24 Chicken Thighs Recipes That Will Tickle Your Taste Buds  

July 15, 2024
Written by Kristy J. Norton

Chicken thighs are popular because they are tender and juicy and can be pretty budget friendly. However, you might have exhausted your list of chicken thigh recipes if you have cooked these often enough and may be stuck for inspiration. Well, then come on and discover even more ways that you can turn chicken thighs into delicious meals for you and your family! 

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1. Chicken Thighs with Orange Sauce 

If you are looking for something light, sweet, and refreshing then look no further than these orange chicken thighs. Not only are these chicken thighs absolutely delicious but there is very little prep work involved. You will easily be able to make this for a weeknight dinner. 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Thighs with Orange Sauce

2. Red Braised Chicken Thighs 

This is such a luxurious braised chicken thigh dish but also incredibly easy to make. Here, you let the flavors of soy sauce and Shaoxing wine infuse the sauteed chicken. This dish comes together quickly and works best served over hot rice. 

Get the recipe here.

Red Braised Chicken Thighs 

3. Chicken Karaage 

Crunchy, flavorful fried chicken is a lot easier to get right than you can imagine! What makes this chicken thighs recipe work so well is that it is marinated in an aromatic marinade, coated in potato starch, and fried twice! And if you thought that things couldn’t get any better, you can also make a spicy garlic sauce to go along with it! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Karaage

4. Korean Fried Chicken (Dakgangjeong)

A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, these chicken thighs will be unlike any other fried chicken you have tried before. You marinate the chicken, dredge in cornflour, fry it up, and then toss it in a sweet and spicy sauce that will take your chicken thighs to the next level. For an extra crunchy chicken, fry the meat twice! 

Get the recipe here.

Korean Fried Chicken (Dakgangjeong)

5. Thai Fried Chicken Thighs

Ingredients like cilantro and fish sauce add new dimensions of flavor to these Thai fried chicken thighs. The chicken is soaked in a flavorful marinade before being fried and then topped with fried shallots. It is just as delicious eaten on its own as it is served with rice. 

Get the recipe here.

Thai Fried Chicken Thighs

6. Crispy Fried Chicken Thighs 

Are you an American fried chicken traditionalist? If so, then this recipe may be just right for you. A buttermilk marinade and savory flour dredge makes this a tasty treat. However, it is finishing off the thighs in the oven that give them that extra boost of flavor and crunch!  

Get the recipe here.

Crispy Fried Chicken Thighs 

7. Chicken Teriyaki 

When you realize how simple it is to prepare teriyaki chicken thighs, this is going to become a frequent dish on your menu. It is just a matter of marinating the chicken, sauteing it, and then cooking it down in a gorgeous sauce. 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Teriyaki 

8. Chicken Thighs and Broccoli Stir-Fry 

If you are looking for a quick, delicious, and healthy weeknight dinner, then look no further than this recipe. It comes together in about half an hour and is chock full of flavor. If this recipe wasn’t appetizing enough, it can be prepared in just one pan! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Thighs and Broccoli Stir-Fry

9. Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers 

This may sound like a complicated recipe, but nothing could be further from the truth! These chicken thigh skewers are marinated in oh-so-good ingredients like smoked paprika, garlic, cumin, ginger, and lime juice. Then, they are grilled to seal in that charred, smoky flavor! 

Get the recipe here.

Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers

10. Chicken Satay 

The most time consuming part of this chicken thigh satay is letting it marinate in its savory and aromatic marinade. Apart from this, the whole meal will take you less than an hour to prepare. If the savory grilled chicken wasn’t enough of a treat, the chicken thighs are served up with the tastiest, creamiest peanut sauce. 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Satay

11. Butter Chicken

This recipe may sound really daunting but it is actually pretty easy – and quick – to prepare. All you really need are the spices for the marinade and the gravy and you are all set. This butter chicken is sure to put your restaurant experiences to shame. 

Get the recipe here.

