Here is a collection of tasty Chicken Thigh Recipes full of exotic flavors from all over the globe. We love chicken thighs for their deep flavor and succulent texture. Their dark meat stays tender, juicy, and delicious, no matter the cooking technique. In addition to being affordable, chicken thighs are full of healthy nutrients and take well to marinades, sauces and diverse flavors! Whether you enjoy boneless skinless chicken thigh recipes, or bone in chicken thighs, you’ll find both here. We will also show you how to cook them in a variety of ways, from baked chicken thighs to grilled, braised, and instant pot recipes, there is something the whole family will enjoy!

Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes

Full of savory flavor, these recipes for Baked Chicken Thighs are quick and easy to put together before the oven takes over. A delicious dinner in no time flat!

35 Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes: Mediterranean Chicken with chickpeas, veggies, olives and herbs baked until tender and succulent.

Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken with chickpeas, veggies, olives and herbs baked until tender and succulent. A delicious sheet pan dinner that is easy to make and quick to clean up!

35 Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes: Szechuan chicken thighs.

Baked Szechuan Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Sheet-Pan Szechuan Chicken (or Tofu) with Brussel Sprouts takes only 15-20 minutes of hands on time before baking in the oven. A full-flavored weeknight dinner your whole family will love!

35 Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes: lemon baked chicken thighs.

Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs

A simple delicious recipe for Roasted Chicken and Crispy Potatoes with lemon, garlic and thyme.

35 Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes: Baked zaatar chicken.

Baked Zaatar Chicken Thighs

Zaatar Chicken (or Tofu) with Green Tahini Sauce and Broccolini – a simple flavorful Middle Eastern sheet-pan dinner that is vegan adaptable and gluten free.
Cuban Mojo Chicken

Cuban Mojo Chicken

A delicious recipe for Cuban-inspired Mojo Chicken. Thighs and legs roasted in the oven with a citrusy mojo marinade alongside yams and peppers. An easy sheet pan dinner!

35 Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes: How to create flavorful Mexican-style Salsa Macha Bowl, with chicken thighs,  roasted sweet potato, bell peppers, and optional black beans and rice.

Baked Salsa Macha chicken thighs

How to create a flavorful Mexican-style Salsa Macha Bowl with chicken thighs, roasted sweet potato, bell peppers, and optional black beans and rice.

Easy & delicious, Coq Au Vin is a French chicken stew braised in a red wine sauce with cremini mushrooms, onions, carrots, and herbs.

Coq Au Vin

Easy & delicious, Coq Au Vin is a French chicken stew braised in a rich red wine sauce with cremini mushrooms, onions, carrots, and herbs.

35 Baked Chicken Thigh Recipes: Baked Tandoori Chicken and veggies in a flavoful Indian-spiced yogurt marinade.

Baked Tandoori Chicken and Veggies

Baked Tandoori Chicken and veggies in a flavoful Indian-spiced yogurt marinade.  Serve over basmati rice, with Cucumber Raita and Indian Naan Bread.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

These Boneless Chicken Thigh recipes are the ultimate comfort food! Wholesome and nourishing for body and soul.

Boneless skinless Chicken thigh recipes!

Tunisian Chicken Tagine w/ Couscous & Green Harissa Sauce

A delicious Tunisian-inspired Tagine (with your choice of  Chicken or chickpeas)  Carrots, Couscous and flavorful Green Harissa Sauce. A one-pan meal that can be made in 45 minutes! Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable! 

35 Boneless skinless Chicken thigh recipes!

Fesenjan {Persian Walnut Pomegranate Stew}

A delicious recipe for Fesenjan, a Persian Walnut Pomegranate Stew with chicken and chickpeas. Earthy, rich and tangy, this is bursting with Middle Eastern Flavor!

Boneless skinless Chicken thigh recipes!

Peruvian Chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) with Aji Verde

A simple recipe for Peruvian Chicken with spicy Peruvian Green Sauce is bursting with flavor and can be made with either chicken or portobellos (a tasty vegetarian option) or both for mixed households. Served with Spicy Cilantro Sauce, Avocado Cucumber & Tomato Salad and optional rice, these can be made into individual Bowls, or served separately.

