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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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?


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.


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 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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


African chicken, sweet potato and peanut 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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