28 Bone-In Chicken Thigh Recipes

glazed chicken thighs over rice in blue bowl
Photo: Chef Mo

Sure, boneless, skinless chicken thighs are convenient… but there's so much more flavor to be had with bone-in chicken thighs. You see, the bones contain one of the most flavorful parts of the bird: the bone marrow. When cooked, this marrow seeps into the meat, resulting in a more robust chicken flavor. Plus, bone-in chicken thighs tend to be cheaper than their boneless counterparts. In sum, you really can't go wrong with bone-in chicken thighs, whether you choose to roast them, pan-fry them, or even air fry them. Here are 28 bone-in chicken thigh recipes to get you started.

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
France C

Chicken cacciatore is traditionally slow cooked, but the Instant Pot yields the same results in a fraction of the time, as you'll see in this video. Recipe creator Diana71 says, "Serve over spaghetti noodles, rice, cauliflower rice, or eat as a stew!"

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Soy Sauce Chicken

chicken thighs with soy sauce glaze and green onions over white rice
KGora

A tangy soy sauce glaze brings big flavor to tender chicken thighs. Recipe creator Too Hot Tamale suggests serving it with rice and steamed snow peas to make it a meal.

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Keto Smothered Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs with green onions in cast iron skillet
France C

Whether or not you're following the low-carb keto diet, you'll love these skillet chicken thighs smothered in creamy sauce. "While the name says Keto, you would never have guessed how amazing this recipe was in the end," says reviewer Nynex.

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Baked Lemon-Butter Chicken Thighs

a top-down view of golden brown chicken thighs in a buttery sauce, garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley
France C

Looking for a weeknight dinner that's both quick and delicious? Look no further than these tangy, buttery braised chicken thighs. Reviewer Karen describes it as, "Juicy succulent chicken. I wouldn't change anything. Easy and quick for weeknights."

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Crispy Panko Chicken Thighs

crispy breaded chicken thighs with lettuce
Marianne

Get the breaded crunch of fried chicken without all the deep frying. This is a simple recipe that you can customize to your tastes with your favorite seasonings.

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Skillet Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes

Skillet Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
Jaime Nolan

Forget side dishes — this all-in-one skillet meal does the meal planning for you. Chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots, and onions are simply seasoned and braised.

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Moroccan Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs in cast iron skillet with green olives, seasoning, and lemon wedges
Scott Heddle

"This is sooooo simple to make. Took me less than an hour to put together," says reviewer Stephanie Roberts. "It's a really good weeknight quick dinner option. And not too expensive either... It's PACKED with so much flavor."

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Classic Chicken Vesuvio

a crispy-skinned chicken thigh in an oval baking dish on sliced new potatoes, mushrooms, and peas
thedailygourmet

In this classic Italian dish, bone-in chicken thighs are sauteed with potatoes, garlic, peas, lemon, and a creamy white wine sauce. To cut down on time and dishes, use an oven-safe skillet like cast iron.

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Ranch-Baked Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, and Potatoes

Ranch-Baked Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, and Potatoes
fabeverydayblog

"Savory, zesty ranch-seasoned chicken thighs cook together with potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and bacon in this one-pan dinner," says recipe creator fabeveryday. "The vegetables cook with the bacon on top of them, infusing them with bacon-y deliciousness."

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Easy Spinach and Arugula Chicken

chicken thighs over wild rice with peppers
France C

In this five-ingredient recipe, chicken thighs are stuffed with spinach, arugula, and garlic, and baked until the skin is crisp. "I've found that there's no need to preheat the oven; a little longer cooking time produces a juicy thigh with crispy skin," suggests recipe creator Christina.

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Za'atar Chicken Thighs

seasoned chicken thighs in cast iron skillet
Diana Moutsopoulos

Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture that includes toasted sesame seeds, dried sumac, and other spices. You can make your own za'atar at home using this four-ingredient recipe. It adds so much flavor to these otherwise simple skillet chicken thighs.

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Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken

top-down view of chicken curry in a white bowl with Basmati rice, garnished with cilantro
Shauna James Ahren

"This luscious, deeply flavored dish, originally created by a Pakistani food cart vendor in Delhi, is a cinch to make in an Instant Pot®," says recipe creator Shauna James Ahern. "After an overnight marinade in yogurt and traditional spices, you can use an Instant Pot® to cook every step, from toasting spices to cooking aromatics, to adding the tomatoes and chile."

