While chicken breasts may reign king of lean protein, chicken thighs are just as versatile. Don't be intimidated by this cut—we've got 10 easy chicken thigh recipes you'll love.
Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs
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This recipe takes less than 30 minutes and has less than 300 calories per serving (insert praise hands emoji!). Just roast chicken thighs in a skillet with cumin, paprika, and olive oil, then coat in a Parmesan and garlic sauce.
Get the recipe: Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs
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20-Minute Easy Skillet Chicken Caprese
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With only five minutes of prep, this is a quick dinner for nights when you can't muster the strength to cook. Balsamic vinegar, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil give it the caprese-inspired flavor.
Get the recipe: 20-Minute Easy Skillet Chicken Caprese
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One-Pot Chicken Dirty Rice
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This flavorful meal comes together in one pot. The Cajun rice dish is made with garlic, paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and Andouille sausage.
Get the recipe: One-Pot Chicken Dirty Rice
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Thai Coconut Curry Braised Chicken Thighs
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Budget Bytes is known for—what else?—affordable meals. At only $2.06 per serving, this Thai curry is much cheaper than ordering takeout. Grated ginger, coconut milk, and Thai curry paste give the chicken thighs their taste.
Get the recipe: Thai Coconut Curry Braised Chicken Thighs
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One-Pot Greek Chicken with Lemon Rice
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One pot, lots of flavor. This might not be a traditional Greek recipe, but the ingredients (chicken, olive oil, oregano) are a delicious nod to the region and are some of the most versatile Mediterranean diet foods.
Get the recipe: One-Pot Greek Chicken with Lemon Rice
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Grilled Chicken and Avocado Street Tacos
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Chicken thighs don't have to be served whole—the tender meat is great in tacos. These street tacos are marinated in lime juice, garlic, cumin, and ancho chili powder before grilling. Serve in corn taco shells with your desired toppings.
Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken and Avocado Street Tacos
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Crock-Pot Chicken Thighs with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Throw chicken in a slow cooker with sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes for a Mediterranean-style dinner. (Related: 9 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes You Need to Try)
Get the recipe: Crock-Pot Chicken Thighs with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Roasted Lemon Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
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Step one: Caramelize lemon slices to cut through the sour taste. Step 2: Fall in love with this hearty chicken dish.
Get the recipe: Roasted Lemon Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
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Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs
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These crispy chicken thighs use creole spice, paprika, pepper, and bouillon powder to create the perfect crunch—no frying necessary.
Get the recipe: Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs
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