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Easy, Quick, and Tasty Chicken Thighs

Updated on October 16, 2015
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Efficient Admin (aka Michelle) enjoys healthy cooking and all of her salad and stew recipes are memorized in her head.

I cut up some and already ate a few pieces before this photo was taken. This is some good eating.  This photo shows chicken breast and chicken thighs.  Brown them to your liking.
I cut up some and already ate a few pieces before this photo was taken. This is some good eating. This photo shows chicken breast and chicken thighs. Brown them to your liking. | Source
Wash and pat dry the chicken thighs. Lay them on a plate and salt and pepper to taste, both sides.
Wash and pat dry the chicken thighs. Lay them on a plate and salt and pepper to taste, both sides. | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 12 min
  • Ready in: 17 min
  • Yields: 6 Chicken Thighs

This is one of those recipes that almost did not get published because it is so quick and easy and I was not sure it would be approved – because it is so quick and easy! There are not very many words to say but the flavor is unbelievable.

This recipe I made up because one day I was in a hurry and wanted some chicken thighs but wanted them real quick, with not much cleanup. Little did I know it would turn into a recipe that is like potato chips or fried chicken: you can’t eat just one.

It’s amazing to me what a little salt, pepper, and olive oil will do to chicken. That’s all the ingredients required. You can do this for dark or white meat chicken. The white meat chicken will not need as long to cook depending on the thickness and your stovetop. Remember you want them to be "just" done, not overly dry and/or overcooked. So let’s get cooking! It won’t take this one very long!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy, Quick, and Tasty Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil, or less if there is a bit of fat on the chicken
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in sauté pan using medium heat.
  2. While oil is heating, wash and pat dry the chicken thighs. Then salt and pepper both sides.
  3. Cook both sides about 4-5 minutes each. All stovetops are different but you should see a brown coating forming on the outside on both sides. Take a knife and cut through the thickest park of a thigh to see if “just” cooked.
  4. Enjoy!! See how quick and easy that was?
After heating the oil, cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side.  Use less olive oil if your chicken pieces have a bit of fat on them.
After heating the oil, cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Use less olive oil if your chicken pieces have a bit of fat on them. | Source

The Benefits of Eating Poultry and Gamebirds

An average 5 ounce serving of chicken provides 35 mg of protein, which is more than half an adult’s daily requirement. Roast chicken eaten with skin has 9 grams more fat per 4 ounces than skinless roast chicken. Some Chinese therapists believe that chicken can help relieve symptoms of diarrhea, water retention, and poor appetite associated with spleen and pancreas imbalances. Today, therapists may advise against eating chickens that have been fed antibiotics to prevent infections from spreading among birds kept together.

Those who are dieting may find white turkey meat a good source of protein because of the low fat content. Lean chicken and duck that is cooked using a low fat method and served without the fat and skin are also good alternatives. These protein rich foods may also influence the appetite centers in the brain, helping to create a feeling of fullness.

Poultry and gamebirds are ideal foods for those trying to identify allergies since they are known for rarely causing allergic reactions. They are ideal foods for all stages of life because they provide nine essential amino acids that are needed for the growth and repair of tissues, and they are easy to digest.

Prepared turkey or chicken slices are useful “power sources” for quick snacks if concentration falters during certain times of the day. This is because all poultry and gamebirds contain good amounts of amino acid tyrosine, which the brain uses to produce norepinephrine and dopamine. These two substances trigger the brain cells that enhance concentration and mental alertness.

Nutrients of Poultry and Gamebirds

Key Nutrients per 4oz (100g)
Chicken (raw)
Turkey (raw)
Duck (raw)
Goose (Roast)
Partridge (Roast)
Pheasant (Roast)
Calories
106
105
137
319
212
220
Protein (g)
24
24
20
29
37
28
Fat (g)
1
1
7
22
7
12
Saturated fat (g)
0.3
0.3
2
unknown
1.9
41
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0.5
0.3
3
unknown
3.4
5.6
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.2
0.2
1
unknown
1.7
1.6
Iron (mg)
1
0.3
2
5
2
2
Zinc (mg)
1
1
2
3
1
1
Magnesium (mg)
29
27
19
31
26
26
Vitamin B6 (mg)
0.5
0.8
0.3
0.4
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      Efficient Admin 9 months ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello Dr. Mark, I hope you enjoy them very much. If the salt and pepper are left off (health reasons?) I bet your pups would really enjoy these as well! :-) Thank you for reading and your comments!

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      Dr Mark 9 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Quick and easy! I am all for that so I will pick up some chicken at the store tomorrow. The olive oil awaits.

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      Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      kalinin1158 - I use the oven at times as well and the chicken turns out just fine. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Lana ZK 2 years ago from California

      Love it! I accidentally stumbled upon the same 'recipe', namely, that good antibiotic-free chicken doesn't need any flavoring other than salt and pepper. So I do the same, only I put the chicken in the oven. Voted up.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      CharronsChatter - LOL I have done that myself a few times so don't feel bad. I've even answered to comments without approving the comments, like I was talking to myself LOL!

      I never thought of adding a bit of flour to these thighs - I bet that would add some more crunch to them! I think yes they are dynamic with flavor, and so simple! I also use them in a garden salad with some parmesan cheese.

      Thank you very much for your vote and for reading and as always your delightful comments!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Girlfriend--I am with you! The easiest preps are sometimes the best, and flour is like a magic bullet in the kitchen for me! I bet these are tasty crunchy and just dynamite. :)

      I am sorry if it seems as if i haven't replied to your nice commenst at my site, but I just now figured out that I need to "approve" as well as answer. Brilliant or what!

      anyway. I am voting nice things, of course, and most always will. :)

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      My Cook Book - thanks for reading and your comments -- let me know how it turns out!

      gags3480 - I've tried so many myself and for some reason I believe the chicken flavor really stands out with the olive oil and the salt and pepper. If there is just a bit of fat on the chicken, that of course helps with the flavor. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      I have tried a lot of chicken recipes & this seems to be really delicious & easy to make. I will definitely try it out. Thx for sharing.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for the share! Good recipe, i will try this.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      shiningirisheyes - thanks for checking it out and commenting. Have a great week.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Thanks for the share. Looks very simple and scrumptious as well.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      billybuc - let me know how they turn out! I haven't tried it with the skin on. I can imagine it would cause extra cleanup time. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      carol7777 - yep and cleanup is not so bad either :-) Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      When you said quick and easy you meant it...Sounds good to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm all for quick and I'm all for easy, and this is about as easy as they come. Thanks for a recipe I am sure we will try.