23 Best Chicken Thigh Recipes

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 hearty one pots, fragrant curries and showstopping tray bakes

Check out our easy 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.

Best chicken thigh recipes

Harissa chicken and white bean bake

This vibrant recipe sees chicken thighs slathered with harissa and cooked in a rich tomato sauce with beans and olives – a healthy, high-protein family meal.

Harissa Chicken Recipe

‘Roast’ chicken dinner

Add a twist to your Sunday roast with our whole chicken recipes, marinated in flavours such as spiced yogurt, slathered in garlic butter or dry-brined for perfect results every time.

'Roast' chicken dinner

Chicken chasseur 

Succulent chicken thighs in a hearty casserole makes a brilliant dish to add to your dinner repertoire. Serve with buttery cheese and garlic mash for next-level indulgence.

A chicken chasseur with cheese and roasted garlic mash

Chicken risotto

Cook up a simple supper the whole family will tuck into with relish. This easy risotto recipe comes flavoured with chicken thighs, smoked bacon lardons and plenty of parmesan

Easy chicken thigh 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 For Chicken Traybake

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

Syrian chicken with bulgur wheat (burghul bl ja)

Flavour chicken thighs with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cumin, and serve on top of raisin-studded bulgur wheat for a fragrant, colourful dinner. This recipe comes from Imad’s Syrian kitchen in London.

A chicken thigh dish topped with pomegranates

Chicken tinga

This smoky, spicy Mexican one-pot freezes well if you have any leftover – serve in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or simply in bowls with rice and a dollop of yogurt as a comforting Friday night dinner.

Quick roast chicken thighs 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!

Quick roast chicken and lentils with salsa verde

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 over here.

Indian Chicken Curry Recipe With Garlic and Black Pepper

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

Baked lemon chicken thighs

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

Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

Oven ‘fried’ chicken thighs with 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

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

Sri Lankan cashew chicken thigh 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

Sweet and sour caramel chicken thighs

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

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.

Chicken Tray Bake Recipes and Other Tray Bakes

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

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

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 Goulash Recipe With Paprika

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

Chicken casserole with new potatoes and tarragon

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.

Chicken and tarragon casserole

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

Sriracha chicken thighs 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 thigh 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.

Chicken Traybake Recipe with Sumac

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.

Easy Chicken Filo Pies Recipe

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

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

Cinnamon chicken thighs 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

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