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Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless, boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

THE BEST STOVE TOP CHICKEN THIGHS

Quick enough for a Thursday night dinner, or even a dinner party, this Stove Top Chicken Thighs recipe is all about the technique. Cooked in olive oil and finished off with butter, garlic and chicken broth results in crispy, yet tender and finger-licking good chicken thighs.

Did I mention that this recipe is budget friendly, keto friendly, and paleo friendly, too? ‘Cause IT IS! I cook with our waistlines in mind.

Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

Pan seared chicken, whether it’s chicken breasts or chicken thighs, most often come out dry and tasteless. However, this stove top chicken thighs recipe is about to change all of that. If you’re looking for an oven recipe, hop on over here and see these deliciously marinated Oven Baked Chicken Thighs.

HOW TO MAKE JUICY CHICKEN THIGHS ON THE STOVE TOP

  • Similar to my Garlic Sauce Chicken Thighs, sans bones and skin, this recipe starts with a wide, deep 12-inch skillet and well heated olive oil.
  • In the meantime, we will season our chicken thighs with a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

  • Add chicken thighs, smooth side down, to the skillet and sear for about 5 minutes, or until you can easily flip it over.
  • Flip and cook for 6 more minutes; add butter and garlic to the pan and cook for a minute before adding chicken broth to scrape up all the delicious bits on the bottom of the pan. This will also create the sauce to go with the chicken thighs.

Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

COOK’S NOTES FOR STOVE TOP CHICKEN THIGHS

  • Use a large skillet that comfortably fits 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Cook the chicken thighs over medium-high heat.
  • DO NOT move the chicken thighs around; let cook for 5 minutes or until you can easily flip them over.
  • After adding in the butter and garlic, a splash of chicken broth will help with scraping up all the bits on the bottom of the pan. If you want, you can also use your favorite white wine or apple juice.
  • If chicken breasts are all you’ve got, get my recipe for Juicy Stove Top Chicken Breasts.

Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

HOW TO STORE COOKED CHICKEN THIGHS

  • Refrigerate chicken thighs within two hours of cooking. Make sure that they are completely cooled.
  • Store chicken in airtight containers, and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN THIGHS

  • Transfer completely cooled chicken thighs to an airtight container OR freezer bags.
  • Label the bag or container with name and date, and place it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!

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Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs - Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless and boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top. These delicious pan seared chicken thighs make for a wonderful meal that’s surprisingly easy, and the pan sauce is amazing!
Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs
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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless, boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 283 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds (about 6 chicken thighs) boneless skinless chicken thighs (you can also use chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth (you can also use wine or juice)
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season chicken thighs with onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add seasoned chicken thighs to the skillet, smooth side down; cook for 5 minutes or until you can easily flip over the chicken.
  4. Flip and continue to cook for 6 to 7 more minutes, or until no longer pink.

  5. Add butter and minced garlic; cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  6. Add chicken broth and stir around to scrape up all the crispy bits on the bottom of the pan.
  7. Continue to cook for 1 minute.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
  10. Serve.

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Recipe Notes

COOK’S NOTES FOR STOVE TOP CHICKEN THIGHS

  • Use a large skillet that comfortably fits 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • Cook the chicken thighs over medium-high heat.
  • DO NOT move the chicken thighs around; let cook for 5 minutes or until you can easily flip them over.
  • After adding in the butter and garlic, a splash of chicken broth will help with scraping up all the bits on the bottom of the pan. If you want, you can also use your favorite white wine or apple juice.
  • Additionally, you can use chicken breasts in place of the chicken thighs.

 

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Nutrition Facts
Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 442mg13%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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95 Responses
  1. Bridgette Hill

    Omgeeeeee!!!!! Made this chicken for dinner tonight and it’s a definite keeper! I didn’t have minced garlic and I added fresh thyme. The chicken was so flavorful and tender. My family loved it! 🥰

  2. Chefyl

    Simple and delicious. I put a cheesy cauliflower and broccoli casserole in the oven just before starting on the chicken, and chicken was done just before the casserole needed to come out– and it was an excellent pairing. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. Simone Cummings

    My family absolutely loved this dish!!! These were the juiciest, most delicious chicken thighs I have ever made! We all could have eaten two servings!