Boneless skinless Chicken thigh recipes! A richly spiced Moroccan-inspired soup, full of flavor, nutrients and soul-warming color.  Saffron, dried apricots and preserved lemon give this brothy Chicken Lentil Soup its depth. Easy to throw together, perfect for weeknight dinners.

Moroccan Chicken Lentil Soup with Saffron and Preserved Lemon

A richly spiced Moroccan-inspired soup, full of flavor, nutrients and soul-warming color.  Saffron, dried apricots and preserved lemon give this brothy Chicken Lentil Soup its depth. Easy to throw together, perfect for weeknight dinners.

Boneless skinless Chicken thigh recipes!

Japanese Farm-Style Teriyaki Chicken

A simple, authentic grilled Japanese farm style teriyaki Bowl that can be made with chicken or Portobellos. Serve with rice, cucumber salad, and avocado for a delicious Teriyaki bowl. Feel free to sub portobellos mushrooms for the chicken and make this totally vegan. ( See notes)

Boneless skinless Chicken thigh recipes! Feel Better Chicken Soup with lemon and ginger. A delicious and EASY low-carb, keto soup that you can make in an Instant Pot, Stove top or in a slow cooker. Simple and healthy! Add rice, quinoa, noodles or beans!

Feel Better Chicken Soup

Feel Better Chicken Soup with lemon and ginger. A delicious and EASY low-carb, keto soup that you can make in an Instant Pot, Stove top or in a slow cooker. Simple and healthy! Add rice, quinoa, noodles or beans!

Bone In Chicken Thighs

These bone-in Chicken thigh recipes are succulent and delicious. Cooking chicken thighs with their bone in, doubles the flavor and makes them even more tender.

Bone in Chicken thigh recipes

Berbere Chicken with Ethiopian Lentils

Berbere Chicken and Lentils – a flavorful delicious Ethiopian recipe that features Berbere Spice. See notes for a vegan tofu option!

Bone in Chicken thigh recipes; chicken Cacciatore!

Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe for Chicken Cacciatore is very simple to make with huge flavor rewards!  Chicken is cooked until tender in a rich tomato sauce with red wine, mushrooms, olives, capers and rosemary.  So savory and wholesome. The best part?  This Chicken Cacciatore recipe comes together in about an hour, with only 30-minutes of hands-on time- a delicious, Italian Comfort food meal, that is easy enough for weeknights.

Bone in Chicken thigh recipes: Sumac chicken!

Sumac Chicken with Lemon

Roasted Sumac Chicken with Meyer Lemons- a flavorful chicken recipe with roots in Middle Eastern Cuisine, deliciously tangy and earthy.

Bone in Chicken thigh recipes: Lebanese chicken

Lebanese Chicken with 7-Spice

Lebanese Chicken with 7-spice, caramelized onions, almonds, and roasted lemon. A simple flavorful Lebanese-inspired dinner, with only 15 minutes of hands-on time. See notes for grilling!

Bone in Chicken thigh recipes: Harissa chicken

Harissa Chicken

This Harissa Chicken is baked with Sweet Potatoes takes about 10-15 minutes of hands on time before going into the oven to bake. Mildly spicy and smoky, the quick harissa marinade is easy and simple- just stir it up in a bowl. Sub tofu or white fish instead of chicken for vegans!
35 Best chicken thigh recipes: Thai Chicken

Thai Chicken Thighs

Easy Pan-Seared Thai Chicken-with flavorful red curry paste. Flavorful, fast and delicious! Paleo and Low Carb!

Bone in Chicken thigh recipes: Rosemary Chicken.

Rosemary Chicken with Grapes

A delicious recipe for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Grapes.  Chicken thighs are pan-seared in a skillet,  then baked in the oven with grapes and shallots. A fast and simple weeknight dinner.

35 Amazing chicken thigh recipes: Five Spice Chicken with homemade roasted plum sauce

Five-Spice Chicken with Roasted Plum Sauce

Flavorful Pan-seared, Five-Spice Chicken with Roasted Plum Sauce- infused with ginger and garlic. A delicious Chinese-inspired dinner highlighting juicy red plums.

