idea. But while all eyes are usually on the boneless chicken breast, you’re actually missing out on the most flavorful part of the bird: the thigh. Lucky for you we’ve pulled together 50 quick recipes that prove chicken thighs are where it’s at.

chicken thighs sun dried tomato cream sauce recipe
Damn Delicious


Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Pair with hearty bread to sop up all that sauce.

thai coconut yellow curry rice chicken thighs recipe
Ambitious Kitchen


One-Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken and Rice

Meal prepping just got a lot more interesting.

smoked paprika chicken thigh recipe
Foodie Crush


Crispy Smoked Paprika Chicken

This recipe comes together in just five minutes.

parmesan chicken thighs mushrooms recipe
Le Crème De La Crumb


Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Mushrooms

Make that Parmesan cheese rain.

french onion roasted chicken thigh recipe
Crunchy Creamy Sweet


French Onion Roasted Chicken

A hearty meal for those cold winter nights.

garlic roast chicken thighs caramelized figs onions recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon


Garlic Roasted Chicken Thighs with Caramelized Figs and Onions

Get figgy with it.

maple barbecue chicken thighs recipe
Healthy Seasonal Recipes


Simple Maple Chipotle Barbecue Chicken

Pardon us for licking our fingers.

skillet chicken thigh caprese recipe
Little Broken


20-Minute Easy Skillet Chicken Caprese

That’s amore.

easy lime chicken thigh recipe
Gimme Some Oven


Easy Lime Chicken

Light on the calories, heavy on the flavor.

sheet pan roast chicken thigh recipe
Noshing with the Nolands


Roasted Sheet-Pan Chicken Thighs

See, meal prepping can be fun (and delicious).

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad

Did we mention you can make it in ten minutes?

curry braised chicken thigh recipe
From a Chef’s Kitchen


Curry Braised Chicken Thighs

Tastes even better the next day.

korean paleo chicken thighs recipe
The Endless Meal


Sweet Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice

This flavorful, healthy dish comes together faster than you can order takeout.

sheet pan southwest chicken thighs vegetables recipe
Fashionable Foods


Sheet Pan Southwest Chicken Thighs and Vegetables

When you don’t want to compromise taste for calories.

fajita style chicken thighs recipe
Fashionable Foods


Fajita-Style Chicken Thighs

The perfect excuse to whip up a batch of margaritas.

honey garlic sriracha chicken thighs recipe
Café Delites


Honey Garlic Sriracha Chicken

Sweet and spicy, just how we like it.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Sheet-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Dinner basically just made itself.

paleo pizza chicken thigh recipe
Jay’s Baking Me Crazy


Paleo Pizza Chicken

A good-for-you version of the best comfort food on earth.

chimichurri chicken thigh recipe
Jay’s Baking Company


Chimichurri Chicken Thighs

Herbs, spices and cast-iron. Do you really need anything else?

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Balsamic Cranberry One-Pan Chicken

A dish that tastes as festive as it looks.

turmeric yogurt smoked chicken thighs recipe
Mom Foodie


Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs in Turmeric Greek Yogurt Marinade

Meet your new favorite marinade.

lemon chicken thighs recipe


Lemon Paprika Chicken

Watch as dinner comes together in 30 minutes.

ranch cheddar chicken thighs recipe
Damn Delicious


Ranch Cheddar Chicken

Don’t skimp on the cheese.

spicy honey glazed chicken thighs recipe
The Live Fit Girls


Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs

Serve with your favorite vegetable side.

spinach goat cheese stuffed chicken thighs recipe
Foodie Crush


Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Creamy and flavorful.

chicken thigh escabeche grapes apples recipe
Half Baked Harvest


Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes

A dish busting with fall flavors.

buffalo chicken thighs blue cheese recipe
Kalyn’s Kitchen


Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese

Green Tabasco sauce optional.

ginger chili lime chicken thighs recipe
Nutritionist Meets Chef


Ginger Chili Lime Chicken

Don’t forget the cilantro garnish.

greek chicken thighs lemon rice recipe
Recipe Tin Eats


One-Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice

The rice is the real star in this dish.

cranberry orange chicken thighs recipe
Sweet and Savory Meals


Cranberry Orange Chicken

Absolutely gorgeous.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Parmesan Ranch Chicken Thighs

Cheese as a crust? Genius.

nashville unfried hot chicken thighs recipe
The Defined Dish


Nashville Un-Fried Hot Chicken

All that crispy goodness without the fryer.

thai chicken thigh satay recipe
Café Delites


Easy Thai Satay Chicken

We want to put this creamy peanut sauce on everything.

honey lemon chicken thigh recipe
Pinch of Yum


Easy Honey Lemon Chicken

Quick and healthy? Sign us up.

italian braised chicken thighs recipe
Whole and Heavenly Oven


One-Pot Italian-Braised Chicken Thighs

Never say no to Italian.

bacon balsamic glazed chicken thighs recipe
Sweet C’s Designs


Bacon Balsamic Glazed Chicken Thighs

It’s like a blanket for your chicken.

chicken thigh puttanesca recipe
Chef Savvy


Chicken Puttanesca

You’re going to want a loaf of bread on hand to soak up all the sauce.

chicken thigh artichoke hearts recipe
Skinny Taste


Chicken Thighs with Artichoke Hearts

Broil until golden brown.

chicken thighs lemons capers recipe
Foodie Crush


Sautéed Chicken with Olives, Capers and Lemons

All that briny, lemony goodness on one plate.

indonesian coconut chicken rice recipe
Vika Linka


Indonesian Coconut Chicken and Rice with Green Beans

Mmm, we can smell the spices from here.

healthy easy chicken thigh marsala recipe
Girl and the Kitchen


Dreamy Chicken Marsala

Best served over a big bowl of pasta.

sweet sticky apricot chicken thighs recipe
Half Baked Harvest


Sweet and Sticky Apricot Chicken (with Cauliflower Rice)

This dish takes simple and mouthwatering to a whole new level.

chicken thighs dirty rice recipe
The Chunky Chef


One-Pot Chicken and Dirty Rice

Cook the chicken in the rice for maximum flavor.

spinach swiss cheese chicken thighs recipe
Jo Cooks


Spinach and Swiss Cheese Studded Chicken Thighs

You can even swap the spinach for kale.

grilled hawaiian chicken thighs recipe
Oh Sweet Basil


Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

Transport yourself to the tropics.

sheet pan balsamic chicken thighs broccoli recipe
Alyssa and Carla


One-Sheet-Pan Balsamic Chicken with Sautéed Broccoli

For the nights when you want to keep cleanup to a minimum.

maple mustard glazed chicken thighs recipe
Le Crème de la Crumb


Maple Mustard Glazed Chicken

Perfect for any night of the week.

garlic butter chicken thighs recipe
Half Baked Harvest


Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs with Charred Lemon Salsa Verde and Asparagus

Herb Parmesan garlic butter—need we say more?

honey lime chicken thighs recipe
Julia’s Album


Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

Tender, refreshing and super tasty.

garlic brown sugar chicken thighs recipe
Damn Delicious


Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Now this is what winning at dinner looks like.

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