Butter Chicken

12. Chicken Tandoori 

This is a great recipe to try out when you are looking for something flavorful but don’t want any heavy sauces. These tandoori chicken thighs will hit the spot every time. And since they are prepared on the grill, they are perfect for those summertime dinners. 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Tandoori

13. One Pot Chicken Curry 

This chicken curry is proof that your weeknight dinners don’t have to be boring. This whole curry comes together in one pot in about an hour. And, unlike other curry recipes, this one is made in the oven so you don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on it while it cooks. 

Get the recipe here.

One Pot Chicken Curry 

14. Cajun Chicken Pasta 

It doesn’t get any better than this Cajun chicken pasta for a quick weekday meal. The whole thing comes together in just half an hour and is prepared in the same pan. The chicken thighs and pasta are flavorful, creamy, and hit the spot every time. 

Get the recipe here.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

15. Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi 

This is yet another chicken thigh recipe that can be cooked using just one pan. All you have to do is brown the chicken first, saute the mushrooms next, and make up a delicious and creamy sauce. The gnocchi is cooked in it all, resulting in a truly decadent meal. 

Get the recipe here.

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi 

16. Coq au Vin 

This may sound super fancy but this chicken thigh recipe is actually pretty simple. You can think of it as a flavorful, silky chicken stew. The bacon and the red wine really elevate this dish and make it an unusual addition to your weeknight schedule. 

Get the recipe here.

Coq au Vin

17. Greek Chicken Pita Wraps 

This greek chicken thigh pita wrap does require a bit of prep work but the end result makes it totally worth it. The chicken is garlicky and lemony but not overpowering. And, you can choose to stuff your pita wraps however you like. However, you should definitely make the oven roasted potatoes that this recipe calls for. 

Get the recipe here.

Greek Chicken Pita Wraps

18. BBQ Chicken Sliders 

The chicken thighs do need to marinate in a brine for half an hour but apart from that, these chicken sliders take about 20 minutes to prepare. The chicken is browned and then cooked in a delicious BBQ sauce and then topped with cheese. It is a delicious and comforting meal! 

Get the recipe here.

BBQ Chicken Sliders

19. Baked Balsamic Chicken Thighs 

These chicken thighs have all of your favorite Mediterranean flavors – garlic, oregano, lemon, thyme, and honey. And, of course, that tangy balsamic glaze. Although this dish sounds fancy, the chicken thighs can be baked in less than 30 minutes, making for a super quick dinner. 

Get the recipe here.

Baked Balsamic Chicken Thighs

20. Chicken Fricassee 

When you think of stew, you probably think of meat cooking on the stove for hours. However, this delicious French-inspired stew takes just half an hour on the stove. This dish is fragrant, aromatic, and even includes veggies like mushrooms for a heartier meal! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Fricassee

21. Mustard Chicken Thighs 

If you are in the mood to try something fancy and a little different, then this mustard chicken thighs dish may be right up your alley. It uses mustard, wine, stock, and thyme to create the most refreshing flavors. This can be an excellent dish to wow dinner guests with! 

Get the recipe here.

Mustard Chicken Thighs

22. Chicken Thigh and Asparagus Salad 

This is a great option for when you want a light and healthy meal but still want something with a bit of a kick to it. This salad gets its flair from the zesty lemon dressing. As an added bonus, this salad comes with asparagus and potatoes that turns it into a full meal.  

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Thigh and Asparagus Salad

23. Chicken Tortilla Soup 

Want something hot and spicy to warm you up? Then this chicken tortilla soup is sure to do the trick. The great thing about this soup is that it comes together in one pan. Oh, and you can load it up with as many toppings as you want, including crispy tortillas! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

24. Chicken Burrito Bowl 

Trying to make a meal with chicken thighs and veggies in one go is no longer tricky thanks to this delicious burrito bowl. The seasoned meat and veggies are baked in a sheet pan at the same time, cutting your work in half. You can then assemble the bowls in any way that you like! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Burrito Bowl 

Could you have imagined that chicken thighs would be so versatile? You can now try something new for every day of the week if you wanted to. So go ahead and test out these recipes for yourself. Good luck! 

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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