Thighs, The Darker Side of Chicken

Use tasty, economical chicken thighs in classic recipes that are perfect for weeknight dinners and for company.

  • Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs

    The tasty Asian-inspired glaze gives these chicken thighs a mahogany sheen. Rich thigh meat is higher in fat than lean white meat, so the thighs stay moist even when they're roasted without skin.
  • Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs

    These Carolina-style barbecue chicken thighs are smothered with a tangy-sweet sauce that will please the whole family.
  • Chicken Thighs Piccata-Style
    Oxmoor House

    Chicken Thighs Piccata-Style

    Traditional chicken piccata usually features boneless chicken breasts, but in this version, chicken thighs are lightly breaded and cooked in a mixture of lemon juice, broth, and capers.
  • Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Thighs
    Oxmoor House

    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Thighs

    Chicken thighs cooked in a smoky, acidic tomato sauce combine seamlessly with a sweet, nutty couscous to create a hearty North African—inspired meal.
  • Chicken Cacciatore Pronto
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Chicken Cacciatore "Pronto"

    Classic Chicken Cacciatore is usually made with pieces from a whole chicken but this shortcut version features only the thighs. Canned tomatoes and porcini mushrooms add rich flavor in just a few minutes.
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila Glaze
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila Glaze

    The intense smoky-sweet flavor of these grilled chicken thighs comes from a glaze of agave syrup, lime juice, tequila and hot sauce.
  • Chicken with Dates, Olives, and Cinnamon
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Chicken with Dates, Olives, and Cinnamon

    This Moroccan-inspired chicken dish features chicken thighs simmered in a mixture of onion, olives, dates, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Apricot-Ginger Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Kate Sears, Food Styling: Paul Grimes

    Apricot-Ginger Chicken Thighs

    The combination of ingredients such as chili powder, ground ginger, barbecue sauce, apricot preserves and lime juice creates a perfect sweet-and-savory flavor for these baked chicken thighs.
  • Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

    One of the most popular Cooking Light chicken recipes, these sweet and spicy grilled chicken thighs are flavored with chili powder, cumin, garlic and cider vinegar.
  • Roasted Chicken Thighs Provençal
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Roasted Chicken Thighs Provençal

    Aromatic rosemary and thyme transport your tastebuds straight to the hills of Provence, France in this succulent, one-pan chicken recipe. To shorten cooking time, cook chicken and vegetables at the same time in separate pans. Remove vegetables after 30 minutes and keep warm. Cook the chicken five minutes longer and serve.
  • Seoul-ful Chicken with Minted Cucumbers
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell

    Seoul-ful Chicken with Minted Cucumbers

    Fresh, minted cucumbers paired with spicy Serrano chiles showcase Korean flavors in this sweet and spicy chicken dish. Marinating chicken thighs overnight intensifies flavor and lets you do some of the preparation ahead of time.
  • Quick Coq au Vin
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Quick Coq au Vin

    The French traditionally whip up this rustic classic using a rooster as the main ingredient. However, we've found that a combination of juicy chicken thighs, cremini mushrooms, carrots and bacon, cooked in a rich red wine sauce provides unbeatable flavor in half the time. Have fresh bread on hand to soak up the delicious sauce.
  • Chicken Tagine with Pine-nut Couscous
    Dan Goldberg

    Chicken Tagine with Pine-nut Couscous

    Bold, aromatic spices including cinnamon, tumeric, and coriander bring life to this Moroccan-inspired chicken dish. Whip up a simple side of couscous in just 5 minutes for a rich, filling meal.
  • Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs

    Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs

    Crispy, crunchy chicken drizzled with a spicy honey mustard sauce is soon to become a favorite chicken dish. Baking the chicken provides a satisfying crunch without the added fat from frying.
  • Osso Buco-Style Chicken Thighs
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Osso Buco-Style Chicken Thighs

    Savor the flavors of Italy in this easy chicken dish packed with onions, carrots, white wine, and tomatoes. Serve over creamy polenta and top with gremolata for a zesty finishing touch.
  • Chicken Paprikash-Topped Potatoes
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Chicken Paprikash-Topped Potatoes

    A favorite dish in Hungary for decades, this easy chicken dish is packed with flavor from brilliant red, peppery paprika. Finishing the dish with sour cream makes a thick, flavorful sauce that melds perfectly with the piping hot potatoes.
  • Spiced Chicken Thighs
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Spiced Chicken Thighs

    This spicy chicken dish is popular with online reviewers as a satisfying last-minute meal on busy weeknights. Serve over quick-cooking brown rice and with a steamed green veggie.
  • Honey-Pomegranate Roasted Chicken Thighs
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr

    Honey-Pomegranate Chicken Thighs

    Online reviewers offer this easy cleanup tip: line your broiler pan with foil to keep the sugary sauce from sticking to the pan.
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