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When it comes to quick and tasty chicken dinners, we head straight for chicken thighs. They’re juicy, flavourful and cook faster than chicken breasts or other bone-in cuts. That’s because they’re thinner than other chicken parts. They’re also easier on the budget—and if you find value packs on sale? Grab them. We’ve got all the chicken thigh dinner ideas you need, from our favourite chicken sheet pan recipe, to those sweet, sour and sticky sauces that kids love.

These recipes are also simple enough for kids to help with. Get them whisking up a marinade or tossing together a few simple ingredients. Sure, it might be a little messier, but raising kids who love cooking is worth it, right?

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Grilled maple chipotle chicken thighs Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: Sweet and sour with a hit of smoky heat—these juicy chicken thighs speak to all our barbecue cravings and the kids love them too. If you don’t want to barbecue, no problem. They’re easy to cook on a stovetop grill pan instead.

How kids can help: Let the kids measure and mix the marinade ingredients before you throw it all into the blender. They can also help toss the chicken in the sauce—just make sure they wash their hands well before and after.

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This is one of those delicious chicken marinades perfect for making ahead. You can even freeze the chicken right in the marinade for an easy meal on hand when you need it.
Srilankan chicken curry Image source: Love and Other Spices

Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: This chicken curry recipe is full of flavour. It has a nice kick to it, but if your family doesn’t do spicy, you can reduce the chili powder or cayenne pepper to half a teaspoon. You can even make your own homemade curry powder. It only takes five minutes.

How kids can help: Grinding whole spices is fun! But if you’re not feeling up to it, at least you can let the kids get their hands dirty marinating the chicken. (Again, wash those hands, little people!)

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Curry powder, with its mixture of turmeric, coriander, cumin, chilis and other spices, is said to have loads of health benefits including potentially reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol.[1]

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Sweet spiced chicken thighs Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: This Caribbean-inspired dish is a crowd pleaser and perfect for kids who like their chicken less saucy. Serve with a side of rice and peas and tangy coleslaw for dinner with all the fixings.

How kids can help: There’s almost nothing to this recipe—all the more reason to let kids do the prep! Simply combine brown sugar, salt and spices, coat the chicken and add it to a roasting pan with butter.

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Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: This is one of our favourite easy chicken thigh dinner ideas for kids. It only takes 10 minutes to prep and it’s ready as soon as the rice is done cooking. Kids love the sweetness and the adults will appreciate the hint of sriracha in the sauce. It’s also the perfect recipe to reinvent for lunch the next day, like simple and delicious chicken lettuce wraps.

How kids can help: Let your kid mix up the marinade in a bowl: sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and sriracha. If you’re serving rice, you can also let them rinse it beforehand, they’ll love the sensory play here.

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One serving of these kid-friendly chicken thighs has a whopping 14 grams of protein and only six grams of fat.[2]

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Greek style chicken thighs and potato salad Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Why we love it: Just three simple ingredients—yogurt, lemon and garlic—make a creamy and flavourful Mediterranean-style marinade. You can easily sub the chicken leg quarters in this recipe with kid-friendly boneless chicken thighs. They’ll cook quicker too.

How kids can help: Put your kid’s muscles to work crushing garlic. You can also let them mix up the marinade and help dress the potato salad, including picking the feathery dill fronds from the stem.

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Orange chicken with sweet potato Image source: Erik Putz (Chatelaine)

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: This is one of those easy, healthy dinner ideas that has it all—tangy chicken thighs, sweet orange slices, crispy kale, caramelized sweet potatoes and red onion cooked all on one baking sheet. The prep is so easy for this sheet-pan dinner—the oven does most of the work for you.

How kids can help: This recipe was practically made for helping hands. Just dump all the ingredients onto your baking sheet, toss with olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and mix it all up.

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Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense leafy greens out there. It’s super high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and may even lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.[3]

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Chicken with cream sauce Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: Crispy boneless chicken thighs in a rich and creamy mushroom sauce is a comforting and kid-friendly weeknight dinner. Serve with a side of pasta, rice or a big bowl of mashed potatoes for extra indulgence.

How kids can help: Let kids practice their chopping skills on those tender cremini mushrooms. A butter knife or plastic serrated knife is all they need.

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This easy chicken thigh recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep but if you don’t have time to watch it simmer over the stove, you could easily made it in a slow cooker or pressure cooker.

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Ready in: 6 hours

Why we love it: Soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger make up the finger-licking sweet and sticky sauce in this kid-friendly chicken thigh recipe. If you like your sauce extra thick, simply add a bit of cornstarch at the end and cook a little longer.

How kids can help: Let them whisk this simple marinade together and pour it over the chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Then just set it and forget it.

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If you want to cook these chicken thighs in the oven, just spread them out on a sheet pan and bake at 450°F for 20 to 25 minutes. To check that the chicken is cooked, take the temperature in the middle of the thickest piece. If it hits 175°F or higher, you’re good to go.[4]

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Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: If your kids love jalapeno poppers, then these crunchy, cheesy chicken thighs are a perfect kid-friendly dinner. This recipe earns bonus points for using five ingredients or less. In this case, all you need is boneless skinless chicken thighs, cheddar, cream cheese, jalapeno peppers and panko breadcrumbs.

How kids can help: Let your kid (carefully) pound the chicken thighs with the side of a rolling pin to tenderize them. How often do they get to smash things on purpose? They’ll love it.

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This easy chicken thigh recipe is an ideal make-ahead meal. It will be super tender and juicy with the extra marinating time. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

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Article Sources

  1. 9 Surprising Benefits of Curry Powder. Healthline.
  2. Today’s Parent. Sweet and Saucy Chicken Thighs.
  3. 10 Health Benefits of Kale. Healthline.
  4. Cook Until the Juices Run Clear—Fact or Fiction? Cook’s Illustrated.

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