15 Chicken Thigh Recipes So Simple They Put Weeknight Dinners to Shame

The chicken thigh, America’s redheaded stepchild. Most people rave about chicken breasts, wings, and legs. Me personally, I love wings, but the chicken thigh is not one to be slept on. It’s juicy, holds great flavor, and is inexpensive, especially when compared to pre-packaged drumsticks. You can buy them skin-on and bone-in, or you can go for an easy boneless option.

I have compiled a list of simple, straight-to-the-point chicken thigh recipes that will make the chicken thigh a household favorite

1. Roasted Lemon Chicken Thighs

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The Woks of Life

Let the chicken be engulfed in the juice from the halved lemons  and use the potatoes to absorb all excess.

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2. BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Barbecue For Life

These sweet, smoky chicken thighs taste delicious straight from the oven with a hint of cayenne. These would pair wonderfully with green beans in particular.

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3. Crispy Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs

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Nutmeg Nanny

Combine salt, pepper, coconut oil, and some chicken thighs and you’ve the got simplest satisfaction your taste buds have ever been apart of.

This will quickly become a favorite recipe in your house, trust me. Get the recipe here.

4. Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

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Julia’s Album

Balance the sweet with slight acid from the lime for a well-balanced and mouth-watering dish.

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5. Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

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Munchkin Time

This is an Asian twist on the chicken thigh, with soy sauce and honey abound. Be sure to grab the cast iron.

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6. Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

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Smoking Meat

A play on the appetizer classic, although I would much rather have this version for an easy weeknight dinner.

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7. Sweet and Spicy Skillet Chicken

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Kiwi and Bean

Another skillet, another thigh, another amazingly simple meal for or the whole family.

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8. Man-Pleasing Chicken

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Witty in the City

Don’t let the name throw you off. Just grab some dijon mustard and a roasting pan, and you’re well on your way to making a classic that will become part of your weeknight rotation.

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9. Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan

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Iowa Girl Eats

Don’t let the pesto scare you. It adds a beautiful addition to an already certified classic.

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10. Curry Braised Chicken Thighs

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From A Chefs Kitchen

Over the last year, I have fallen in love with curry. Its distinct flavor and fresh approach is an enlightening experience.

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11. Chicken Thighs With Lemon Garlic

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Food

This is slightly gourmet, but easy to handle and make. The sauce awakens the chicken and should be served over creamy mashed potatoes in my personal opinion.

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12. Spicy Roasted Chicken Thighs

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New York Times

I wasn’t gonna leave my spice lovers hanging. Baked chicken thighs topped with spices, never be afraid of the spice.

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13. Moroccan Chicken Brochettes

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Bon Appetit

These grilled chicken kebabs are to die for. Cube up some boneless chicken thighs and get to work.

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14. Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

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Damn Delicious

The name sounds a little off, but you’re still intrigued, aren’t you? See, you and me both.

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15. Cracklin’ Chicken

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Damn Delicious

This chicken packs an oh-so-mighty crunch better than any chicken chain you could dream of.

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