BBQ Buffalo chicken Recipe with Salad and Ranch Dressing

Best chicken thigh recipes

Chicken thighs are cheap, succulent and soak up loads of flavour. Check out our quick and easy recipes that maximise this affordable cut of meat in one pots, curries and tray bakes

Check out our top chicken thigh recipes, including baked chicken thighs. This part of meat is 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.


All quick and easy to make, our best 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.

Korean-style chicken stew

A hearty dish with a gochujang kick to heat things up over the winter months.

Korean Chicken Stew Recipe with Gochujang

Cheat’s chicken pilaf traybake

Add a bit of spice to your chicken traybake with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric for an easy midweek dinner.

Easy Chicken and Rice Pilaf Recipe

Ras el hanout and honey BBQ chicken thighs

Marinade chicken thighs in warming ras el hanout and sweet honey for a fragrant twist on classic BBQ chicken.

An oval platter topped with six BBQ chicken thighs with a red and blackened skin

Oven ‘fried’ chicken and purple slaw

Coated in crispy breadcrumbs and served with a fresh and crunchy slaw, this is our healthy version of a KFC takeaway.

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe with Slaw

Sticky marmalade and harissa chicken

Our yummy sticky chicken recipe is a healthy option for a mid-week meal that isn’t short on flavour. There will be plenty of sauce, so serve with rice or grains to soak it up, and perhaps a bitter leaf salad.

Kebab king chicken shawarma

Take the classic Middle Eastern kebab to the next level with spiced, juicy chicken thighs wrapped up with masses of garlic sauce, chilli, salad, pickles and even chips. Discover more of our best kebab recipes here.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Kung pao caramel chicken

Using caramel in savoury cooking adds a smoky, sweet depth to marinades and braises, and brings an extra dimension to this Chinese chicken classic. Discover our best Chinese recipes here.

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe with Caramel

Chicken, jalapeño and black bean stew

Lift your chicken stew with pickled chilli peppers and top with soured cream and grated cheese for a hearty midweek meal.

Chicken Thigh Stew Recipe with Jalapeño and Black Beans

Sri Lankan cashew chicken curry

Make your own Sri Lankan curry powder and combine with coconut milk and toasted cashews to spice up chicken thighs in this impressive curry. Scoop up with warm roti for a comforting midweek meal.

Sri Lankan Cashew Nut Chicken Curry Recipe

Japanese chicken, broccoli and mushroom curry

Add white miso and soy sauce to your curry sauce for an umami-rich midweek meal packed with chicken and veggies.

Japanese Chicken Curry Recipe with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Sweet and sour caramel chicken

We use pomegranate molasses to make a sticky caramel coating for these marinated chicken thighs, ideal for a pretty dinner party dish.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Baked lemon chicken

Try our moreish tray bake packed with crisp chicken thighs, creamy lemon sauce and fragrant rosemary.

Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

Marmite chicken

Check out Luiz Hara’s crunchy marmite chicken with a quick cucumber pickle. This simple but moreish dish is packed with flavour and an easy weekend recipe to serve friends.

Marmite Chicken Recipe

Groundnut chicken stew

Check out our creamy chicken stew with peanut butter. Groundnut stew is a typically West African dish. Serve this slow-cooked chicken, with its mellow peanut butter and fiery ensemble of spices, alongside extra sliced red chilli for oomph.

African Peanut Stew with Chicken

Chicken satay noodle salad

Check out our easy chicken satay noodle salad recipe with red cabbage, shredded carrots and roasted peanuts. This vibrant crunchy salad is low in calories and ready in an hour.

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad Recipe

Chicken adobo

Check out our low calorie pan-fried chicken thigh recipe served with steamed rice and greens. This is a traditional Filipino dish made with soy sauce and vinegar. The strong flavours mellow a little with cooking, leaving a deeply savoury sauce behind.

Chicken Adobo Recipe

Kung pao chicken

Check out this punchy Chinese kung pao recipe with chicken. The traditional Szechuan version is made with dried chillies, but we’ve used fresh instead.

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Chicken tray bake with lemon, olives and orzo

Looking for a recipe for baked chicken thighs? Our chicken tray bake with lemon, olives and orzo is a great midweek meal for all the family. It’s super simple, and low in calories. Plus, using chicken thighs means it is cheap to make. Try our easy savoury tray bake ideas here.

