8 Easy Ways To Make Budget-Friendly Chicken Thighs
Get out of your same old chicken thigh recipe rut by making one of these easy dishes.
Whether you prefer them bone-in or boneless, skin-on or skinless, chicken thighs are versatile, easy to cook, and less expensive than chicken breasts — and they don't dry out when you cook them the way chicken breasts can. Nicole McLaughlin, aka NicoleMcmom, shows you eight ways to make budget-friendly chicken thighs that are anything but boring.
1. Slow cooker
While this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga originally calls for chicken breasts, Nicole likes to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. Serve it up on crispy tostada shells and top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
Grilled chicken thighs are so easy to make but can flare up over the flames as the skin cooks. To prevent this, Nicole prefers to remove the skin from bone-in chicken thighs before marinating and grilling. Try this recipe for Rusty Chicken Thighs.
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3. Sheet pan
This whole recipe for Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies with Mustard Vinaigrette can be prepped in minutes and has minimal cleanup afterward. Nicole uses Brussels sprouts, onions, and sweet potatoes for her recipe, but you can use whatever vegetable combination you like.
4. Instant Pot
Instant Pot Indian Chicken Curry is another instance where you can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast to prevent the meat from drying out as it cooks — something that can easily happen in the Instant Pot.
Nicole removes the skin from bone-in chicken thighs to make this recipe for Baked Teriyaki Chicken with an easy homemade teriyaki sauce. After the chicken is cooked, she removes the chicken from the baking dish and tosses in some lightly cooked vegetables to coat with the sauce for an easy side dish.
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It takes just a few inexpensive boneless, skinless chicken thighs and some fresh vegetables to make a hearty meal to feed a family. Try this recipe for Chicken Stir-Fry using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, and substituting your choice of vegetables.
7. One-pot meal
Need an economic meal for a big family? Try this easy comfort food recipe for One-Pot Crispy Chicken and Rice.
Boneless chicken thighs make the perfect serving size for a sandwich, and one of our favorites is this recipe for Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.
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More tips, tricks, and ideas from Nicole: