Crispy Chicken Thighs on the Stovetop

Ideal chicken thigh preparation for the stove Crispy golden skin covers succulent meat on these pan-seared chicken thighs.

You can serve the chicken with the pan sauce over potatoes and vegetables for a delicious and quick meal.  

stove top chicken thighs in a large skillet.

Why Chicken Thighs Should Be Pan-Fried

Pan-searing chicken thighs is a healthier alternative to deep-frying because less oil is used.

You can have crispy skin and tender, flavorful meat, plus the added bonus of pan sauce or gravy.

That gravy is flavorful and delicious, and you can't go wrong with it.

You won't ever want to make it any other way again because it's that simple, fast, and delicious!

One of the many reasons that pan-seared, stove-top chicken thighs are so popular is that they can be prepared with either bone-in or skinless, boneless chicken thighs.

3 pieces served on a white plate with the skillet in background.

Chicken Thighs for the Stovetop

Perfectly cooked chicken thighs can be achieved with this recipe.  

It has a rich flavor thanks to the combination of herbs and spices used in its preparation. Neither of us will eat tasteless chicken here.  

This is a simple and quick recipe. It's the tastiest chicken dinner your family will ever have, and it only takes 30 minutes to make from start to finish. Fast and simple is always welcome.

The recipe calls for simple, natural ingredients that are already in your pantry or refrigerator.  

If you're looking for a cheap and nutritious dinner option for your family, try this recipe for chicken thighs cooked in a skillet.

This chicken recipe, which only requires a little oil to pan-sear to perfection, is one you will want to make again and again.   

The pan sauce is tasty and can be used to top rice, potatoes, or vegetables. Toss the idea of making a dipping sauce to the curb.

This dish is appropriate for those following a ketogenic or paleo diet.

Experiment with honey-garlic, cilantro-lime, and other flavors. Changing the order and order of the flavors can give you a new experience every time.

Bone-in chicken thighs are what I've used before, but skinless, boneless thighs would work just as well. Instructions for preparing either option are provided below.

Try my post on stove-top chicken breasts if you're looking for a chicken breast recipe.  

Similar: chicken drumsticks cooked in a pan

4 pieces of cooked chicken thighs served on a plate.


See the recipe card at the post's bottom for a complete list of ingredients and thorough instructions.

The Lower Parts of a Chicken


Hot pepper flakes

Tiny bits of onion, or onion powder

Granulated garlic or garlic powder




The oil can be either sunflower or vegetable oil.

Substitute white wine or water for the chicken broth.

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Instructions for Stovetop Chicken Thighs

Prepare the ingredients by measuring them out.  

Parsley, paprika, onion granules, garlic powder, thyme, and salt should be combined.

You can dry the chicken with a dish towel.

Prepare the chicken by coating it thoroughly in the seasoning blend.  

seasoned chicken thighs in a bowl.

To begin, heat a large frying pan over medium flame.  

Putting the chicken thighs in the pan, skin side down, and adding oil.

chicxken placed skin side down in the skillet.

5 minutes in the oven, then flip and bake for another 5

Don't mess with the chicken before it's done cooking.

Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth, add the thighs, and cook them over low heat, covered, for 10 minutes.

In order to ensure that boneless chicken is cooked through, reduce the time to 5 minutes instead of the recommended 10 minutes.

chicken broth added to the skillet.

Internal temperatures must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 75 degrees Celsius for human consumption.

Wait 5 minutes after cooking, then serve.

The pan sauce can be served as is or thickened with a cornflour slurry.

How to Accompany a Meal

Pan-seared chicken goes well with just about anything. That's how adaptable it is, and the uses go on forever. The following are some examples of suitable accompaniments:

Potatoes: mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, and air fryer potatoes are all great options for a side dish.

Healthy vegetable side dishes include steamed broccoli, steamed carrots, sautéed vegetables, and vegetables cooked in an air fryer.

Cereals – Accompanying rice dishes include long grain rice, curry rice, and spicy rice.

3 pieces served on a white plate with the skillet in background.

How Long Can You Keep Cooked Chicken Thighs in the Fridge?

Do not put it in the fridge until it has cooled completely.

The best way to keep perishables fresh in the fridge for up to three days is to pack them into an airtight container, label it, and place it in the fridge.

For up to four months of storage in the freezer, place in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag, label with the date, and store in the freezer.

It can be reheated in a microwave, stovetop oven, air fryer, or conventional oven.

Placing it on a microwave-safe plate, covering it, and heating it for 90 seconds at high power will get it nice and toasty again. You may want to allot more time if it turns out to be necessary.

Stews, soups, chicken bolognese, omelets, curries, sandwiches, and wraps are all great ways to repurpose leftovers.  


  • While marinating isn't required, it can be done to increase flavor. 30 minutes to 5 hours is what I recommend.  
  • Before adding the chicken to the pan, make sure the oil is nice and hot.
  • The chicken should not be crowded in the pan, so choose a generously sized one.
  • For the best results, cook at a medium temperature.
  • Chickens shouldn't be moved until they're done cooking. Do not flip them until you can do so easily.  
  • Wait 5 minutes before slicing the chicken.

A foolproof method for determining when pan-seared chicken is ready to eat

The juice should be clear when a knife or fork is inserted into the skin. Take the temperature with an instant-read thermometer; you're looking for a range of 170°F to 180°F. Inside temperature must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 75 degrees Celsius for safety.

sreved on a plate and garnished with pasrsley.

Chicken Thigh Recipes, Even More!

Honey-soy chicken thighs

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Dripping with honey and garlic, these chicken thighs are a must-try.

Grilled chicken marinated in lime juice

Chicken thighs without the bones cook in an instant

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stove top chicken thighs in a large skillet.
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Ideal chicken thigh preparation for the stove The chicken thighs in this dish are golden in color, and the meat is tender and juicy all the way to the bone after being pan seared. This chicken dish is simple to prepare and cooks up quickly; it pairs well with potatoes and vegetables in a pan sauce.  
  • 6 pieces Legs and wings Thighs from either bone-in or skinless, boneless chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Spice it up with some black or cayenne pepper. alternatively, for the palate
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley
  • ½ teaspoon Granulated Onions
  • ½ teaspoon A powdered form of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Thyme, Dried
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 cup Chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon Oil Cooking oil derived from plants or sunflowers
  • Accurately weighing and measuring ingredients   Combine the salt, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and parsley.
  • Chicken should be dried with a dish towel before cooking. Using the seasoning blend, thoroughly coat the chicken.  
  • Set the stove to medium and heat a large frying pan. In a skillet, over medium heat, add oil, then add the chicken thighs, skin side down. Flip them after 5 minutes and cook for another 5 minutes total.
  • Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth, then add the thighs and cook for another 10 minutes, or until they are no longer pink in the middle. For boneless chicken, half the cooking time to 5 minutes. For human consumption, the internal temperature must be higher than 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 75 degrees Celsius.
  • To serve, let it rest for 5 minutes after cooking. Pan sauce can be served as is or thickened with a cornflour slurry.
  • Marinating is optional but can be done to increase the flavor if desired. I recommend spending 30 minutes to 5 hours on this.  
  • To avoid crowding the chicken, use a pan that is sufficiently large.
  • For optimal results, cook at a medium heat.
  • Because chicken broth evaporates during cooking, feel free to add more broth or water as necessary.
  • Put the chickens in a holding pattern until they're done cooking. Don't flip them until you can do so easily.
  • The chicken should sit undisturbed for 5 minutes before being devoured.
Calories: 328 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Protein: 21 g | Fat: 26 g | In regards to saturated fats: 6 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 125 mg | Sodium: 314 mg | Potassium: 340 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 677 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 17 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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