Top 10 Recipes for Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts, can stand up to the long cooking times in the crockpot better, are juicier and more tender, and have more flavor. So why are chicken breasts more popular? I have no idea.

I love putting chicken thighs in the crockpot with just about anything and letting it simmer all day, filling the house with incredible aromas. And they cook quickly too when you want dinner in a hurry. Enjoy these easy recipes featuring chicken thighs.

  • 01 of 10
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    Salsa Crockpot Chicken. Linda Larsen

    This super easy recipe uses just two ingredients: chicken thighs and salsa. Look for unusual salsas in the supermarket to make this recipe more interesting. I found a peach salsa that is just amazing. Salsas can be made with just about any fruit or vegetable.

  • 02 of 10
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    Crockpot Chicken Sweet Potatoes. Linda Larsen

    This recipe is a real winner. Curry powder and ginger provide the flavor for rich chicken thighs and tender sweet potatoes. Peach preserves (or your favorite kind) makes the sauce fabulous. Yum.

  • 03 of 10
    Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken
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    I love this super easy recipe. In fact, this is going to be simmering away in my crockpot tomorrow since I have such a busy day. The chicken becomes so moist and tender, and the flavor of the sauce is outstanding. You could add more veggies to the recipe if you'd like: carrots, broccoli (during the last hour) or red bell peppers (also during the last hour) would all be delicious.

  • 04 of 10
    Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
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    This wholesome and homey recipe is so good. The dumplings cook to perfection in the slow cooker, which was rather a surprise to me. And a note about the ingredients: if you don't like onion or thyme, just leave them out! That's the beauty of cooking recipes. They can be changed to suit your own tastes.

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  • 05 of 10
    Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
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    This easy recipe is quick, simple, flavorful, and so good for you. What more could you want?

  • 06 of 10
    Spicy chicken tacos
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    This recipe is just fabulous. Chicken is cooked in a crockpot salsa and taco seasoning mix, then the meat is shredded and used to make tacos along with broccoli slaw. Add your favorite taco toppings to this wonderful dish.

  • 07 of 10
    Chicken Cacciatore
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    Two kinds of tomatoes make this delicious recipe so rich tasting. And lots of vegetables make it healthy. You can use boneless chicken thighs if you'd like, to make the recipe easier to eat. And throw in all the veggies you want!

  • 08 of 10
    Crockpot Chicken Jambalaya
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    Hmmm, I'm sensing a theme here. Well, chicken thighs work so well in the crockpot, I guess I'm not surprised! Andouille sausage, lots of onion and garlic, Tabasco sauce, and pepper add zing to this easy recipe. Add the orzo and shrimp at the end so they cook to perfection, then dig in.

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  • 09 of 10
    Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Carrots
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    Well, I love this recipe. And if you love sweet and sour flavors, you will too! Frozen lemonade concentrate adds such wonderful flavor to the chicken and makes them so tender. If you prefer a less sweet sauce, you could substitute lemon juice and chicken stock, or increase the amount of vinegar in the recipe. Serve it over hot cooked rice to soak up all the sauce.

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    Lemon Chicken Scaloppini
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    This super quick recipe takes just 35 minutes from start to finish; less if you work fast! The chicken is tender and flavorful, and the sauce is something special. Make this one for company!