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10 Chicken Thigh Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

The thigh is perhaps the juiciest, most flavorful piece of the chicken. But it's often one that goes overlooked. That's a shame because it is easy to cook, cheap, and almost impossible to mess up. Besides being incredibly versatile. So it's a crime to let it go under-appreciated. No more!

We've gathered 11 of the best country recipes for chicken thighs, providing a wide range of cooking styles and flavors (and even one or two more daring recipes!). Whether you're a bacon lover, like your chicken spicy, or are looking for a healthy meal, you'll find a recipe for it below.

Of course, we wouldn't assume to tell you the best BBQ recipes (check out our other BBQ posts for ideas instead).

Pickle-brined Fried Chicken

bon appetit

How about this for a twist on the old classic fried chicken? By brining the thighs in a mustard-dill pickling brine, you'll infused the meat with a wallop of flavor that lasts from skin to bone.

Get the recipe here.

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Kebabs

Host the Toast

Just look at that beautiful alliteration and let the significance sink in. Bacon. Bourbon. BBQ. Say no more. Sold.

Get the recipe here.

Skillet Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce

pinch of yum

Bacon, white wine and caramelized shallots will pretty much make anything delicious. Crisp up some chicken thighs, throw it all in the same pot and let it bake for 40 minutes, and you've got an easy, delicious one-pot meal that will keep them coming back for more.

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Arrabiata

Budget Bytes

This classic is a spicy, tomato-based braise that is perfect over a bed of penne or whatever your favorite pasta may be. The sauce should be good and spicy, so you may want to consider cranking up the red pepper a little in this recipe which won't break the bank.

Get the recipe here.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta

Honest Cooking 

Polenta is one of the most versatile and under-appreciated dishes out there. When paired up with the mushrooms (like with anything, the better the mushroom, the better the dish) and thyme sauce that the thighs have been roasting in...well, let's just say there won't be much left over.

Get the recipe here.

Cracklin' Chicken

nom nom paleo

It doesn't really get much more basic than this. Or delicious. Follow this easy recipe to get a crunchy, crispy skin while preserving the tender thigh meat. As a bonus, this is a paleo recipe and complies with Whole30 and 21DSD.

Get the recipe here.

Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken
oh, sweet basil

Start of with a spice rub: coriander, chili, cumin, salt and pepper. Grill the thighs over medium high until they are almost done and slather on a honey lime sauce that will caramelize over the heat to a sweet, tangy perfection.

Get the recipe here.

Prosciutto-stuffed Chicken Thighs

Italian Food Forever

Chicken thighs are the perfect receptacle to stuff your favorite ingredients into. You could try anything from prunes to asparagus. This recipe calls for prosciutto and provolone cheese, and an aromatic breadcrumb stuffing.

Get the recipe here.

Bacon Wrapped Ginger Soy Chicken

Yellow Bliss Road

The name pretty much tells you all you need to know. The thighs are marinated in the lightly Asian-inspired ginger-soy mixture which gives them a deep, unexpected yet subtle flavor. Honey and brown sugar add sweetness. Wrap it all up in bacon, because what shouldn't be wrapped in bacon, and throw it in the oven. You may want to consider adding a drop or two of lemon juice to balance the darker flavors of this recipe.

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Double-dipped Buttermilk Fried Chicken


Come on, did you really think we were going to leave you with only one recipe for fried chicken? There are a couple tricks when it comes to frying a tasty chicken (but you probably already know them all). First: buttermilk. If you haven't had buttermilk fried chicken, well...make this recipe immediately. Second: give the chicken a second drench through the batter. This will make the chicken extra crispy and bring it to a whole new level.

Get the recipe here.

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