These boneless skinless chicken thigh recipes show that flavorful, moist dark meat is just as versatile as chicken breast, and is still quick and easy enough for weeknight dinner. Welcome to your new favorite cut of chicken!
If you love tender, juicy dark meat but don't have time for the longer cook time that goes along with bone-in chicken thighs or leg quarters, then boneless skinless chicken thighs will be your new go-to item!
With these recipes, you get the delicious rich flavor and moist texture of dark meat without having to spend hours in the kitchen. These healthy boneless chicken thigh recipes are all relatively easy to make. And many of them whip up in just 30 minutes, which makes them perfect for quick weeknight dinner.
There is a ton of variety not only in the flavors, but also in the cooking methods to suit your lifestyle. We use the slow cooker, instant pot, air fryer, oven, grill, and stovetop!
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Your New Favorite Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
Here I'm sharing a few of my absolute favorite recipes for boneless chicken thighs that I think will become favorites at your house too.
Many of these are international recipes with big, bold flavors because the richness of dark meat stands up well. But there are also a few recipes with classic American flavor profiles.
Try something new and you might find a new favorite!
One Pan Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
If you love a home cooked meal for dinner, but the idea of doing the dishes afterwards deters you from wanting to cook, then one skillet meals with minimal cleanup are for you. These one-pan recipes will be your go-to meals!
Easy Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes on the Stovetop
Boneless skinless chicken thighs are such a versatile ingredient, they lend themselves well to a variety of different cooking methods. For those nights when you don't want to heat up the kitchen, the stovetop is the way to go!
Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes in the Oven
Baked chicken thighs are a classic staple in my house. And there are so many different ways you can do it, you'll never get sick of this as a main course!
Grilled Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
Grilling is a great cooking method for boneless skinless chicken thighs, especially if you marinate them first. The char on the outside takes these recipes to a whole new level.
Slow Cooker Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
I love using the Crockpot for a fuss-free meal that cooks itself! Chicken thighs are particularly great in the slow cooker because unlike chicken breast, dark meat doesn't (easily) dry out.
Instant Pot Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
The Instant Pot can come in clutch for those nights when you forgot to pull chicken out of the freezer the night before. It's always a win for tender, moist meat that tastes like it simmered all day.
Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
The air fryer is my go-to method for reheating a ton of things. I love how it gets food crispy outside and keeps it tender inside! But it goes beyond just reheating; the air fryer is a great option for cooking things like boneless chicken thighs!
Boneless Chicken Thigh Casserole Recipes
You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs in a lot of casserole recipes that call for boneless skinless chicken breasts. And also, if a casserole recipe calls for cooked chicken (such as rotisserie chicken or canned chicken), you can cook boneless skinless chicken thighs and use them instead!
Here are a few chicken casserole recipes that you can use chicken thighs in:
- Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells - With a quick and easy homemade alfredo sauce, this weeknight pasta dinner is a family favorite!
- Easy 30-Minute Chicken Noodle Casserole - No canned soup in sight! This one is full of veggies and uses a quick homemade creamy sauce.
- Million Dollar Chicken Casserole - If you make just one casserole with boneless skinless chicken thighs, let it be this one.
What Goes Well with Chicken Thighs?
That depends on the flavor profile of the recipe, but here are a few side dishes that pair well with just about any baked chicken thigh recipe:
- Leafy green salad
- Baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes
- Steamed rice
- Egg noodles
- Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, or green beans
- Garlic Parmesan Asparagus