Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs for an easy dinner recipe! Chicken Thighs braised in wine, with a sun-dried tomato, creamy garlic sauce. For knock your socks off delicious dinner chicken thighs are it!
We need to cook with wine more often! This recipe is similar in technique to our Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs but different in taste and texture.
Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs for an easy dinner recipe!
Chicken Thighs braised in wine, with a sun-dried tomato, creamy garlic sauce is the best thing since sliced bread.
This is an easy recipe which results in a lip smacking chicken dish! Stove-top cooked chicken thighs which take less than 30 minutes to deliver the wow factor in a Tuscan inspired crowd pleaser.
For a grown up twist on your regular chicken dish, you have to try this ridiculously tasty chicken thigh recipe.
The creamy garlic sauce is thick and packed with flavour!
How about I answer your questions as we take a closer look at the recipe. (Read on, friends).
Are chicken thighs good for you?
Chicken is a high protein low carb food. It can be cooked in a variety of ways. Chicken in generally is considered better for you than red meat, however, it all comes down to how you prepare and cook the chicken thighs and what you serve them with. A fried chicken thigh is not as good for you as a steamed one, so you have to focus on portion control and balance.
Luckily I include the nutritional information on all of my recipes, so you will be able to read this and have a good idea about the calorie count for the dish (scroll to recipe to read).
There are definitely worse ways to cook chicken than this creamy garlic wine sauce! Trust me, that you won’t be too worried about your diet when you are scooping the sauce into a spoon and then into your mouth savoring every last drop!
Do chicken thighs have bones in them?
In a word, yes they do.
It is possible however, to purchase either bone in or boneless chicken thighs. This recipe for Chicken Thighs with Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce uses boneless chicken thighs. This is largely due to the fact that they cook more quickly than bone in chicken thighs.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t change the recipe too much, which ones you use. Some people don’t like cutting around the bone to get the meat. Others think that is one of the best parts of a chicken dinner. The meat will be tender and juicy regardless, so whilst the recipe suggests boneless chicken thighs, you can use either. Just remember to factor in an extra 5-10 minutes for bone in cooking.
What should I serve with chicken thighs?
There are 2 parts to this question. One is the way the chicken thighs are served, for example the creamy garlic wine sauce. The other is what to serve with the dish.
In determining what to serve as a side dish, it depends on what type of balanced meal you want. A lot of people like pairing chicken and rice and that works well as a combination. However, this recipe is a low-carb option and fits the keto diet. If you serve it with rice, you will increase the carbohydrates significantly.
Some further ideas you might like to explore for how to serve chicken thighs are sauce flavours.
You could try:
- Lemon pepper
- Peri Peri
- Sticky crispy skin
Some simple fresh spinach leaves bring a new texture to the dish and I would recommend something as simple as that when you don’t have a huge hunger or a lot of time. Just throw them on the plate, top it with your chicken, drizzle with sauce and serve.
What is the difference between chicken thighs and drumsticks?
Chicken Thighs are a different cut of meat to chicken drumsticks. Drumsticks always have a bone in them, however thighs can be boneless or bone in.
For inspiration, you can check out the recipe for Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks as it will give you an idea about how to cook drumsticks in the oven . Drumsticks are somewhat bigger, longer and denser than chicken thighs.
Once you have tried this recipe, you may want to make it again, but switch up the type of chicken for a bit of variety. That is easy to do.
In fact, you could try the creamy garlic wine sauce with:
- chicken drumsticks
- chicken breasts
The combination of flavours with the cream, garlic and wine compliments the chicken and you can be creative with your cooking!
How to cook chicken thighs in a pan
For this recipe, I recommend to cook the chicken thighs in a pan. This is because I wanted to show you how quick and easy it is to do that!
For a quick week night dish, throw these in the pan on the stove top, they will be ready in no time!
Whilst a hearty roast chicken can take a good hour to cook in the oven. These chicken thighs can be cooked in a pan on the stove top in 10 mins. After they are cooked, we reduce the temperature to a simmer to allow the sauce and juices to mix together.