Chicken Tray Bake Recipe With Lemon, Olives and Orzo

Quick roast chicken and lentils with salsa verde 

Our favourite healthy chicken thigh recipe. 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 an hour, making it perfect for during the week – and the many health benefits of lentils are worth noting too!


Soy sauce braised chicken thighs with kohlrabi salad

Check out these sticky succulent baked chicken thighs with punchy kohlrabi salad. This easy recipe is both sweet and salty, and makes for a flavoursome midweek meal.

Soy Sauce Braised Chicken with Kohlrabi

Indian garlic and black pepper chicken curry

Looking for a chicken thigh curry? Our fragrant southern Indian curry is unusual in that it gets all its heat from black pepper rather than chilli. For maximum flavour from the spices, marinate the chicken thighs for as long as you can, then it’s a speedy curry to make. Find our favourite chicken curry recipes here.

Indian Chicken Curry Recipe With Garlic and Black Pepper

BBQ buffalo chicken thighs with wedged ranch salad

Check out this epic bbq chicken thigh recipe with punchy buffalo sauce, fresh and crunchy iceberg lettuce and creamy ranch dressing. This easy recipe is perfect for a summertime bbq with friends and ready in under an hour. More inspiring BBQ recipes to try here…

BBQ Buffalo chicken Recipe with Salad and Ranch Dressing

olive fried chicken sandwich

Check out this epic buttermilk fried chicken recipe. Our own olive fried chicken sandwich using chicken thighs takes a fast-food favourite up a notch with the addition of a spicy, salty, sweet glaze.

Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Paprika chicken goulash

Check out this juicy chicken goulash recipe with peppery paprika. Serve this simple one-pot with tagliatelle or rice for an easy midweek family meal. Plus it’s low in calories, too.

Chicken and Paprika Goulash Recipe served in a wide black pan on a pastel white table with a filled small white bowl

Paprika chicken thighs with cherry tomatoes, courgette ribbons and mint

Check out these seriously crispy, smoky chicken thighs with easy courgette ribbons and juicy cherry tomatoes. This super easy meal is high in protein, low in calories and ready in less than an hour.

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Courgette Ribbons

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 thighs, 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

Simple chicken pho

Check out our super simple cheat’s chicken pho. This wholesome recipe is packed with rich warming flavour, and it’s easy to make. Plus, it’s low in calories too.

Chicken Pho Recipe

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

BBQ chicken thighs

Try this winning BBQ chicken recipe from Grillstock founders Jon Finch and Ben Merrington and learn how to make an authentic South Carolina BBQ sauce and their secret BBQ rub. 

BBQ Chicken Thighs

Tray-baked chicken thighs with romesco

Check out our 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

Pan-fried chicken thighs with lemon, caper and marsala caramelised butter sauce 

Easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes, these pan-fried chicken thighs with lemon, caper and marsala caramelised butter sauce is great for a cheap midweek meal that feels like a treat.

Chicken Marsala Recipe with Lemon, Caper and Caramelised Butter Sauce

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

Sumac-roasted chicken traybake

Another of our favourite baked chicken thigh recipes. Our 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

Chicken filo pies

These quick and easy chicken filo pies are super crunchy and creamy. Ready in just 40 minutes, these lighter pies are a great midweek meal for 4. Here’s another chicken pie recipe to try.

Summer Chicken Filo Pies

Easy chicken mole

Our recipe for cheat’s chicken mole uses a clever product to mean it’s ready in less than an hour and is under 300 calories – perfect for a midweek treat.

Easy Chicken Mole Recipe

Chicken satay noodles 

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

Chicken satay noodles

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 thighs with sweet and sour salad

Want expand your repertoire of quick healthy chicken thigh 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

Buttermilk chicken rolls with simple slaw

Soaking the chicken thighs 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

West African-style curry with chicken and sweet potato

Inspired by the peanut-based curries of West African cooking, this recipe is a simplified version, using peanut butter as a quick shortcut. It also freezes really well if you fancy making a double batch.

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 Recipe With Cannellini Beans and Chorizo

Salt-roast chicken thighs with spiced carrot coleslaw

Good roast chicken thigh 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 

The Chinese use chicken thighs to make the most flavoursome dishes. 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