29 Sexy Chicken Thigh Recipes

We probably don’t have to sell you on the virtues of chicken thighs. They’re quick and easy to cook. They’re less expensive than breasts. They taste good. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy them.

Chicken Shawarma

Permeated with an enticing and sorta (but not intimidatingly) exotic blend of spices, these chicken thighs and tender roasted onions and couldn't be easier.
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Roast Lemon Chicken Thighs

In this simple one-pot supper, chicken thighs are bathed in a sauce that's informed, though not overwhelmed, by lemon. Warning: You're gonna wanna spoon that sauce onto everything.
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Beer Braised Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are coaxed to incredible taste and tenderness in this stew that sneaks in root vegetables bathed in beer. Simple to make. Complex in taste. Unforgettable all around.
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Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs

"Simple." "Perfect." "The moistest chicken with the crispest skin we've ever had." That's what folks are saying about this crowd-pleasing, weeknight-friendly trick.
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Middle Eastern Chicken Thighs

Fast. Flavorful. And flaunting just enough Middle Eastern flair to intrigue but not frighten anyone. Even kids. Swear.
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Chicken Thighs with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Come for the chicken. Stay for the sauce. It's kid friendly. Pantry friendly. Gloriously tangy. And wonderfully quick and easy to toss together, even on the most hectic of weeknights.
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Roast Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Shatteringly crisp skin. Tender, juicy meat. And pan juices you're gonna wanna sop up or soak up rather than let a drop go to waste.
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Breaded Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

These crumb-coated thighs come together with no fuss and can easily be adapted to whatever ingredients you happen to have on hand.
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Chicken Karaage ~ Japanese Fried Chicken

You haven't lived until you've had chicken karaage, which is Japanese-style chicken that's marinated in soy and fried twice until crisp and oh so nice.
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Chicken Paprikash

A beloved American favorite from the 1960's that we just had to bring back.
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Cashew Chicken

One of the most beloved—and most commonly ordered—Chinese dishes in America, this quick stir-fry makes simple seem superlative.
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Chicken Biriyani

Experience for yourself why folks are calling this recipe for India's most iconic comfort food "heavenly" and "unbelievably tender and juicy" and "astounding."
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Chicken Tagine

You're going to swoon to the sharp, briny, citrusy flavors of this authentic Moroccan tagine. No special pot required.
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Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

Vietnamese caramel chicken is an easy weeknight dinner that tastes authentic as heck even if you don't use a clay pot when you make it. Sorta like dessert for dinner.
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Baharat Roast Chicken

Not only does the exotic Middle Eastern spice blend known as baharat lend an enticing flourish to your everyday cooking, it just may make for the most exceptionally easy chicken you've ever made.
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Fried Chicken and Biscuits

Classic fried chicken is reimagined with a shatteringly crisp, delicate crust that usurps the usual thick breading. Flaky, buttery biscuits are requisite. Honey and pickles strongly encouraged.
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Green Chicken Chili

A little spicy, a little tangy, and a little less than an hour from start to table.
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Orange Ginger Chicken

This is sooooo not the gloppy orange chicken that’s an Americanized riff on Chinese food that comes in a white box. Sooooo not.
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Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce

Real-deal teriyaki sauce that’s not from a bottle, relies on just four ingredients, can easily be committed to memory, and takes just minutes to make. You’re welcome.
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Chicken Burrito Bowl

Easy. Healthy. And kids are proclaiming these to be better than taco night. Need we say more?!
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Grilled Chicken Tacos with Mango

Yep. Grilled chicken tacos with mango. Perhaps you were expecting a humdrum weeknight dinner? Prepare to be astounded.
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Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo

Comforting. Satiating. Easy. Authentic. One-pot. And adaptable for the slow cooker, pressure cooker, or stovetop. You're welcome.
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Slow Cooker Indian-Style Chicken

A slow cooker riff on chicken tikka masala that slowly cooks chicken thighs in a tomato sauce layered with spices. Oh so gratifying. Oh so simple.
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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it's damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.
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Chicken Yakitori with Honey Sauce

Japanese grilling at its sweetest--and simplest, with just a quick turn over the coals and a happy little sauce of soy, sake, honey, and ginger for dipping and drizzling.
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Chicken and Preserved Lemon Salad

Traditional Moroccan tagine reimagined by turning it into a slightly less hearty yet no less compelling salad.
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Chicken Stir Fry with Sichuan Peppercorns

Wok this way to a stir-fry of chicken, ginger, and chile peppers enveloped in an aromatic, velvety, mildly spiced Sichuan-style sauce.
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Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

All the rich, creamy, comforting goodness of the Indian classic with a couple tweaks to make it more accessible to American grocery stores. Plus the convenience of being made in the slow cooker.
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Waffle Fried Chicken with Spicy Bourbon Maple Syrup

Fried chicken as you've never, ever experienced. Waffle-battered thighs are fried until crisp and doused with a spiked syrup that boasts a sweet heat.
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