December 8, 2020

The Best Healthy Chicken Thigh Recipes

We’ve rounded up the best healthy boneless skinless chicken thigh recipes that are easy to make, packed with delicious flavor, and perfect options for a weeknight dinner, lunch, or your weekly meal prep. There is sure to be a little something for everyone on this list!

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Why I Love Using Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

When you think of chicken thighs you might automatically think of bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs but if you are not familiar with boneless, skinless thighs please allow me to introduce you to them.

When it comes to my favorite proteins, boneless skinless thighs are definitely at the top of the list. I love using them in a variety of recipes and always have a pound or two in my freezer. Chicken thighs are tender, juicy, packed with flavor, and, thankfully, so much more forgiving than chicken breast.

While I love a well-cooked chicken breast just as much as the next person, if you are not careful they can quickly become overcooked, dry, and tough. Chicken breast are also not always the best option for hearty soups or stews that require a very long simmer time as they can easily dry out.

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, however, can withstand longer cooking times and higher cooking temperatures without becoming dry or tough. They are also naturally more tender and quick just as quickly as chicken breast which make them a great option for quick meals like stir-fries.

How to Cook Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are incredibly versatile and can be cooked in several different ways. A few of my favorite ways to cook with them include:

  • In soups and hearty stews
  • A quick stir-fry with lots of fresh vegetables
  • Marinated and then grilled or pan seared
  • Cooked and then shredded in casseroles

Where to Find

A few years ago, finding boneless skinless thighs were a bit harder to find but now you can likely find them in the poultry section of your local grocery store. If you cannot find them, try asking the butcher at your local store and they will likely be able to help you.

Favorite Cooking Tools to Use When Making Chicken Thighs

  • Cast Iron Skillet – for that perfect crispy sear on the thighs
  • Non-stick Skillet – great for quick cooking meals or recipes that include a sticky sauce like a stir-fry
  • Dutch oven – for hearty soups and stews
  • Citrus juicer – this is great when you need to juice large amounts of citrus for flavorful marinades
  • Sharp knife – if you are dicing your chicken thighs before cooking, this is a must-have tool
  • Tongs – this makes handling the chicken while cooking much easier

The Best Healthy Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh Recipes

chicken thighs on white plate with lime

Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Healthy Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

chicken and dumplings

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Corn Chowder

Thai Green Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

Chicken and Veggie Tikka Masala

gluten free chicken enchiladas in a black cast iron skillet with a pink cloth and chopped lettuce

Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Chicken Taco Soup

Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup

Southwest Chicken Chili

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