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10 Ways to Cook Chicken Thighs

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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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Tags: Dinner, Weeknight Cooking, Quick and Easy