Raise your hand if you could never eat a chicken breast again and be perfectly content. OK, that might be a bit dramatic, but we are done with overusing them. Yes, they’re relatively inexpensive and almost foolproof to cook, but there are so many other options out there. Enter chicken thighs. We’ve pulled together seven recipes that use the juicier, more flavorful cut of chicken and are just as easy to prepare as your tired, old standard recipe. Get ready to be pumped about chicken again.
1. Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice
Chicken thighs make all the difference in flavoring this fresh, Mediterranean-style meal. Marinate the chicken in lemon, garlic, salt, and oregano for at least 20 minutes, but preferably overnight if you have time to plan ahead. After that, the dish all comes together in one pot.
2. Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad
A marinade that doubles as a dressing? Count us in. With avocado, grilled peppers, and juicy chicken pieces, this salad is a major step up from greens in a bag (we’ve all been there, it’s fine). Marinate the chicken for as long as you have—overnight tastes best, but a few hours or just a quick dip before you put the chicken on the grill will taste good too. Use half the mixture and save the rest to pour on top.
3. Korean Paleo Chicken Thighs With Cauliflower Rice
Think of this as a way-healthier (and more flavorful, tbh) version of sesame chicken and sticky rice. Cauliflower rice is not as daunting as it seems, especially if you have a food processor; you can whip it up while the chicken is roasting in the oven. Major win for multitasking while you create this smoky, sweet meal that’s ready in half an hour.
4. Thai Coconut Curry Braised Chicken Thighs
This coconut curry recipe is perfect for nights when you’re craving something sweet and savory. After browning chicken thighs in a deep skillet, mix a can of coconut milk with chicken broth and fish sauce (soy sauce and Worcestershire are easy 1:1 substitutes), and let simmer. Garlic, ginger, and Thai curry paste add extra flavor to the creamy dish.
5. Baked Caprese Chicken
Update this common chicken breast dish by replacing the main ingredient with thighs. Topped with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and juicy Roma tomato slices, the crispy thighs give the whole thing a slight crunch and tons of flavor. Fair warning—you’ll want to pour the balsamic reduction on everything.
6. Honey Chili Chicken Thighs
These spicy-sweet chicken thighs can be added to just about anything—rice, pasta, greens—or eaten with a side of veggies. The recipe uses easy, healthy swaps, like adding apple cider vinegar to the honey sauce and cooking the chicken in coconut oil.
7. Braised Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes
This recipe tastes like mom’s home cooking, and we love it. Plus it’s super low-maintenance—all you have to do is chop the veggies and mix everything in a large skillet to simmer. If you prefer, use chicken or vegetable broth, plus a squeeze of lemon juice in place of white wine.