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Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Thighs

glazed chicken thighs over lettuce on white platter
Soup Loving Nicole

Chinese five-spice powder is the key ingredient in this flavorful, glazed chicken thighs. Learn how to make your own Chinese five-spice powder using this recipe.

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Keto Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

chicken thighs with lemon wedges and parsley
France C

These simple, low-carb chicken thighs are seasoned with the help of some lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and garlic, and air-fried until crisp.

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs with bbq sauce
soup loving nicole

The Instant Pot makes fall-off-the-bone barbeque chicken in under an hour. "This was fantastic, considering how easy it was, and how few ingredients were needed," says reviewer J Alan Hall. "The chicken was very tender and juicy."

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Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Chicken Thighs

mushroom and garlic sauce over chicken thighs on white plate
Kim

A creamy mushroom and garlic sauce akin to marsala (but with dry white wine instead) makes these chicken thighs worthy of serving to company, but still easy enough for busy weeknights. Serve over wild rice.

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Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables

chicken thigh meat in soup with snap peas
Linda T

"This is a creamy Chinese rice porridge also known as congee. It cooks perfectly in a slow cooker too," says recipe creator MTCHYG. Although it might be your first instinct to use chicken breasts in any sort of soup, chicken thighs bring even more fla

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Moroccan Chicken Thigh Sheet Pan Dinner

a square white plate with chicken and roasted vegetables in the foreground, with a sheet pan of chicken in the background
France C

"This Moroccan-inspired sheet pan dinner is packed with bold sweet and savory flavors and palate-pleasing textures," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar France C. "This is perfect for quick weeknight dinners or laid-back dinner parties. Ras el hanout is a North African seasoning available in specialty grocery stores."

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Instant Pot Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Chickpeas

stewed chicken thighs with bread
Diana71

"In this dish, the Instant Pot® is used to create a dish reminiscent of a slowly braised stew in a traditional clay tagine," says recipe creator Diana71. Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and apricots bring sweet flavor to this savory dish.

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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken and Vegetables

chicken, vegetables, and rice on white plate
Kim's Cooking Now

So many Mediterranean flavors are packed into this easy slow cooker recipe. Serve it with pita bread or couscous.

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Mustard Chicken Thighs

mustard chicken thighs over spring greens
Buckwheat Queen

What's the secret to these spicy mustard chicken thighs? Louisiana-style hot sauce. And don't be frightened by the amount of Dijon mustard called for, it makes for a thick marinade that creates a crust when baked, according to reviewer JasonP.

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Slow Cooker Filipino Chicken Adobo

glazed chicken thighs over rice in blue bowl
Chef Mo

Chicken adobo is a popular Filipino dish in which meat is marinated in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns, and more. And it couldn't be any easier in the slow cooker.

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Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken Dinner

Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken Dinner
Allrecipes Magazine

"Spice up chicken dinners with a touch of harissa," says recipe creator Juliana Hale. "The North African red pepper sauce adds depth and kick to this one-pan meal perfect for weeknights." Bone-in chicken thighs, multi-colored carrots, cauliflower florets, and baby potatoes are seasoned and roasted all on one sheet pan.

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Oh-So-Good Chicken Vegetable Soup

chicken vegetable soup in a white bowl
France C

In case you didn't think chicken soup could get any better, this recipe uses bone-in chicken thighs for even more flavor.

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Baked Cuban Chicken

baked chicken thighs with green beans on white platter
Soup Loving Nicole

A marinade consisting of onion, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, allspice, onion powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, gives these chicken thighs fiery and robust flavor.

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Zhug Chicken

chicken thighs with green sauce over couscous with beans
Buckwheat Queen

"Chicken is marinated in zhug, a spicy green sauce, then baked in the oven with olives, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes for a flavorful dinner or Sunday lunch," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen. "Serve with couscous or rice." Zhug sauce hails from Yemen, and is made up of an aromatic mixture of parsley, cilantro, chile peppers, cumin, garlic, and coriander.

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Spicy Honey-Peanut Baked Chicken Thighs

glazed chicken thigh over rice with green onions
Yoly

The nutty sweet-heat combo of hot honey and powdered peanut butter makes a delectable marinade for chicken.

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Sous Vide Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs with green beans and lemon wedges
France C

"Using the sous vide method to make chicken not only makes it extremely juicy, it'll be the most tender chicken you've ever had! Keeping the skin on ensures you won't overcook the chicken when you sear it in the pan," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar France C.

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