10 Healthy Chicken Thigh Recipes for Busy Weeknights

By Megan T. Brown on October 26, 2016

Chicken thighs are the ultimate weeknight dinnertime staple—they’re healthy, ultra versatile and budget-friendly! Make the most of your meal with these light recipes using tender, juicy chicken and a host of nutritious additions you probably already have on hand.


Chile-Pomegranate Chicken Thighs

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Juicy chicken thighs are seasoned with ancho chili powder and slathered in pomegranate molasses, then served alongside crunchy pomegranate seeds for the ultimate flavor and texture.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn


Smoky Braised Chicken Thighs

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Smoked Spanish paprika, oregano and chili meld to create an irresistible seasoning that brings braised chicken to life! Just add juicy tomatoes to round out the taste.



Deviled Chicken Thighs

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The devil's in these delicious details: Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper. It doesn't get any better!

Karry Hosford


Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes and Smoked Paprika

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Served with rice or corn tortillas, these slow-cooked thighs are melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Mark Boughton


Orange-Marinated Chicken Thighs

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A zesty orange marinade and fresh herbs are all you need to take humble chicken and rice to the next level.

National Chicken Council


Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon Olives and Herbs

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Roasting these brightly-flavored chicken thighs at high heat makes for a juicy bite and deliciously crisp skin.

Karry Hosford


Chicken Thighs with Cherry Tomatoes

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Short on time? It doesn't get any easier than this light, one-dish meal!



Chicken in White Wine

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Turkey bacon and a bed of fresh vegetables breathe new life into a classic one-pot recipe.

Weight Watchers


Mexican Chicken with Yogurt and Almonds

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A creamy yogurt sauce and crunchy almonds are the perfect complement to a spicy, south-of-the-border chicken dish!

Mighty Spice Cookbook by John Gregory Smith


Vietnamese Slow Cooker Chicken with Vegetables

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Serve this Vietnamese-inspired chicken over a bed of bok choy for power-packed, nutritious dish.

Katie Sullivan Morford