Chicken

10 Ways to Cook Chicken Thighs

January  1, 2015

There are 3 million chicken recipes on the internet. We're here to show you the good ones. Win, win.

Today: Chicken thighs were made for low-stress weeknight meals.

When we think of easy weeknight chicken dinners, we tend to think of boneless -- often skinless -- chicken breasts. But what's easy about coaxing a lean cut of meat to be more tender and juicy? It can take considerable care and attention. 

With a simple switch of anatomy, you don't have to worry about dry or bland meat. Chicken thighs are self-sufficient, low-maintenance, and less expensive than breasts. It's the cut of chicken that was made for weeknight cooking -- the chicken that allows you to enjoy a glass of wine or catch up on a TV show while you wait for it to be ready. Sure, chicken breasts cook up faster, but there's a lot less risk when slow-cooking a thigh that doesn't need to be babysat or cajoled. Braised, fried, roasted, or grilled, here are 10 of our favorite ways to cook chicken thighs:

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

 

Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce by Genius Recipes

 

Oven-Braised Chicken Stew, Hungarian-Style by Bogre

 

Chicken Under a Brick with Pickled Peppers by Amanda Hesser

 

Not Your Traditional Korean Tacos by gabsimonelouise

 

Chicken Adobo with Rice by Jackie Varriano

 

Negima Yakitori by Kathleen @Hapanom

 

Grandma Virginia's Oven-Fried Chicken by luvcookbooks

 

Ethiopian-Inspired Spicy Chicken Stew by Abbie C

 

Chicken Cacciatore by inpatskitchen

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1 Comment

Joe G. May 29, 2015
CHICKEN CAN BE BORING. AND THE TOMATO RECIPE I FULL OF GREASE-JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURE. I 'VE THROWN AWAY BETTER LOOKING CHICKEN THAN SOME OF THE CHICKEN IN THESE PHOTOS. AND WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABUT COOKING THIGHS THIS 'ACCLAIMED' WAY. I HAVE COOKED THEM THIS WAY FOR YEARS AND NEVER HAD A COOKING LESSON.