The dark meat cuts of chicken are inexpensive, moist, tender, and juicy; here are quick and easy recipes that start with chicken thighs. Remember we learned in How to Cook Beef those muscles which the animal uses more often have more myoglobin in them and are darker in color? Chicken thighs fall into this category, which is why they are called 'dark meat'. The meat has more flavor and more fat than chicken breasts, so they are an excellent choice for any chicken crockpot recipe. And you can buy thighs that are already boned and skinned, for super quick preparation.
Bone-in chicken thighs should be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. Boneless chicken thighs should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. The flavor of chicken thighs, while more intense than breasts, is complemented by just about any ethnic cuisine.
Enjoy these easy recipes for dinner this week.
Start With Chicken Thighs
- Crockpot Honey Chicken
I love the combination of chicken with dried fruit. This easy recipe uses just five ingredients.
- Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry
This super easy five ingredient stir fry recipe can be adapted to your family's tastes. Use any vegetable combo you like, as long as they are cut in approximately the same size pieces.
- Crockpot Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
This super easy slow cooker recipe is so good for you too.
- Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs cook in about 20 minutes on top of your stove. This flavorful recipe is very inexpensive too.
- Chicken Fajitas
This spicy recipe is delicious wrapped in warmed flavored flour tortillas topped with shredded Pepper Jack cheese.
- Tuscan Chicken Sandwiches
I love this recipe - the richly flavored chicken is the perfect filling for focaccia sandwiches.
- Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs
Get dinner on the table in under 45 minutes! This quick and easy skillet meal is full of fresh flavor.
- Lemon Tarragon Scalloppini
This fragrant recipe uses pounded boneless skinless chicken thighs so it cooks in minutes.
- Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken
This unusual combination of barbecue sauce and sweet and sour sauce is wonderful, playing off the rich flavor of the chicken.
- Skillet Curried Chicken
Apples, onions, mushrooms, and curry powder are the secret ingredients to this delicious one dish skillet dinner.
- Coq au Vin
This classic French dish is best made with dark meat. Fresh vegetables and spicy sausage complement the tender and juicy chicken.