  4. Nancy MacRae

    I may have already commented on this recipe, but had to say it again: this recipe is outstanding! I’ve adjusted it for two servings and still perfect every time. Boneless chicken thighs are very versatile, but so often are part of a more complex recipe. This is like having a pan broiled steak, and a welcome break from the keto recipes which often use cream to make delicious sauces. You can eat chicken thighs this way every week and not get tired of them. It’s even better than five stars. Kudos diethood!

  5. Terri

    Super Easy. Family loved it. Next time I’ll double the recipe. Maybe ad some heat for zippier taste, but overall yummy! Thank you!

  6. Donna McCasker

    I am going to cook these, but can you please tell me what the recipe is for the side dish showed in the photo, as it looks divine. Thank you

  7. Cindy Nobles

    Absolutely delicious! I used marsala cooking wine instead of chicken broth, only because I didn’t have any chicken broth when I cooked it and it turned out great. I will definitely cook this again.

  8. Jocelyn

    I actually used this recipe for the cooking directions, not the seasoning. I had marinated some chicken thighs to bake, then my oven keypad stopped working so I couldn’t turn the oven on! I had to figure out a way to cook them on the stove top, which I haven’t done before. I used my largest pan and fit 7 thighs in snugly at a time (I was doing a large batch). My chicken, which was marinated in BBQ sauce, dijon, and spices, turned out perfectly! The timing was exactly right, even with the different seasonings and a large batch. I put in a bit of butter while heating the pan, then just plopped them in there. If timing didn’t work for your BONELESS, SKINLESS chicken thighs, I imagine your stove doesn’t heat at a true medium heat. I did cover mine, however, so that may have helped with timing. Try covering it if yours isn’t cooking quickly enough!

  9. classickitchensupplies

    What a delicious Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs! I simply cannot wait to try it! Very interesting combination of ingredients. I am saving this recipe for later.

    1. Dave

      Easy, super tasty and should be fool proof. If you have problems with undercooked chicken or any other problems with this recipe you should probably stick to McDonald’s because it doesn’ t get much easier than this.

  10. Angie

    I made these and more than doubled the cooking time and they were still raw inside. Yes, I used bone in chicken thighs. But I kept cooking and cooking and nothing. I ended up having to put them in the oven for 40 min because they wouldn’t cook in the middle. Maybe this recipe would work with super thin skinless thighs but do not try this if you have thicker bone in thighs.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! The recipe calls for boneless and skinless chicken thighs, not bone-in. It says it in the list ingredients within the recipe box. Bone-in thighs take much longer to cook.

      1. Angela L

        Because of comments like this, I cooked my boneless chicken thighs a few minutes longer. They were thoroughly cooked and still very tender and juicy. I’m not sure if the extra time was necessary, but the end product was very good!

    1. Amanda

      My boyfriend and I LOVE this recipe. Have been making it weekly for the past two months. The cook times are perfect for me every time- cooking on a cast iron at medium high heat. Thank you!

  11. Mira

    I’ve made this recipe and variations on it (with different spices) several times now and it always turns out great! Super easy to follow and very delicious too.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! Did you use boneless chicken thighs or bone-in? Bone-in thighs take longer, but boneless should be done within 12 to 14 minutes on the stovetop.

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi! I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you. Did you use boneless thighs? Bone-in thighs do take longer to cook, but boneless thighs shouldn’t take longer than 12 to 15 minutes, tops.

          1. Katerina Petrovska

            They will most likely need at least 20 more minutes. I advise to brown them on the stove top – about 5 minutes per side, and then finish them off in a 425˚F oven for about 22 to 25 minutes longer, or until juices run clear and internal temperature registers at 165˚F.

