Winner Winner, Chicken Thigh Dinner: 21 Best Recipes

 

Chicken breasts are everyone's go-to, but we're here to make a case for chicken thighs. Their juicy, tender meat is more forgiving of overcooking and is versatile enough to work in everything from hearty ragus to takeout favorites like sesame chicken.

 

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

It takes only 10 minutes to make a homemade sweet-and-sticky teriyaki sauce and about 20 minutes to broil marinated chicken thighs until crisp. That's definitely faster than waiting for takeout.

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Twice-Fried Chicken with Sriracha Honey

Any mix of pieces can be fried up and coated in spicy Sriracha honey, but a whole batch of dark meat guarantees tender, juicy fried chicken.

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Roasted Chicken Pot Pie

One of Tiffani Thiessen's go-to party tricks is making individual pot pies, full of chicken, vegetables and stick-to-your-ribs gravy.

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Linguine with Chicken Ragu

If you have a beef with traditional meat sauce, swap in shredded chicken thighs for a hearty ragu.

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Grilled Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs

Brighten up grilled meat with a trio of citrus: orange, lime and lemon.

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Have a fiesta at home with smoky chicken fajitas, charred bell peppers and onions.

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Fried Chicken and Waffle BLT with Jalapeno-Honey Mayo

Up your picnic game with these brunch-inspired fried chicken sandwiches. BLTs and chicken and waffles are having a party, and you're invited.

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Chicken Thighs with Kale

When you want something healthy but can't stand another boring kale salad, top stewed, chile-spiked greens with succulent roasted chicken thighs.

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Sesame Ginger Chicken

Once you taste Kelsey Nixon's slightly spicy ginger version of sesame chicken, you may stop calling your local Chinese restaurant.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

It doesn't have to be football season to enjoy Buffalo chicken dip — bubbling, cheesy goodness is always a touchdown.

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Oyster Sauce Chicken with Bok Choy

Having an easy stir-fry dish in your back pocket comes in handy when you're rushing to make a weeknight dinner. Ching-He Huang's oyster sauce chicken takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

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Chicken Masala

For your first foray into Indian cooking, this dish of stewed chicken, tomatoes and potatoes is a cinch — and comes together in a pinch.

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Lemon-Scented Crispy Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Baby Carrots

Crank up the heat on your Dutch oven to get chicken skin shatteringly crisp before baking the thighs atop a stuffing made with toasted baguette, potato, carrot and lemon.

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Pasta with Chicken, Risotto Style

Pasta cooked risotto style — tender and creamy from having chicken stock slowly ladled into it — is so delectable on its own that it barely needs any adornments. Mushrooms, garlic, onion and chicken thighs complete the dish.

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Enchiladas Colorado

Colorado sauce — packed with dried ancho and New Mexico chiles and warm spices — drenches homemade tortillas and tender shredded chicken in a restaurant-quality Mexican meal.

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Drunken Chicken Noodles

These 30-minute drunken noodles are so easy that they can even be made at midnight after a crazy night out. 

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Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs

If the aforementioned rice wine-spiked chicken isn't alcoholic enough for you, braise thighs in a mix of hot sauce and lager instead.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Whether you're nursing a cold or just feeling homesick for Mom's chicken noodle soup, Kelsey Nixon's tried-and-true recipe is there for you.

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Coq Au Vin

Let Alton Brown guide you through making the French classic coq au vin, a wine-stewed chicken-and-mushroom dish that sounds a lot more labor intensive than it is.

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Chicken and Olive Empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce

You can stuff virtually anything into these mini hand pies, but salty, briny olives and tender chicken are hard to beat.

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Six ingredients pack a mean punch. Just combine grainy mustard, Dijon mustard, garlic, marjoram and maple syrup for a sweet and tangy take on chicken.

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