Succulant Braised Chicken Thighs

Braised Chicken Thighs cook up so tender and delicious. Deeply immersed in flavor these recipes deliver fall-off-the-bone deliciousness!

Our favoriteBraised Chicken Thigh Recipes: Chicken Biryani!

Chicken Biryani with Coconut Cilantro Chutney

An authentic and delicious recipe for Indian Chicken Biryani and a flavorful Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. Perfect for a Sunday dinner.

Our favoriteBraised Chicken Thigh Recipes: Chicken Provençal is all about ease and elegance!  Melty tender chicken seasoned with aromatic Herbs de Provence braised in white wine with olives, garlic and shallots.  So simple and so delicious.  Easy enough for a weeknight and elegant enough for company.

Chicken Provençal

Chicken Provençal is all about ease and elegance!  Melty tender chicken seasoned with aromatic Herbs de Provence braised in white wine with olives, garlic and shallots.  So simple and so delicious.  Easy enough for a weeknight and elegant enough for company.

Our favoriteBraised Chicken Thigh Recipes: Indian Butter Chicken served over your choice of roasted cauliflower or brown basmati rice- a flavorful Indian Curry dish that is vegan-adaptable!

Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)

Indian Butter Chicken served over your choice of roasted cauliflower or brown basmati rice- a flavorful Indian Curry dish that is vegan-adaptable!

Our favorite Braised Chicken Thigh Recipes: Braised chicken with figs.

Braised Chicken with Fresh Figs

This simple rustic Braised Chicken with Fresh Figs, Shallots and Thyme requires only 25 mins of hands on time before baking in the oven. Perfect for entertaining.

Our favorite Braised Chicken Thigh Recipes: One Skillet Creamy Orzo Chicken with Artichoke Hearts- a deliciously cozy dinner, made with simple pantry ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights.

One Skillet Creamy Orzo Chicken

One Skillet Creamy Orzo Chicken with Artichoke Hearts- a deliciously cozy dinner, made with simple pantry ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights.

Our favorite Braised Chicken Thigh Recipes:  Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichoke hearts, leeks, potatoes and tarragon- a delicious, French-inspired one-pan recipe perfect for spring!

Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichokes

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichoke hearts, leeks, potatoes and tarragon- a delicious, French-inspired one-pan recipe perfect for spring!

Our favorite Braised Chicken Thigh Recipes: A flavorful recipe for Chicken Mole is made with Black Mole Sauce (Mole Negro)- smoky, spicy and nutty with dried chilies, and a hint of chocolate. A flavorful Oaxacan-inspired meal.

Chicken Mole

A flavorful recipe for Chicken Mole is made with Black Mole Sauce (Mole Negro)- smoky, spicy and nutty with dried chilies, and a hint of chocolate. A flavorful Oaxacan-inspired meal.

Get These Chicken Thighs in your Instant Pot!

Chicken Thighs in your instant pot are a perfect one-pot easy weeknight dinner, quickly delivering the most tender chicken.

Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes to make in your Instant Pot: Chicken Carnitas!

Chicken Carnitas (Instant Pot, Stove Top, Oven)

Healthy Chicken Carnitas- cook these in an Instant Pot, on the stove top, or bake in a Dutch Oven with only 15 minutes of hands on time! Great for meal prepping -make ahead on Sunday then turn these into tacos, quesadillas, breakfast skillets, burrito bowls or nachos during the workweek!

Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes to make in your Instant Pot: Arroz con Pollo.

Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo

Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo – made in a fraction of the time! This Spanish version is infused with saffron and smoked paprika and full of amazing flavor! See notes for stovetop version. Please read recipe notes about the “Burn Error” before starting. Updated recipe 3/11/20

Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes to make in your Instant Pot: Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup - a fast and flavorful recipe that can be made using dry or canned beans, and using fresh or frozen thighs, or breast meat. Very adaptable! Very easy. Read the Notes!!!

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup – a fast and flavorful recipe that can be made using dry or canned beans, and using fresh or frozen thighs, or breast meat. Very adaptable! Very easy. Read the Notes!!!

Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes to make in your Instant Pot: A simple easy recipe for Chicken Pozole that can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stove top. A healthy, delicious, Mexican-inspired weeknight dinner that can be made in 30 minutes! Gluten-free!

Instant Pot Chicken Pozole

A simple easy recipe for Chicken Pozole that can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. A healthy, delicious, Mexican-inspired weeknight dinner that can be made in 30 minutes! Gluten-free!

Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes to make in your Instant Pot: Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Pineapple-Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken can be made in under 30 minutes! Cube it for rice bowls, or shred it for Asian tacos. An easy, healthy and versatile recipe! #teriyakichicken #instantpot #instantpotchicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken can be made in under 30 minutes! Cube it for rice bowls, or shred it for Asian tacos. An easy, healthy and versatile recipe! Stove top version in recipe card.

Grilled Chicken thighs!

Our favorite grilled recipes for Chicken Thighs offer richly spiced and deep-roasted flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

Grilled Chicken thigh Recipes! An authentic recipe for Grilled Lemongrass Chicken- bursting with Vietnamese flavor! Simple, Easy and delicious!

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

An authentic recipe for Grilled Lemongrass Chicken- bursting with Vietnamese flavor! Simple, Easy and delicious!

Our BEST Grilled Chicken thigh Recipes! A simple delicious recipe for chicken shawarma that can be grilled or baked - full of Middle Eastern flavor. Serve with homemade pita bread and tzatziki or over Israeli Salad.

Easy Grilled Chicken Shawarma Recipe

A simple delicious recipe for chicken shawarma that can be grilled or baked – full of Middle Eastern flavor. Serve with homemade pita bread and tzatziki or over Israeli Salad.

Our BEST Grilled Chicken thigh Recipes! Moroccan Chicken thighs prepared on the grill!

Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic and lemon – a simple healthy recipe, using skinless chicken thighs, bursting with North African flavor! Delicious, fast and easy! Grill it or pan-sear it!

Our BEST Grilled Chicken thigh Recipes! A flavorful Grilled Indonesian Style, Sambal Chicken that is easy and delicious!  Serve with Asian Slaw or Thai Crunch Salad!

Indonesian Grilled Sambal Chicken

A flavorful Grilled Indonesian Style, Sambal Chicken that is easy and delicious!  Serve with Asian Slaw or Thai Crunch Salad!

Our BEST Grilled Chicken thigh Recipes! Italian Grilled Chicken thighs with Salsa Verde!

Italian Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken with Italian Salsa Verde (an Italian herby caper sauce) – a simple easy weeknight meal perfect for supper on the patio!

Our BEST Grilled Chicken thigh Recipes! A very simple recipe for Smoked Chicken Thighs- great in pasta, salads, pizza, tacos or enchiladas. Can be made ahead and frozen.

Smoked Chicken Thighs

A very simple recipe for Smoked Chicken Thighs- great in pasta, salads, pizza, tacos or enchiladas. Can be made ahead and frozen.

Chicken Thigh faqs

Do chicken thighs get more tender the longer you cook them?

Yes! Chicken thighs are a darker meat with more connective tissue that turns into gelatin as the thighs cook resulting in juicy and tender meat.

What cooking method is best for chicken thighs?

For boneless chicken thighs, direct heat works best. For bone-in chicken thighs, light searing and then the indirect heat of baking, results in tender juicy meat. Grilling, roasting and slow cooking are great choices to bring out the rich flavor of thigh meat.

How do you know when chicken thighs are done cooking?

They are fully cooked at 165 degrees but they will be more tender if cooked until 175-195 degrees.

Are chicken thighs good for you?

Thighs are filled with essential nutrients, higher than white meat (such as breasts).

What are the best chicken thighs to buy?

Always try to purchase the best quality chicken you can afford. I opt for pasture-raised, organic chicken thighs.

How long do chicken thighs keep in the fridge?

Try to cook chicken thighs within 2-3 days of buying. Always check the “best buy” date on the package before purchasing, and if your plans change, you can always freeze them for later. Once cooked, chicken thighs will keep up to 4 days in the fridge.

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