You can use a griddle (as I have done), a skillet (flat saucepan that also can go in the oven) or a regular fry pan. The reason why griddles work well is that you are grilling the meat and not only does it result in tender juicy chicken, it also creates sear marks along the chicken meat which can be quite striking!
Creamy garlic wine sauce
Seriously you guys, this garlic, wine sauce is SO good! It is rich and creamy and such a contrast to a sticky chicken marinade.
The garlic cloves are simple to prepare. I cut each end of then peel the skin and that is it, they are ready to be added to the sauce.
I like to use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut my sun-dried tomato up before putting them in the sauce. This ensures they are in small pieces and are much easier to chew.
The sizzle of the wine as you are braising the chicken is sure to remind you that you are onto a good thing with this recipe.
The chicken thighs are cooked in a thick, rich creamy garlic wine sauce, resulting in juicy tender chicken which will melt in your mouth!
Chicken can be pan seared, roasted or fried
I think for quick easy dinners, it is often easier to use one pot for a recipe.
It can also be easier to use the stove top as it is quick to heat up and can simmer foods when they are cooked ready to serve.
Don’t be too alarmed if you hear me talk about a griddle or a skillet and you don’t have one.
For stove top cooking, the process is essentially the same, with the heat to cook the dish coming from underneath.
We are grilling the chicken thighs, but searing, pan-frying and using a cast iron skillet are all methods to do largely the same.
As the chicken cooks so quickly, I say stick to using the heat from the bottom method on a stove top and use whichever pans takes your fancy. You will be essentially doing the same thing even if the technical terms sound conflicting!
Recipe for grown-ups
I know I usually like to talk with you guys about family friendly dishes. The fact is with this one, the garlic and wine somewhat rules that out. The complexity of flavours is something little ones wouldn’t yet appreciate.
So save yourself some trouble and check out these family friendly dishes instead. (You can save the wine and garlic for date night, that sounds like it adult fun, doesn’t it!)
A couple of other easy pasta recipes that you may want to include in your weekly meal plan are:
- Tomato Spaghetti (recipe is here)
- Fiesta Tuna Pasta Bake (recipe is here)
- Beef Bean Pasta Bake (recipe is here)
- Tuna Spaghetti (recipe is here)
When the kids are away, let the blue cheese, garlic and wine be on your table!
About the recipe:
- The chicken thighs are best served hot
- Spoon the sauce over the chicken on individual plates
- Cook the chicken for 5 mins either side and then reduce to a simmer
- The recipe is cooked in pan on the stove top
- This a a low carb dinner
Your quick questions answered:
- You can freeze the chicken thighs after cooking
- The chicken thighs are skinless and bone less
- You can use chicken stock instead of the wine if preferred
- Option to add mushrooms, bacon and spinach to the sauce
- This is an EASY dish to make
Not so creamy
You might remember that in a the Fiesta Tuna Pasta Bake recipe, we talked about using greek yoghurt in the sauce.
If you like the idea of this recipe, but want to try to reduce your calorie intake, you can substitute greek yoghurt for the cream.
Greek yoghurt is a nice, light alternative to cream, you can substitute it if you wish!
Winner, winner chicken dinner
If you have been around the blog for a few recipes, you will know that there are a number of Chicken Recipes to be found.
