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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!

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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!

Bookmark this article so you can easily refer back when you need ideas on how to use boneless skinless chicken thighs!

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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!

Chicken Panang Curry Recipe
This satisfying Chicken Panang Curry Recipe has a creamy coconut milk base and a delicately balanced flavor profile, and comes together in just 30 minutes!
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Domoda Recipe (Gambian Peanut Stew)
Domoda, a West African peanut stew recipe, is hearty and nutritious with layers of flavor. It’s a tiny bit spicy, a little sweet, and packed with savory goodness. It's full of vegetables, and the best part is you, can customize it to suit your tastes!
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Garlic Mushroom Chicken Thighs
Garlic mushroom chicken thighs are a quick and easy weeknight dinner! Tender chicken smothered in garlic butter mushrooms is comfort food at its finest.
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Garlic Mushroom Chicken Thighs
Authentic Thai Green Curry Recipe with Chicken (Kaeng Kiew Waan Kai)
This easy, authentic Thai green curry recipe (Kaeng Kiew Waan Kai) beautifully marries spicy-hot, salty, subtly sweet, and bright flavors in a coconut milk-based sauce. Chicken makes it filling, and serving it with jasmine rice makes it a hearty meal.
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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!

Chicken Riggies
Chicken Riggies (also called Utica Chicken Riggies) is spicy comfort food that takes pasta dishes to a whole new level of deliciousness. The cheesy, creamy tomato sauce is loaded with flavor and can be easily customized to suit your tastes!
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Chicken Riggies
Thai Stir Fried Noodles Recipe
This Thai stir fried noodles recipe combines elements of a couple classic Thai street food noodle dishes for an incredible blend and balance of flavors and textures. It’s the next best thing aside from a trip to Thailand, and it’s ready in just 30 minutes!
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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!

Italian Marinated Oven Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
For this Oven Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs recipe, boneless skinless chicken thighs are marinated in a simple Italian spice mixture, and then baked to perfection in the oven. It's an easy weeknight meal ready in about an hour!
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Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
Chimichurri Chicken Thighs
This foolproof recipe makes chimichurri chicken thighs that are juicy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside every time. With less than 10 ingredients!
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Chimichurri Chicken Thighs
Oven Baked Greek Chicken Thighs
This Oven Baked Greek Chicken Thighs recipe is an extremely quick and easy weeknight dinner idea. A fast, flavorful marinade with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic and herbs helps make this chicken tender and juicy!
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Greek Chicken Thighs

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.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
This easy Chicken Satay recipe features tender, juicy, and flavorful marinated grilled meat paired with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. No worries if you don’t have a grill or grill pan; you can also cook the chicken in the oven or in an air fryer!
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Shish Tawook Recipe (Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken Skewers)
This Shish Tawook Recipe features tender, juicy chicken that’s marinated in a spiced yogurt, lemon, and garlic mixture and then grilled to perfection.
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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.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe
Use your crockpot or slow cooker to effortlessly make this rich and creamy Thai Peanut Chicken for weeknight dinner! It takes just 15 minutes to prep and doesn’t dirty any other dishes (yay!). Serve it with rice, noodles, or cauliflower rice to get another veggie in. And it freezes well, which means it’s great for meal prep!
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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs
These crockpot BBQ chicken thighs are not only delicious, but are also a super easy three-ingredient recipe. Dinner doesn’t get much better than that!
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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Meal
This is a complete dinner in one! This Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Meal is an easy fix-it and forget-it dinner that is satisfying, flavorful, and great for busy weeknights.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Meal

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.

Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Treat your family to a flavor-packed, healthy and delicious chicken dinner with this easy Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken recipe!
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Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Instant Pot Butter Chicken is a popular Indian-inspired dish made using a pressure cooker. It consists of tender chicken pieces cooked in a creamy, tomato-based sauce infused with a rich spice blend. It's a favorite choice if you want to enjoy the flavors of traditional butter chicken in a fraction of the time.
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Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Instant Pot Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs
This recipe for Instant Pot lemon rosemary chicken thighs is such a quick and delicious way to get dinner on the table! They’re great for a busy weeknight dinner. And bonus, you can use fresh or frozen chicken, no defrosting required!
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Instant Pot Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs

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!

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs
These Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs come out crispy and juicy in just 20 minutes without the need to fire up the grill. They're perfectly seasoned and slathered with barbecue sauce for a delicious chicken meal.
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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Thighs
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are cooked to perfection in the air fryer with a home made spice mix. They come out perfect every time with minimal effort!
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Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

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:

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
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