Saute Chicken Thighs

saute chicken thighs
saute chicken thighs

One of the quickest and most flavorful meals you can whip up on a busy weeknight is sautéed chicken thighs. In just 15 minutes, you can go from preparation to serving a delicious dish that will leave everyone satisfied and wanting more. With a mix of aromatic spices and a few simple techniques, you can ensure that your chicken thighs turn out tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor.

Pan seared chicken thighs made in a skillet

Ingredients and Substitutions

To make these pan-seared chicken thighs, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Chicken thighs: Opt for boneless, skinless thighs for convenience and ease of cooking.
  • Seasonings: Create a flavorful rub using onion powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  • Garlic: Slice the garlic for milder flavor infusion.
  • Broth: Use chicken broth to create a rich sauce, or substitute with vegetable broth if desired.

How to Make Saute Chicken Thighs

  1. Start by measuring the spices and combining them thoroughly. This spice mixture adds a beautiful color and imparts a sweet and smoky Mediterranean flavor to the chicken.
    Mix of spices for the recipe: onion powder, paprika, turmeric, cumin and coriander

  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel to ensure crispiness when seared. Massage the seasoning onto the dry thighs, evenly coating them.

  3. Heat olive oil in a pan, making sure it covers the bottom. Place the chicken thighs, smooth side down, in the hot oil. Avoid moving or flipping them for at least 5-7 minutes, or until they easily release from the pan.

  4. Flip the thighs and cook until the juices run clear or a thermometer inserted reads between 160°F and 165°F.
    Process shots showing how to cook the chicken on a skillet

  5. Add garlic to the pan and cook until golden and fragrant, approximately 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with chicken broth, allowing the juices to thicken slightly.

  6. Serve your sautéed chicken thighs with your choice of sides, such as Lebanese rice, green beans, or even a Mediterranean salad.

Skillet chicken thighs with garlic

What to Serve with Saute Chicken Thighs

Enhance your sautéed chicken thighs with these complementary side dishes:

  • Grains: Pair your chicken thighs with Lebanese rice, risotto, cauliflower rice, or even a rice salad.
  • Potatoes: Enjoy the delicious combination of chicken thighs and potatoes. Try healthy mashed potatoes, garlic roasted potatoes, or even air fryer potatoes.
  • Vegetables: Add sautéed green beans, pan-roasted Brussels sprouts, or mushrooms to your meal for a well-rounded experience.
  • Salads: Complement the spices of the chicken with a Mediterranean chopped salad, couscous salad, kale tabbouleh, or Fattoush.

Pan seared chicken thighs served with arugula

Tips for Sautéing Chicken Thighs

To ensure your sautéed chicken thighs turn out perfectly every time, follow these helpful tips:

  1. Allow the chicken to marinate. Although not crucial for this dry rub recipe, marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours) will enhance the flavor.

  2. Avoid overcrowding the pan. To achieve even browning and cooking, ensure that the chicken thighs have enough space in the pan. Overcrowding can create steam, which affects the searing process.

  3. Resist the urge to flip the chicken before it’s ready. Once the chicken is fully cooked on one side, it will effortlessly release from the pan. This also helps achieve proper browning on both sides.

  4. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting. Allowing the chicken to rest allows it to absorb the juices, resulting in a more tender and juicy bite.


Q: Can I use bone-in chicken thighs?

Yes, you can use bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe. However, adjust the cooking time accordingly as bone-in thighs generally require more time to cook through.

Q: Can I substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth?

Absolutely! If you prefer a vegetable-based option or simply don’t have chicken broth on hand, feel free to substitute it with vegetable broth. The choice of broth won’t significantly alter the final flavor of the dish.


With its quick preparation time and incredible flavors, sautéed chicken thighs are a go-to option for satisfying meals. Pair them with your favorite sides, experiment with different seasonings, and enjoy the culinary adventure of creating delicious meals at home. For more culinary inspiration and recipes, visit Takeout Food – your ultimate guide to culinary delight.

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