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9 tasty chicken thigh recipes

Chicken thighs have your back. They're budget-friendly, always juicy and can be used in a slew of dishes. We know what you're making for dinner this week.

By Amy Valm

9 tasty chicken thigh recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Comforting Chicken Congee

A type of rice porridge, congee is stick-to-your-ribs wholesome. This version uses always-tender chicken thighs, fresh ginger, shiitake mushrooms and brown rice. It’s made in the slow cooker and and yields a soupy-like risotto when it’s ready. Get the recipe: Comforting Chicken Congee

three mugs of thick soup with mushroom and chicken on topPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Chicken and Leek Sauté

Leeks are a fun new veggie to introduce to little palates. They’re a milder tasting onion that offer a sweet flavour when cooked. These guys are sautéed with chicken thighs in a cream and white wine reduction. This dish is fast and fancy. Get the recipe: Chicken and Leek Sauté

Chicken thighs sitting on sautéed leeks with breaded asparagus fries on the sidePhoto: Jodi Pudge

Baked Chicken Freekeh Bowl

Grain bowls are a good friend to keep close for weeknight meals. They’re filling, healthy and taste pretty damn good. This one features freekeh (a nubby grain), crisp lettuce, cherry tomatoes and juicy sliced chicken thighs drizzled with a tangy tahini dressing. Get the recipe: Baked Chicken Freekeh Bowl

Grain bowl with baked chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion and dressingPhoto: Erik Putz

Indian-Spiced Chicken Sticks

Oh, hey little chicken skewers! Bold but not too spicy, these simple appetizers are great for little hands to dunk. Here’s a tried-and-true tip: even if your kid is picky, they’ll probably be OK with eating food on a stick. Changing up the delivery method of a dish can sometimes be enough to excite kids into eating. Get the recipe: Indian-Spiced Chicken Sticks

Wooden skewers with marinated chicken and cucumberPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Easy Butter Chicken

Forget takeout, this Indian favourite comes together quicker than delivery. Chicken thighs are more tender and flavourful than chicken breasts, making them perfect for a saucy dish like this. Get the recipe: Easy Butter Chicken

butter chicken on top of rice with piece of naanPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chicken Cacciatore

Wanna know what you should make for your next pasta night? This, obviously. Shredded pieces of tender chicken thighs tossed in a saucy medley of tomatoes, olives, mushrooms and fresh parsley taste the best. Get the recipe: Chicken Cacciatore

antique plate with hearty chicken cacciatore

Sheet Pan Greek Salad Chicken Dinner

Don’t know sheet pan dinners? Well, get familiar because you’re about to become good buddies. Your meat and veg cooks up on one tray in a hurry. No fussing happening over here. Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Greek Salad Chicken Dinner

Chicken and vegetables on a sheet pan

Mediterranean Braised Chicken Thighs

Dark meat is faithful to you by staying juicy and delicious no matter how you cook it. Chicken thighs are the best in a sauce, and this briny mix of olives, artichokes and fresh tomato sauce is no exception. Get the recipe: Mediterranean Braised Chicken Thighs

bowl of chicken thighs with olives and artichoke in a tomato saucePhoto: Ryan Szulc

Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup

Making a veggie-filled bowl of the classic soup to slurp is never a bad plan. Juicy chicken, soft-but-still-crisp veggies and a fun pasta shape is what it’s all about. Get the recipe: Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup

bowl of chicken noodle soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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