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Swift chicken thigh recipes serve as invaluable solutions for busy weekdays, and among them, these Garlic Chicken Thighs stand out as one of my prized discoveries!

Chicken Garlic Chicken Thighs

Featuring a crunchy, garlic-infused exterior, tender interiors, and complemented by a velvety garlic butter sauce, this recipe for boneless, skinless chicken thighs boasts a mere 5 essential ingredients. It’s truly astonishing how remarkably delectable a recipe so simple can turn out to be!

The BEST quick chicken thigh recipe I know

There’s a standout element in this recipe that sets it apart from most quick and uncomplicated chicken thigh recipes – the skinless chicken thighs turn out delightfully CRISPY.

Crispiness on skinless chicken thighs? ABSOLUTELY!

The secret lies in a simple combination: a sprinkle of garlic powder, salt, and pepper on the chicken thighs, followed by gentle cooking over moderate heat. The result? A rich, deep-golden crispy exterior infused with a delightful garlicky essence.

But the pleasure doesn’t stop at savoring that garlicky crunchiness. The golden remnants left in the pan after searing serve as the foundation for an extraordinary pan sauce that takes just 1 1/2 minutes to whip up.

  • For the record, the culinary term for these golden residues in pans is fond.

Chicken thighs – all the way!

It’s quite likely that chicken breast holds the title of the most favored chicken cut here in Australia, as well as in many Western nations.

Indeed, chicken breast offers a slightly leaner profile – a mere margin. But, are you surprised to learn that 100g/3.5oz of chicken thighs boasts a mere 2 additional grams of fat compared to breast? These 2 grams are practically negligible when you factor in the wealth of extra flavor and succulence that chicken thighs bring to the table!

In all sincerity, when aiming for hassle-free, swift, and convenient chicken meals, chicken thighs unquestionably steal the spotlight. Their juiciness simplifies the cooking process, rendering them less susceptible to drying out, even if slightly overcooked. They require less oil for cooking and deliver a richer flavor than their breast counterparts.

Now, as for suitable side options: Elevate your dinner by pairing these Garlic Chicken Thighs with the irresistible allure of Curried Basmati Rice or Mushroom Rice. For a delightful crunch, introduce the Everyday Cabbage Salad (a reliable standby) or swiftly assemble a fresh garden salad. There are few recipes that can genuinely claim to be made from scratch with minimal ingredients, astonishingly quick and easy, budget-friendly, and yet astonishingly delicious – a dish you’d proudly serve to guests.

This Garlic Chicken Thighs recipe confidently fits the bill. It’s a true gem to have in your culinary repertoire!

Garlic Chicken Thighs

Garlic Chicken Thighs

Swift chicken thigh recipes serve as invaluable solutions for busy weekdays, and among them, these Garlic Chicken Thighs stand out as one of my prized discoveries!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
total time
30 mins



  • 700 g / 1.2 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs (5 to 6)

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml dry white wine (or broth or water)

  • 25 g / 2 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 large garlic cloves , minced

  • Finely chopped parsley , optional


Sprinkle a generous amount of garlic powder, salt, and pepper onto both sides of the chicken pieces.
In a spacious skillet, warm up some oil over medium heat. Gently place the chicken into the skillet with the smoother side facing down. Employ a light press with a spatula. Allow the chicken to cook for approximately 5 minutes, until it attains a deep golden hue with a satisfying crispiness.
Carefully flip the chicken and apply gentle pressure with the spatula. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Introduce the garlic and butter to the skillet, cooking for about 1 minute, until the garlic takes on a light golden color and a mouthwatering aroma permeates the air.
Next, pour in the wine and elevate the heat. Stir the liquid around the chicken to dissolve the appealing golden remnants clinging to the skillet into the wine. Let the mixture simmer vigorously for approximately 1 1/2 minutes, until the pungent alcohol scent dissipates.
Remove the skillet from the heat and promptly serve the chicken, ensuring to drizzle it with the flavorsome sauce.


While chicken breast can be used for this recipe, it won't yield the same delightful golden crust. To adapt, halve the chicken breast horizontally to achieve a thickness of 1cm / 2/5", then follow the recipe with these adjusted cook times: preheat the skillet on high, cook for 2 minutes, flip, cook for 1 minute, then introduce garlic and butter, and proceed as per the original instructions. Here are some recommended accompaniments: Cowboy Rice Salad, Roasted Broccoli, Avocado Corn Salad, Garlic Butter Kale Rice, Mushroom Rice (you can also explore Baked Mushroom Rice), and Smashed Potatoes. Nutritional information provided per serving, encompassing both the chicken and the accompanying sauce. Nutrition breakdown for Crispy Garlic Chicken Thighs
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