24 easy chicken thigh recipes

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  • Chicken thigh recipes are versatile and delicious, you can bake them, marinade them, dice them into curries, stir-fry them and so much more.

    These mouth-watering chicken thigh recipes show there are many delicious ways to make the most of this versatile and inexpensive cut.

    We’ve got lots of chicken thighs recipes for you to choose from. Ranging from chicken thigh bakes, chicken curry and a chicken and chorizo filo pie. You’re about to discover some whole new ways to cook up a chicken dinner.

    Chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts and have more flavour too. Chicken is one of our favourite ingredients and we love finding new and interesting ways to cook with it.

    There are so many different ways you can cook chicken thighs – you can bake them in a tray bake with lots of other ingredients, fry or BBQ them with a tasty marinade or chop them up to make the most of the juicy meat in a curry.

    Due to their tougher flesh, chicken thighs are more suitable for slow cooking and casseroles than chicken breasts and their skin is a great way to absorb more flavour.

    So if you’ve got a pack of chicken thighs in the fridge and don’t know what to do with them, we’re here to help!

    Browse through to see all of our best chicken thigh recipes…

    Healthy chicken thigh recipes

    1. French chicken casserole

    French chicken casserole

    This French chicken casserole is so rich and creamy that it feels like it should be really naughty, but at just under 500 calories per portion this chicken thigh recipe is actually a lot healthier that you might think. Using skin-free, lean thighs means there’s little fat on the meat and we’ve used creme fraiche instead of cream for the sauce too, to cut down on calories. Served up with fluffy mash and plenty of greens this delicious dish is the prefect family dinner.

    Get the recipe: French chicken casserole

     

    2. Butter chicken Murg Makhani

    Butter chicken or Murg Makhani, is made with chicken thighs marinated in garlic, ginger and garam masala with a spicy, nutty sauce. Served up with steamed rice or buttery breads this is the ideal alternative to your favourite takeaway!

    Get the recipe: Butter chicken Murg Makhani

     

    3. Spanish chicken with beans

    Spanish chicken with beans

    This delicious one-pot Spanish chicken with beans cooks the chicken thighs in a rich tomato and spicy chorizo based sauce adding a lot of flavour to the meat. This recipe takes under 1hr to make and is perfect for feeding a lot of hungry people in one go.

    Get the recipe: Spanish chicken with beans

     

    4. Lemon chicken tray bake

    One of the most quick and easy ways to cook chicken thighs is to roast them. Marinade your chicken thighs and combine with lemons, potatoes and sprinkle with breadcrumbs to finish – a midweek roast with minimal washing up!

    Get the recipe: Lemon chicken tray bake

     

    5. Citrus-roasted chicken


    For a tangy (and cheaper!) alternative to a big Sunday roast chicken, combine chicken thighs with clementines and a touch of marmalade to make this punchy citrus-roasted chicken.

    Get the recipe: Citrus-roasted chicken

     

    6. Teriyaki chicken thighs

    Sometimes all chicken thighs need is a little bit of flavour. Give them an Oriental twist with our easy teriyaki chicken thighs recipe.

    Get the recipe: Teriyaki chicken thighs

     

    7. Honey roast chicken thighs with quinoa

    Quinoa is a filling grain and a healthy alternative to rice or pasta. When combined with juicy peppers in this recipe, it makes a great base for your chicken thighs. All you need do so is roast them with a little lemon and honey. Healthy and delicious!

    Get the recipe: Honey roast chicken thighs with quinoa

     

    8. Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas

    Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas

    A warming casserole full of rich flavours, this mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas is a delicious way to cook your chicken thighs. The cumin, paprika and coriander bring a lovely Middle-Eastern twist to the dish.

    Get the recipe: Mellow-spiced chicken and chickpeas

     

    9. Southern-fried chicken

    Southern-fried chicken

    Use chicken thighs or drumsticks (or both!) to make this Southern-fried chicken recipe. Coat your chicken thighs with a spiced seasoning to give the skin a crispy, crunchy finish.

    Get the recipe: Southern-fried chicken

     

    10. Chilli chicken

    Chilli chicken

    Give your chicken thighs a real fiery kick by following this chilli chicken recipe. Marinate your chicken in a sticky honey, chilli and balsamic vinegar sauce and either BBQ or oven-bake.

