Our 51 Best Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are inexpensive, versatile, and really hard to overcook. If you've picked up a package of boneless chicken thighs at the supermarket, here are 51 different ways to prepare them for easy weeknight dinners. Here, you'll find recipes for the slow cooker, air fryer, oven, grill, stovetop, and more, because chicken thighs take well to virtually any cooking method (yet another reason to love them).
Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Chef John's Chicken Tikka Masala
Spicy Chicken Thai Soup
Rusty Chicken Thighs
A sweet and savory combination of garlic, Asian chile pepper, maple syrup, soy sauce, mayonnaise, and rice vinegar make up the marinade for this juicy grilled chicken thigh recipe.
Grilled Chicken Adobo
Chicken adobo is a popular Filipino chicken dish that's surprisingly simple to make. Boneless chicken thighs are braised in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, bay leaves, and pepper and then grilled until crisp and golden brown.
See for yourself if this top-rated recipe lives up to its name. "Chicken stock, wine, onions, garlic, mushroom, cream, butter, herbs, lemon, and capers reduce to make a perfect sauce," says recipe creator Faith. "Served alongside mushroom rice and asparagus; it is HEAVEN!"
Spicy Orange Chicken
This leveled-up take out favorite is made without oil, making it much lighter (but still tasty). Serve with fluffy white rice.
Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)
Joe's General Tso's Chicken
Sweet and spicy General Tso's chicken is a very popular take-out choice, but you can easily replicate it at home with boneless chicken thighs. If you're in need of a wok for this dish, check out our test kitchen's picks for the best woks to buy.
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
The air fryer gives the chicken a crispy skin without all the added oil. The best part? It all comes together in just 30 minutes.
Copycat Chipotle Chicken
This versatile meat main can be used for tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, fajitas, or really any way you want to use it. Ancho chile pepper brings a mild, sweet-heat flavor to boneless chicken thighs.
Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs
Baked Italian Chicken Thighs
Chef John's Chicken Tinga
Burmese Chicken Curry
Chicken and Veggie Miso Soup (Instant Pot Version)
Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Taquitos
Chicken thighs are combined with cream cheese, jalapenos, and green enchilada sauce, and cooked in the slow cooker until fork-tender to make the filling for these taquitos. And unlike many taquitos, which are fried, these are oven-baked.
Hatch Chile Enchilada Pie
Mildly sweet and spicy Hatch chiles are the key to this enchilada pie. A chile chicken mixture is layered with corn tortillas and Mexican cheese blend and baked until the sauce is bubbling. It's comfort on a plate.
Larb - Laotian Chicken Mince
Best Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Skillet Apple Cider Chicken
Red Curry Chicken and Pumpkin Soup
"When people think of comfort food, they usually don't think of it as exciting and interesting, but this incredibly tasty soup is the rare exception," says Chef John. "It will warm your heart and soothe your soul, but stimulate you at the same time with its lovely contrast of flavors and textures."
Popcorn Chicken (Taiwanese)
Amazing Buttermilk Air Fried Chicken
Fried chicken just got a little lighter thanks to the air fryer, but don't worry, this recipe is made with real buttermilk to help tenderize the meat and provide its signature tang.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs
Chef John's Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
Creamy Keto Chicken-Poblano Soup
This low-carb, keto-friendly soup has a creamy, cheese base with poblano peppers, onions, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, and of course, boneless chicken thighs. Dinner is ready in under an hour thanks to the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Fresh Figs and Chicken Thighs in Shallot-Balsamic Reduction
Fig season is short-lived, be sure to make the most of it while you can with recipes that put it front and center. Here, chicken thighs and fresh figs are simmered in a shallot-balsamic reduction.
Puerto Rican Arroz con Pollo
This island-inspired dish can be either a side dish or a main dish thanks to the addition of chicken thighs, salted pork, ham, capers, olives, and tomatoes.
Spicy Korean Chicken
Air Fryer Chicken Thigh Schnitzel
"I find chicken thighs to be more flavorful than chicken breasts, and this schnitzel is a perfect example," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Yoly. "Not only is it delicious, it is also cooked in the air fryer, making it lower in calories, oil free, and grease free."
Keto Chicken Fritters
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani
Chicken and Dumplings with Bisquick
Is there anything Bisquick can't do? The answer is no. Use it to make delicious dumplings in this simple chicken and dumplings recipe.
Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken Thigh Kebabs
"The flavors of summer come alive in these colorful grilled kebabs, complete with a kick of heat from the Sriracha and sweetness from honey," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar France C. "If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to using to prevent burning. Serve over rice and garnish with lime zest if desired."
One-Pot Keto Jambalaya with Cauliflower Rice
This keto-take on Jambalaya is light on carbs but not on flavor. Cauliflower rice, andouille, sausage, shrimp, and chicken thighs are key in this favorite Creole dish.
Easy Chicken Yakitori
Instant Pot Chicken Tagine with Butternut Squash and Spinach
This Moroccan-inspired dish is made in the Instant Pot with butternut squash, chicken thighs, spinach, and a myriad of aromatic spices. Reviewer Amber Hanes-Miller says, "I was hesitant when I read the ingredients, I like them all but was unsure about their combined outcome. It was AMAZING!"
Baja Grilled Chicken Tacos
Chicken thighs are an excellent choice for grilling because they retain their moisture much better than chicken breasts: "Thighs are a good substitute for chicken breasts, especially with marinating and grilling. They do not dry out as quickly and are very forgiving," says recipe creator hynesey. Here they are marinated in a spicy-lime mixture, grilled, shredded, and served on corn tortillas.
Plum Good Chicken Thighs
Plums make an excellent addition to fatty meats because their acidity cuts through the rich flavor. Here chicken thighs are tossed in a plum jam and balsamic reduction and garnished with green onions. "The sauce is delicious and if you are serving over rice or noodles you may want to consider making more of it," says reviewer and Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat.
Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) with Honey Mayoster Sauce
Karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, is essentially chicken that has been cut into bite-size pieces, dusted with bread crumbs, and deep-fried. The accompanying dipping sauce uses Japanese-style mayonnaise, which is much tangier than American-style. Find it online or in Asian supermarkets.
Instant Pot Mexican Chicken Soup
Instant Pot Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken
Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
When you need to get dinner on the table fast, turn to these simple enchiladas filled with chicken, cheese, and tomatoes, and covered with a homemade green chili sauce. It all comes together in one hour.
Enchilada Baked Chicken Thighs
Skip the tortillas and opt for these low-carb, deconstructed chicken enchiladas instead. Chicken is baked in red enchilada sauce and smothered with cheese and broiled. Garnish with green onions, sour cream, and cilantro.
Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Bowls
"This one-pot meal is warm and comforting with nice texture and contrast between the firm wild rice and the softer brown rice," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat. "It's savory, yet expect a little kick of sweetness to sneak in with the apples and cranberries."
Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken
This white chicken chili with homemade green chile sauce has a sweet and spicy flavor thanks to the combination of fresh tomatillos, jalapenos, and green chiles. "Serve over brown rice and garnish with chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, avocado, and cheese, or wrap in a tortilla!" suggests recipe creator Bites of Flavor.