New potato, chicken and tarragon casserole

Best chicken thigh recipes

Chicken thighs are cheap, succulent and hard to overcook. Check out our 17 quick and easy recipes, which maximise this affordable cut of meat without compromising on flavour

Chicken thighs are more succulent and flavoursome than chicken breast, as well as being cheaper – and because they stay tender and don’t dry out when reheated, they are perfect for midweek recipes that can be boxed up for an effortless packed lunch.

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All quick and easy to make, our 17 best ever recipes using chicken thighs pack a flavour punch. Have a go at our chicken and tarragon casserole, or why not whip up our African chicken, sweet potato and peanut curry? It’s perfect for freezing too, so double up the recipe to save time later. Looking for a healthy chicken thigh recipe? Our one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo comes in at under 300 calories.


Sumac-roasted chicken traybake

This sumac-roasted chicken traybake is packed with flavour, plus it’s low in calories and gluten free. Serve with zesty yogurt dressing, and you have yourself a quick and easy summer dish.

Sumac Chicken

Tray-baked chicken thighs with romesco

Check out this chicken thigh tray-bake with romesco. This all-in-one bake is a great summer evening meal. The smoky paprika and sweetness of honey give this dish a real edge.

Tray-baked chicken thighs with romesco

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw 

BBQ season might be over but that doesn’t stop you recreating that chargrilled taste in your kitchen with this impressive seared sriracha chicken recipe. If you’re planning on making more sriracha recipes or just can’t get enough of the sriracha flavour, why not try making your own sriracha sauce?

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw

Quick roast chicken and lentils with salsa verde 

This quick roast chicken and lentils with salsa verde is one of our favourite baked chicken thigh recipes. It makes a comforting meal for two in just 1 hour, making it perfect for during the week – and the many health benefits of lentils are worth noting too!

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Buttermilk chicken rolls with simple slaw

Soaking the chicken in buttermilk tenderises the meat and helps the crispy coating stick. This recipe for buttermilk fried chicken burgers with simple slaw uses skinless, boneless chicken thighs and makes a great DIY takeaway to make at home.

Buttermilk chicken rolls with simple slaw

Chicken satay noodles 

This chicken satay recipe is a super easy meal for two that’s ready in under an hour – perfect when you’re tight for time! It’s full of flavour too, and a gorgeous colour thanks to the addition of turmeric.

Chicken satay noodles

New potato, chicken and tarragon casserole 

Looking for healthy chicken thigh recipes? Our chicken thigh casserole with new potatoes and tarragon is a great one-pot to feed the family that cuts down on washing up. It’s ready in an hour and under 500 calories – perfect for midweek! Looking for more low calorie inspiration? Check out our favourite recipes under 500 calories.

New potato, chicken and tarragon casserole

Bang bang chicken salad

Our healthy chicken salad recipe serves 4 in under an hour, and looks impressive too. Looking for easy lunch recipes? Save the leftovers for a tasty lunch at work!

Bang bang chicken salad

Sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad

Want expand your repertoire of quick healthy chicken recipes for dinner? This sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad is really easy, ready in 30 minutes and low in calories to boot. Miso paste is a great staple – it keeps for ages in the fridge, and adds a deep savoury flavour.

Sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad

One-pot Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo 

Searching for family meal ideas? Chicken and chorizo is a classic combination, and this recipe for one-pot Spanish rice with chicken, chorizo and plenty of smoked paprika is a great way to make the most of these flavours. It’s super easy and ready in under an hour, perfect for weeknight meals.

One-pot Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

African chicken, sweet potato and peanut curry

Looking for a chicken thigh curry? This African curry makes for a delicious family meal. It’s freezer-friendly too, so suitable for batch cooking  let the curry cool completely, then transfer to freezer containers or food bags to freeze. The night before eating, defrost in the fridge overnight.

African chicken, sweet potato and peanut curry

Cinnamon chicken bulgar pilaf

One of our favourite healthy chicken thigh recipes, this quick and easy pilaf uses bulgur wheat, a hearty wholegrain filled with health benefits. Combining chicken thighs with spinach, bulgar and cinnamon, it’s a fast and convenient midweek meal for two.

Cinnamon chicken bulgar pilaf

Yakitori chicken skewers with miso 

Struggling to find quick and easy Japanese recipes? Look no further! This Japanese glaze is full of flavour and ideal for grilled meat, poultry or fish. It’s super easy to make too, and the mix of miso, sugar and mirin makes these healthy chicken skewers deliciously sticky.

Yakitori chicken skewers with miso

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

This one-pot chicken recipe with cannellini beans and chorizo is really easy to make and requires minimal hands-on time. What’s more, it comes in at under 300 calories, making it a great midweek meal. Find more low calorie chicken recipes here.

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

Salt-roast chicken with spiced carrot coleslaw

Good roast chicken recipes can be hard to find, but this one is a keeper! The coleslaw has a warm dressing, which helps the carrot soak up the flavours of the cumin and mustard, and goes perfectly with the juicy chicken. Look out for younger, sweeter new season carrots when buying.

Salt-roast chicken with spiced carrot coleslaw

Chinese red-braised chicken 

Put down that takeaway menu…! This Chinese chicken recipe is tastier, healthier and quicker than your favourite carry out, and perfect for a midweek meal. It’s called red-braised because of the colour infused by the spices. Find more Chinese-inspired recipes here.

Chinese red-braised chicken

Chicken katsu curry

If you always order the katsu curry when you eat out in Japanese restaurants, you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to make at home. This katsu curry recipe is a chicken and pea version, which uses skinless, boneless chicken thigh fillets.

chicken katsu curry

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Compiled by Rachel Dinsdale