22 Crock Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes

Grilled chicken thigh garnished with vegetables
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While lean, quick-cooking chicken breasts are convenient to have on hand for family meals, you just can't beat chicken thighs for their flavor, juiciness, and price. Chicken thighs maintain their excellent flavor and tenderness even when cooked for several hours in the slow cooker, while chicken breasts can become quite dry and tough.

As with most slow cooker chicken recipes, there's usually no need to sear the chicken before you add it to the crock. However, browning the chicken—especially if the skin hasn't been removed—can add flavor, color, and texture. If you have time, brown whole chicken thighs in a small amount of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

With only one bone running through the middle of chicken thighs, they're easy to debone. Just make cuts on either side of the bone and remove it while scraping off any meat that might be adhering.

If you don't cook with chicken thighs often, these crock pot recipes will make you a believer. 


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