7 Fast & Fancy Chicken Thigh Recipes

7 Fast & Fancy Chicken Thigh Recipes

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Sheela Prakash
Apr 18, 2018
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As chicken thighs have become a staple on so many of our meal plans, it's all too easy for them to feel mundane — that is, of course, unless you give them a little special treatment.

Diverge from the usual and chicken thighs can quickly transform into fancy (yet still as fast as always) meals that are perfect for dinner parties or just a normal Wednesday night at home with your family.

1. Balsamic & Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs and Figs

While this savory, sweet dish calls for fresh figs, you can easily swap in dried figs when they aren't in season. Simply soak dried figs in boiling water for 20 minutes while you prep the other ingredients, then quarter them and proceed with the recipe.

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2. Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Blistered Tomatoes & Basil

Gather just five ingredients — chicken, olive oil, grape tomatoes, garlic, and basil — and in no time you'll have an Italian-inspired meal that feels worthy of calling your friends over for.

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3. Weeknight Coq au Vin

While this classic French stew is often labor-intensive, this trimmed-down version is quick, easy, and equally satisfying. Serve it with crusty bread and a simple green salad.

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4. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel & Lemon

It's hard not to love sheet pan dinners — especially when they feel a little extra special, like this one. Definitely serve this over cooked rice or quick-cooking couscous, so you can enjoy every last bit of the lemony, garlicky sauce.

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5. Spring Vegetable and Chicken Braise

While this elegant meal is warm and comforting, it will hardly weigh you down. What's even better? It will be on the table in under 30 minutes.

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6. Creamy French Mustard Chicken

This one-skillet dinner calls for two kinds of mustard — whole-grain and creamy Dijon — but it's for good reason. The whole-grain mustard helps flavor the chicken while the Dijon is whisked in at the end to thicken and emulsify the sauce and add a bit of acidity and salt.

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7. Baked Chicken with Artichokes

This Middle Eastern-inspired chicken, rich with cinnamon, preserved lemon, and saffron, really couldn't be easier — just toss all the ingredients together in a casserole dish and bake.

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