  12. Jessica

    Very simple, quick and delicious. I served them with chicken stock infused long grain brown rice, roasted garlic butternut squash cubes, and roasted carrots, onions and garlic cloves.

    I’ll definitely make these again.

  13. Lori

    My family did not enjoy this recipe tonight. Maybe it was my fault. I had 3 lbs. of chicken and I doubled everything else. It was way overpowering in spices. I hoped to have extra for lunches the rest of the week, but no.

    1. Jill Davis

      This was super delicious!! I’m in love! I put my own little twist of the herbs and spices because I like to cook that way but I followed the other directions to T. I’ll be doing this again for sure.

    2. Jordan

      Absolutely delicious, the chicken just melted in my mouth and I made it with sautéed spinach and seasoned rice. I used white wine to deglaze instead of chicken broth and it made a nice sauce to go along with everything. I will definitely be making this again!

  14. Madeleine

    This was tender and delicious and easy to prepare. I needed more cooking time, but perhaps my thighs were thicker than normal. I will definitely make this again!

  15. Anthony Allen

    These are super delicious, easy to make, and come out perfectly every time. Looking forward to making them again tonight!

  16. Carol

    These are SO easy! The outside was delicious and I didn’t find it too oily (but I was conservative with the cooking oil.) My family found the inside of the thighs a bit boring, but I am guessing that brining the thighs first and upping the seasonings a bit might make this perfect. Thanks for a great weeknight recipe!

  17. Christina

    I made this skillet chicken dish a few nights ago. It turned out great. I used boneless chicken thighs. After sauteing them on both sides, I removed them and then added some sliced green and red bell peppers to the skillet and sauteed them for a bit. Then I added the chicken thighs back in and continued cooking as instructed. I also added about 1/2 cup more chicken broth in order to get more sauce. I didn’t have any fresh parsley so I used cilantro. With a side of brown rice my dinner was quite yummy.

  18. Nipa

    I’ve made this recipe a handful of times now, and every time it has been juicy and flavorful. It’s a nice alternative to my crockpot recipes which require a lot of liquid/sauce for the chicken to cook. If there’s any left over, I pack it for lunch (with rice) for my kids. 🙂 Nipa @fashionipa

  19. Deb

    I love the flavor and the chicken was not dried out! I also enjoyed the ease of cooking on the stove. I had to guess on the amounts of ingredients as I did not see them listed anywhere (?)

    1. Rachel Jefferson

      I don’t usually comment on internet recipes; but, omg this chicken was sooo good! I was searching for a quick and easy way to prepare some boneless, skinless chicken thighs and stumbled upon this one. I will definitely be making this one again.

  20. Cindy Ramirez

    I made these in a pinch for a last minute dinner party instead of ordering out. The sauce was amazing. I could practically drink it!! I used bone-in , skinned chicken thighs so it had to cook about 30 min. I also added some cooked, sliced Italian sausage because I thought the sauce would be delicious on them – and it was!! As a side, I made the coconut lime cauliflower rice. My dinner guest raved about the meal. Thank you!

    1. Sofa Lopez

      I was interested in doing this but she said to brown it on the stove first and finish baking in the oven for bone-in chicken – did you do anything different as far as the cooking/baking or have any issues with dry chicken (she also mentioned lots of butter would have to be used)

      Thanks, Sofia L.

  21. Anne Brown

    Always looking for low carb recipes with lots of flavor, this one just went to the top of my list. Followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious!

  22. Stacey C

    We tried this recipe out tonight. It was pretty good. I used a lot more garlic, and I added a little lime juice to the chicken broth. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I did follow the comments recommendation and flattened my thighs first. I served it with candied carrots and baked potatoes.

  23. Nicole P.

    I made this but eyeballed the seasonings. I cooked it in a cast iron pan. It was juicy and flavorful. I will be making this weekly!

  24. Kathy

    Loved this recipe! I used Mexican chili powder and Turkey stock (that’s what I had on hand). Gave it a little kick. YUM
    Not sure if it took my rating ***** 5 stars.. easy and quick..

