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4 Chicken Thigh Recipes That Will Turn You On to the Dark Side of Chicken

By Hilary Meyer, November 21, 2013 - 10:43am

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4 Chicken Thigh Recipes That Will Turn You On to the Dark Side of Chicken

Annually, the average American consumes 38 percent more white meat than dark meat from chicken. We’d like to buck the trend and give some love to one of our favorite cuts: boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Why are thighs so great? Sans skin and after a quick trim, they fall into the lean category, with 166 calories, 8 grams of fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce portion. That is only 26 calories, 5 grams fat and 1 gram saturated fat more than 3 ounces of chicken breast. But with slightly more calories and fat come huge culinary advantages: that little bit of extra fat helps keep chicken thighs tender, so they can simmer away in a ramen soup with bok choy without drying out. Plus dark meat has more flavor than light, so it goes with bold ingredients like hot sauce and blue cheese in a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Chicken thighs contain more iron than breast meat and more than twice as much immune-boosting zinc. And if that weren’t enough, they’re cheaper, too, costing about $3.50 per pound compared to $6 for breast. You won’t regret turning to the dark side.

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Easy Miso-Chicken RamenEasy Miso-Chicken Ramen
Warm up a chilly evening with this healthy chicken-and-vegetable ramen noodle bowl recipe. For a little spice, top with hot sauce, such as Sriracha. Look for dried curly Chinese-style noodles near other Asian ingredients in most well-stocked supermarkets. For a substitute, try whole-wheat angel hair pasta and cook for a few minutes longer.



Chicken Thighs with Couscous & KaleChicken Thighs with Couscous & Kale
One-pot meals, like this all-in-one chicken thigh, kale and Israeli couscous recipe, are perfect for nights when you want to keep cleanup to a minimum. Look for Israeli couscous—small pearl-shaped pasta made from semolina flour—near other Middle Eastern dry goods in well-stocked supermarkets or specialty-foods stores.



Buffalo Chicken SandwichBuffalo Chicken Sandwich
This healthy Buffalo chicken sandwich recipe takes the traditional accompaniments to Buffalo chicken wings—carrots, celery and blue cheese dip—and turns them into a crunchy slaw to top the sandwich.



Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Mushroom Marsala SauceProsciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce
This crispy prosciutto-wrapped chicken thigh recipe makes a tasty meal when served with steamed green beans and mashed potatoes to soak up the sauce.



TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Food Blog, Budget meals, Dinner, Family meals, Quick meals, Recipe Makeover

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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