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Healthy and Delicious Chicken Thigh Recipes

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Move over, chicken breasts! These Healthy and Delicious Chicken Thigh Recipes are so juicy – you’ll want to make them all the time.

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Chicken Thigh Recipes

Top 3 Best Chicken Recipes: Looking for a healthy, tasty, and budget-friendly meal option? These chicken thigh recipes are where it’s at! This juicy cut of meat will stay juicy whether you’re cooking it on the stovetop or baking it in the oven. Chicken thighs also tend to be a bit cheaper than chicken breasts, so you’ll be saving a few bucks while you’re at it.

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I rounded up some of my favorite chicken thigh recipes that include everything from the best marinades to meal prep bowls, stir fry dishes, and more.

Are chicken thighs healthy?

As per food news : Chicken breast may get the best rap when it comes to healthy protein options, but chicken thighs can be healthy, too! While thighs due have more fat and cholesterol than breasts, they’re still a fairly healthy protein option. Try not to fry them in oil or go overboard on the sodium and butter, and serve them with healthy veggies and grains for a nutritious meal.

Classic Chicken Thigh Recipes

While these recipes are classics, they definitely don’t taste basic! They’re my go-to when I’m really stuck with what to make and are an excellent way to try out new flavors or cooking methods.

These Delicious Chicken Thigh Marinades are perfect for meal prep and super easy! Try Sesame, Chipotle, Greek, Balsamic, and Honey Dijon.

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Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg

Delicious Chicken Thigh Marinades in 5 ziploc bags

This recipe for the Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs shows you how to cook juicy chicken, whether you’re using boneless or bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. The spice blend is delicious and versatile too!

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Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Vitamin C: 90.4mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2.1mg

A close-up of seasoned baked chicken thighs on a sheet pan with prepared with parchment paper.

These Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are so crispy and juicy, seasoned with lemon pepper and paprika, and served with rice and coleslaw.

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Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

Air fryer chicken thighs with coleslaw and rice on a plate

The Best Instant Pot Chicken Thighs come together in under 30 minutes with a delicious sticky-sweet honey garlic sauce. Serve with Asian coleslaw for a full meal!

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This Chimichurri Chicken can be made in a skillet, the oven or on the grill. The parsley-based sauce is a taste of summer all year long!

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Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 1099mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2802IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg

Chimichurri Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs are the perfect summer food, no grill required! Use bone-in or boneless chicken thighs, or fresh or frozen.

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Meal Prep Bowls and Complete Dishes

Chicken thighs are the stars of these recipes! These complete meals are perfect to make for meal prep lunches or family dinners.

These Korean-Inspired Chicken Meal Prep Bowls are a healthy make-ahead lunch idea made up of chicken thighs, sesame coleslaw, and jasmine rice!

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Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 813mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg

Korean Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

These Chicken Shawarma Meal Prep Bowls are great for your weekly lunches, with a homemade shawarma seasoning that’s made of pantry staples.

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Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Chicken Shawarma Meal Prep Bowls

This Meal Prep Thai Basil Chicken is a healthy stir fry idea that doubles as an easy 30-minute dinner or make-ahead lunch!

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Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1534mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 51.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Meal Prep Thai Basil Chicken

These Garlic Sesame Instant Pot Chicken Thighs are perfect for your weekly meal prep and are made with the best sticky and sweet sauce!

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Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 994mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 49.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Garlic Sesame Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is a no-mess, no-fuss crockpot comfort food dinner. This make ahead recipe allows you to prep it and forgets it.

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Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4143IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken is a delicious restaurant copycat! This easy stir fry has a spicy garlic soy sauce with mixed veggies & chicken thighs.

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Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1148IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg

Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken

This Instant Pot Chicken Adobo is a delicious Filipino dish that comes together easily with the help of your pressure cooker!

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Instant Pot Chicken Adobo via Eating Instantly

This Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken is a delicious sticky-sweet chicken served on a bed of rice. The dish is named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans!

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Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken via Eating Instantly

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