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Pan Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe

Pan fried chicken thighs recipe! Learn how to cook chicken thighs on the stove top with this simple, quick and easy recipe that gives moist and flavorful chicken that can be served with side dishes like pasta, vegetables or grains.
This post also include directions for pan fried boneless chicken thighs.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British, Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 210 kcal


  • Skillet


  • 6 pieces Chicken thighs bone in or skinless, boneless
  • ½ tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper- black pepper or cayenne or to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoon Oil


  • Clean and pat the thighs dry with a paper towel.
    Add the chicken thighs into a bowl then add in paprika, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix till well combined and the thighs are evenly coated in the spice rub.
  • Place a large cast iron skillet or frying pan on the stove over a medium heat.Add oil into the pan then place the chicken thighs in the frying pan with the skin side down.
  • Pan fry for 8 minutes then turn to fry the other side for another 8 minutes.
  • Add in water, cover the pot and cook on low heat for 12 -15 minutes or till cooked and when checked pierced with a fork, the juice runs clear, and there's no blood or pinkiness in the middle.
    You can also check with a meat instant thermometer that the temperature is at least 75C/ 165F.
  • When you're sure it's well cooked, take off heat and serve.

Pan Fried Boneless Chicken Thighs

  • Pat chicken dry and season with parsley, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix till well combined.
  • Place a skillet on the stove on medium heat, then add in the oil.
  • Lay the chicken thighs in the skillet and pan fry for 6 minutes without moving them.
    Flip them over and cook the other side for another 6 minutes or till cooked and no pinkiness in the middle.
  • Take off stove, leave to rest for 3-5 minutes then serve.


  • Pat the chicken dry before applying the seasoning. 
  • You do not have to marinate the chicken however it's best to do so for 60 minutes or longer for the flavors to infuse into the chicken.
  • You can season with another type of seasonings like cajun seasoning, chicken seasoning, jerk seasoning, and others.
More tips and important information in the post body.


Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 29gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 372mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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