  25. Mark S.

    Made these tonight for dinner and they were excellent. Deglazed the pan with some white cooking wine, returned the chicken to the pan. They were still a bit pink so I left them in the pan while the liquid reduced about 5 mins. They were so good! Only thing I will do differently next time is flatten the thighs with a mallet so they are a more even thickness. My girlfriend says we are making these again next week. They were a hit!

  26. MS HEIDI HARRIS

    Cooked this in a cast iron skillet. I didn’t season with enough salt I think and the cook time was off….some thicker parts of the thigh were still uncooked. Popped it into the oven for a few extra minutes. I will make it again….maybe pound the thighs down to an even thickness (?)

  27. Larry Douglas

    How can you give 5 stars to a recipe if you haven’t made it? Looks yummy….looks mouthwatering…..delicious looking, etc.

    Make the damned thing….then rate it!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      You just gave the recipe 1 star and didn’t say if you tried it, or what was wrong with it. Was the 1 star because you were frustrated with the “5 stars”??

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Bone-in chicken thighs take longer to cook and with this recipe it will dry them up real quick unless you keep adding in tons of butter. :-/ For that reason, it would be best to first brown them up on the stove top in a skillet (on both sides for about 5 minutes per side) and then let them finish cooking in the oven at 425F for about 12 more minutes, or until done. I hope this helps.

    2. Ann Mcglynn

      Fast and tasty dish! I subbed chipotle chili powder and eyeballed all the seasonings and ingredients. Also used Better than Bouillon for the broth..delish. The chipotle chili powder isn’t too spicy, just a tad (at least for my tastes) and a bit smokey. Delish..paired it with Goya yellow rice and a bag of steamed veggies. Dinner was done in 30 minutes from start to finish.

  28. Mark

    This came out great .. the chicken was excellent .. probably more like 6 minutes on each side in a cast iron skillet over medium high .. don’t be afraid to use the chili powder .. the spicy ness melts away and leaves a nice rich Smokey flavor .. … I cooked it exactly like the recipe but my wife likes more sauce so I increased to a cup of broth

  29. Emily

    Not very flavorful. They were juicy for sure, but definitely needed more in the flavor department. They also took longer to cook than the recipe said.

  30. Healthy Kitchen 101

    Since when my family know about this baked chicken thighs, we stop ourselves from ordering from Mcdonald whenever we crave fast food but make these thighs which is even faster. It’s absolutely more satisfying 🙂
    – Natalie

  31. Jess

    I don’t understand how the chicken is supposed to cook so fast. You only have maybe 7 minutes or so of total cooking time – thighs are taking closer to 25 minutes to cook like this for me! How are the cooking times so fast? Also, do you take the chicken out of the pan before adding the butter and garlic and deglazing? Or leaving it in? I’m ending up with a ton of oil in the pan, so much that it’s almost frying. I am not sure how this is supposed to become sauce as right now it would be like pouring pure oil over top of the chicken. Please help!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I am sorry I didn’t see this earlier! I hope dinner worked out. :-/ My apologies, please.
      Did you use boneless, skinless thighs? They should be done cooking after 8 to 10 minutes over medium-high heat. You can check for doneness by using a meat thermometer and inserting it in the thickest part of the meat – thighs are done at 165F.
      For the second part, definitely leave the thighs in there because they are still cooking. You’ll have to work around them to scrape up all the bits and pieces after pouring in the chicken broth. If you feel that there’s too much oil, you can pour it out, but not all of it. Also, you can remove the chicken thighs to work with the butter and garlic, but you will have to add them back into the skillet and cook for a couple minutes longer, or until they are done.

    2. baltisraulbal

      Cooking time for me was about 9 plus min over medium heat. Took them out at 164 degrees internal temp. Great taste but I did add a little more seasoning before starting to cook.

  32. Chrissie Baker

    What a delicious Juicy Stove Top Chicken Thighs! I simply cannot wait to try it! Very interesting combination of ingredients. I am saving this recipe for later.

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