You can locate them all in once place, by clicking here or, I have picked a few of my favourites below:
- Chicken Cacciatore (recipe is here)
- Chicken Cucumber Salad (recipe is here)
- Crispy Chicken BLT Salad (recipe is here)
- Baked Chicken Meatballs (recipe is here)
- Pimped Chicken Drumsticks (recipe is here)
Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs
Chicken Thighs with Creamy Garlic Wine Sauce
- 4 chicken thighs Note 1
- 140 grams sun-dried tomatoes Note 2
- 1 tsp oil from sun-dried tomato jar Note 3
- 6 garlic cloves peeled
- 200 ml sweet white wine Note 4
- 1 tsp Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp onion flakes
- 200 ml cream Note 5
Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs
- Add the sun-dried tomato olive oil to a skillet and place the chicken thighs into the pan, season with salt and pepper
- Add 1/2 of the wine to the pan (it will sizzle) and use this to braise the chicken thighs. Flip to other side after 5 minutes and add the remaining wine
- Drop the garlic cloves into the pan, add the sun-dried tomatoes, Italian herbs, onion flakes and cream. Stir to combine
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes
- Spoon the creamy garlic wine sauce over the chicken thighs to serve
- Note 1: I recommend boneless chicken thighs, but if you end up with bone in chicken thighs, they will be fine, cook for an extra 2 minutes each side. Test chicken is cooked with a skewer close to the bone and ensure juice runs clear. If still pink, cook for a little longer.
- Note 1A: Skinless chicken thighs will result in a lower calorie serving
- Note 2: you can get sun-dried tomatoes in a jar or fresh from the deli. The deli ones will be softer and less chewy. But they won't have the flavoured oil to use for the initial cook of the chicken. I recommend the jar sun type version
- Note 3: if you use fresh sun-dried tomatoes, use regular olive oil
- Note 4: I recommend Moscato. It is a sweet white wine and great to cook with.
- Note 5: I use thickened cream. This is different to dollop cream. It's consistency is like a thick shake. You can use either pouring or whipping cream otherwise called cooking cream.
If you came to the blog to look at this recipe today and cooking with Chicken Thighs has inspired you to get to it in your kitchen, I have some more ideas for you. If you are after general chicken recipes, I have those too.
Lucky, I am, to have some Aussie Food Blogger Friends who also LOVE to cook. It is great to see what they are doing in their kitchens and so I bring their recipes to you, my friend!
For a recipe using chicken thighs in a Chicken Pie, you can have a look at Sylvie’s Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie. That recipe can be found right here. It looks so tasty and delicious and is made from scratch with fresh ingredients. You are definitely going to want to check it out!
If Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs are your thing. Then head over to my friend Cassie’s Greek Chicken Traybake recipe. I have a feeling if the crispy skin doesn’t draw you in the greek lemon potatoes she recommends serving them with will!! The best thing about Cassie’s recipe is that she uses chicken thighs that have bone in and skin on. Her recipe will give you a really good idea about the differences between cooking bone in or boneless chicken thighs like we have talked about above.
Gavin is an Irish chap who now calls Australia home and makes a mean burger in his kitchen! Using his unique creativity Gavin has created a recipe for Fried Chicken Sliders using skinless and boneless chicken thighs. So using the same type of meat that we use in this dish, but in a completely different and original way. You are seriously going to want to eat that burger when you see it and you can grab his recipe right here (Ermagawd, YUM!!).
For the best, kid approved recipe using chicken thighs, you can have a look a Kylie’s Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Thighs. You are going to want to try this one for use in tacos, enchiladas, nachos and so many more recipes! Using your slow cooker to cook the chicken, before adding a simple and spicy sauce, you will be having Mexican every night of the week!! (Hola!!)
If there were ever 2 ingredients that held hands as they were cooked, it is chicken and bacon. Seriously a delicious combination that you will have a hard time sticking to your Sunday roast when you can make these mid week! Did I mention Lee-Ann’s recipe has stuffing in the Chicken Mini Roasts!! I know right, what a sensational idea. Now you can have your chicken, bacon and stuffing using boneless chicken thighs which will make you think twice about ever eating anywhere but your own kitchen again!
For a an easy and keto chicken thigh recipe, look no further than Megan’s Garlic Chicken Thighs. Rightly so, Megan indicates that meal times need to be fast. How good does garlic and butter sound in the pan with cumin seasoned chicken, pretty darn good, doesn’t it! Megan serves her keto chicken thighs with a simple salad which is the PERFECT pairing! You can have a look at her low carb recipe right here.
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If you enjoy chicken recipes for their ease and convenience, here are some more to try: