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Garlic-Infused Boneless Chicken Thighs

(Quick and Easy 15 Minute Recipe)

Written By: Byron | October 12, 2023
Boneless chicken thighs served on a plate and drizzled with garlic and oil.

This garlic-infused boneless chicken thighs recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner option. It’s super quick and easy to make and can be whipped up in around 15 minutes from start to finish. No need to marinate, just pan-fry skinless boneless chicken thighs with a sprinkle of garlic powder and then simmer in crushed fresh garlic, some vinegar, and water. 

The result is tender juicy chicken that’s loaded with garlicky flavor. Always best served on a bed of steamed rice and drizzled with the leftover garlic-infused pan juices. This easy chicken thigh recipe serves two but can be easily scaled up to suit.

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Serving:

2 people

Ready in:

15 mins

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Steamed rice

Some uncooked boneless chicken thighs sit on a plate beside some spices and garlic.

How to Make Garlic-Infused Boneless Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 14oz (400g) skinless boneless chicken thighs (4 pieces)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Equipment needed

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle both sides of your chicken thighs with garlic powder and season lightly with salt and pepper (to taste). 
  2. Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and cook for around 2-3 minutes per side (until they become just golden and a little crispy). 
  3. Add the remaining olive oil and crushed garlic to the center of the pan. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, then add the sherry vinegar and water (be careful as the water may spit when added to the pan). 
  4. Stir juices around the chicken and cook for at least 10 minutes or until you see most of the liquid evaporate. If your chicken thighs are on the larger side, cook for a little longer until cooked through.
  5. Serve chicken on a bed of rice and drizzle with the garlic-infused pan juices.

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Quick and Easy Chicken Thigh Recipe

This is the perfect recipe to make after a long day or when you are too tired to cook. It DOES require cooking, but very little, and the result is delicious juicy chicken pieces packed with garlic flavor. This recipe is one of our favorites as it comes together in around 15 minutes and is still so tasty. 

Why use chicken thighs for this recipe?

When it comes to tasty chicken, chicken thighs win hands down. Chicken breast may be a little leaner, but chicken breast meat doesn’t come close to the flavor and juiciness of chicken thigh meat when you’re relying on the chicken meat being the star of a meal. 

Chicken Thighs are Easier to Cook

Chicken thighs, and in particular boneless chicken thighs, are also much faster to cook and have far less chance of drying out during cooking. Ultimately, chicken thighs (bone-in or boneless) are an ideal choice when you want to pan-fry a meal when you’re short on time, or simply too tired to cook a more extravagant meal. 

Chicken Thighs vs. Chicken Breast: Which is Healthier?

Chicken thighs are often praised for their tender, flavorful meat, but they come with a trade-off — they’re higher in fat compared to chicken breast. The reason behind this higher fat content lies in the nature of the cut. Chicken thighs contain more fat because they are darker meat and include both the meat and the skin. 

  • Chicken thighs, when prepared skinless, have less fat than regular chicken thighs, and can actually provide heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Chicken breast, on the other hand, is known for its lower fat content. This makes it a preferred choice for those who are watching their fat intake or aiming for a leaner protein source.

In the end, it’s all about balance. While chicken thighs may be higher in fat, moderate consumption of healthy fats can be beneficial for your overall diet.

Make this meal as healthy as you like by choosing sides that are low-fat, low-sodium, or low-whatever-you’re-going-for, to suit your dietary requirements and any dietary goals.

What to Serve with Garlic-Infused Chicken Thighs

This recipe is loaded with protein and is best served on top of a bed of steamed rice or mashed potato if you want to add carbs. For a balanced and nutritious meal, serve your chicken thighs with your favorite steamed greens or a tasty side salad. 

Here are a few recipe suggestions to go with your garlic chicken thighs:

garlic-infused chicken thighs sit on a plate beside some steamed rice and salad.

FAQs

How long do garlic-infused chicken thighs take to make?

  • Prep time: 1 minute
  • Cook time: 14 minutes
  • Total time. 15 minutes

Can I use chicken breast meat instead of boneless chicken thighs?

Absolutely. If using large chicken breasts, cut them into small fillets so they cook faster. Also, adjust the cooking time to suit (allow an extra few minutes). 

How do I store any leftovers?

In the unlikely occurrence that you have any leftovers, store your cooked garlic chicken thighs in an airtight container in the fridge. When refrigerated, they will last up to 3 days, and up to 3 months when frozen. To reheat, thaw and then heat in the oven at 302°F (150°C) for around 8-10 minutes. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 200g

Servings: 2

Amount per serving

 

Calories

422

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 29g

37%

Saturated Fat 4.8g

24%

Cholesterol 168mg

56%

Sodium 257mg

11%

Total Carbohydrate 2.5g

1%

Dietary Fiber 0.2g

1%

Total Sugars 0.4g

 

Protein 39.5g

 

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 47mg

4%

Iron 2mg

11%

Potassium 35mg

1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

garlic-infused chicken thighs sit on a plate beside some steamed rice and salad.

Garlic-Infused Boneless Chicken Thighs (Quick and Easy 15 Minute Recipe)

Byron
This garlic-infused boneless chicken thighs recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner option. It’s super quick and easy to make and can be whipped up in around 15 minutes from start to finish. No need to marinate, just pan-fry skinless boneless chicken thighs with a sprinkle of garlic powder and then simmer in crushed fresh garlic, some vinegar, and water.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course, meat
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
Servings 2 people
Calories 422 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large 30 cm / 12 inch skillet or pan

Ingredients

  • 14 oz 400g skinless boneless chicken thighs (4 pieces)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle both sides of your chicken thighs with garlic powder and season lightly with salt and pepper (to taste).
    14 oz 400g skinless boneless chicken thighs (4 pieces), 1 tsp garlic powder, Salt and pepper
    Boneless chicken thighs are seasoned with garlic and some salt.
  • Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and cook for around 2-3 minutes per side (until they become just golden and a little crispy).
    3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    Browned chicken thighs in a pan.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and crushed garlic to the center of the pan. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, then add the sherry vinegar and water (be careful as the water may spit when added to the pan).
    3 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, ½ cup water
    Chicken thighs simmer in a pan with some garlic, sherry, and water.
  • Stir juices around the chicken and cook for at least 10 minutes or until you see most of the liquid evaporate. If your chicken thighs are on the larger side, cook for a little longer until cooked through.
    Pan juices are spooned over some chicken thighs in a large pan.
  • Serve chicken on a bed of rice and drizzle with the garlic-infused pan juices.
    garlic-infused chicken thighs sit on a plate beside some steamed rice and salad.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 200gCalories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 2.5gProtein: 39.5gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4.8gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.4gCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 15-minute-meal, baked Chicken, Boneless chicken thighs, Chicken thighs, easy, Easy Dinner ideas, easy recipe, garlic, garlic chicken, Oven-baked

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