    Get the recipe: Chilli chicken

     

    11. Lemon chicken with tabbouleh

    Get a taste of the Middle-East by making this lemon chicken with tabbouleh. Push a slice of lemon under the skin of the chicken thighs to get a real burst of tangy flavour.

    Get the recipe: Lemon chicken with tabbouleh

     

    12. Chicken and coconut masala

    Use chicken thighs in this chicken and coconut masala. Make the curry sauce from scratch for an authentic taste.

    Get the recipe: Chicken and coconut masala

     

    13. Farmhouse chicken braise

    Farmhouse chicken braise

    Why not cook your chicken thighs in a creamy leek sauce? This tasty farmhouse chicken braise does exactly that! Baked in the oven for 40 mins, your chicken thighs have never been so tasty and tender. Serve on a bed of roasted veggies.

    Get the recipe: Farmhouse chicken braise

     

    14. Chicken casserole with herby Cheddar dumplings

    Chicken casserole with herby Cheddar dumplings

    Need some comfort food? Make a hearty stew using chicken thighs, like this chicken casserole with herby Cheddar dumplings.

    Get the recipe: Chicken casserole with herby Cheddar dumplings

     

    15. Chilli chicken and pepper roast

    Spice up your night with this chilli chicken and pepper roast. This recipe is the perfect choice if you fancy something different for Sunday lunch. Plus it’s all cooked in one pot too, which means less washing up and more time chilling out with the family. Keep the skin on your chicken thighs in this recipe for added flavour.

    Get the recipe: Chilli chicken and pepper roast

     

    16. Gordon Ramsay’s butter chicken

    Gordon Ramsay's butter chicken

    Ramsay’s butter chicken at home with our easy recipe. Coat your chicken thighs in a fiery rub and coat with the rich, herby sauce.

    Get the recipe: Gordon Ramsay’s butter chicken

     

    17. Sweet chicken with smoked paprika

    Got a slow cooker? Combine your chicken thighs with a simple paprika, pepper and tomato sauce and slow-cook for bags of flavour. Prepare Phil Vickery’s sweet chicken with smoked paprika in just 15 mins, then sit back and relax.

    Get the recipe: Sweet chicken with smoked paprika

     

    18. Tomato baked chicken

    Got pasta sauce in? Use it as a simple sauce in this tomato baked chicken recipe. Throw in some potatoes, mushrooms and basil for extra flavour.

    Get the recipe: Tomato baked chicken recipe

     

    19. Slimming World chicken tray bake

    20 chicken thigh recipes

    This family-sized Slimming Word chicken tray bake is so easy to make in one tray and is healthier too, with a few Slimming World-approved tricks.

    Get the recipe: Slimming World’s chicken tray bake

     

    20. Baked chicken with potatoes and red onions

    20 chicken thigh recipes

    Chop up your chicken thighs, brown them in a pan then combine with potatoes, red onions, stock and white wine and bake. Once you’ve bunged our baked chicken with potatoes and red onions in the oven, you can get on with other jobs (or relaxing!) while its cooking.

    Get the recipe: Baked chicken with potatoes and red onions

     

    21. Ras El Hanout honey chicken thighs

    These Morrocan-style Ras El Hanout honey chicken thighs are sweet, smokey and perfect for cooking on the barbecue. This recipe also comes with a whole-wheat herby couscous side to complete the dish.

    Get the recipe: Ras El Hanout honey chicken thighs

     

    22. Chicken and bacon risotto

    Chicken and bacon risotto

    Chicken and bacon risotto is a quick and easy meal for the whole family. This recipe takes just 40 minutes and is the perfect mid-week option for everyone to enjoy together.

    Get the recipe: Chicken and bacon risotto

     

    23. Chinese-style chicken with vegetables and noodles

    Chinese-style chicken with vegetables and noodles

     

    Combined with classic Chinese flavours like garlic, soy sauce and spring onions, this quick meal is a real crowd pleaser. The kids will love all the different colours and you’ll love knowing they’re getting a healthy dinner, packed with vitamins and minerals.

    Get the recipe: Chinese-style chicken with vegetables and noodles

     

    24. Slow cooker Asian chicken thighs

    Slow cooker Asian chicken thighs

    Each chicken thigh is infused with the delicious Asian flavours of garlic, ginger, chilli and sesame and this dish tastes great served with sticky rice and a sprinkling of spring onions.

    Get the recipe: Slow cooker Asian chicken thighs