Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes
Chicken thighs are often overlooked in recipes because of the popularity of boneless chicken breasts, which are more in demand. However, chicken thighs are juicier and much more flavorful. They are also very economical and if you are on a tight budget, there are lots of chicken thigh recipes you can make, whether you are looking for something international like easy chicken enchiladas or something for the summer like healthy chicken recipes.
You can use boneless chicken thighs in casseroles and stews and pretty much any dish where you would normally use chicken breast. You might like to use some chicken breast and some chicken thigh, for a contrast in flavors and textures.
How to De-Bone a Chicken Thigh
Bone-in chicken is cheaper than ones are which have been de-boned for you, so it is well worth learning how to take the bones out of your own. Taking the bone out of a chicken thigh is simple and it also means the chicken will have a shorter cooking time. If you are cutting up a whole chicken, you will need a sharp knife to slice through the joint where the drumstick meets the thigh. You will find the cartilage very soft so it is easy to cut.
Bone the drumstick using the same method as you used for the thigh. Cut along the top of the bone and slice deeply until the knife is touching the bone. You will be able to see the white bone in the cut you have made. Pull the bone upwards and away from the chicken thigh.
Cut into the chicken some more, so that you can remove the bone altogether. You will probably have to slice some more of the meat off the bone so you can get it out. Keep slicing away bits of sinew, tendons and skin until you have a boneless thigh.
ecipe for Crockpot Chicken Thighs in an Herby Orange Sauce
This is such a simple chicken recipe and the fact that you can use a slow cooker means that you can leave this recipe to cook by itself all day while you are out. Serve this tangy citrus chicken dish with noodles or rice and perhaps some broccoli or beans on the side. This recipe serves four people.
You will need:
- 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs, in 1 inch pieces
- Juice from 1 orange
- Zest from 2 oranges
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary
- 4 slices crumbled, cooked lean bacon
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 3 peeled, diced carrots
- 1 chopped onion
- 14 1/2 oz can diced peeled tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
How to make it:
Remove any visible fat from the chicken, then combine it with the orange juice and half the zest, tomatoes and their liquid, oregano, thyme, pepper, garlic, rosemary, onion, carrot, basil and tomato paste in a three and a half quart crockpot. Cover and cook on “low” for about six hours or until the chicken thighs are cooked through. Stir in the rest of the orange zest, the lemon juice, and sugar. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the finished dish.