You will find recipe after recipe for cooking chicken breasts, but we are letting you in on a secret. The tastiest parts of a chicken are the thighs! Undeservedly forgotten in a lot of chicken recipes, this part of a chicken is succulent, juicy, and incredibly flavorful. Thighs also tend to be much cheaper than the breasts, which makes a recipe like this a great inexpensive dinner.
For this recipe, a cast iron skillet can help you get a beautiful crispy skin, which will take your thighs to the next level. Serve this recipe up with a homemade salad, and you'll have a lovely low-carb, paleo-friendly meal.
This chicken thigh recipe requires very little prep time and cook time. From start to finish, it shouldn't take you longer than 20 minutes.
Most chicken thigh cast iron skillet recipes use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but we've decided to do the opposite. Why?
The skin on the thighs will become crispy and acts as a cover for the meat. This cover will allow the meat to steam in its own juices. Also, bone is a great heat conductor. Since the bone goes directly through the middle of the thigh, the meat cooks evenly. If you don't mind adding a few more minutes to your prep time, you can let your thighs sit out at room temperature for about 20 min before seasoning. This optional recipe step will make your chicken even juicer. Think of all the goodness you would miss out on if you used the more expensive boneless skinless chicken thighs!
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