One Pan Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

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One of my favorite one-pan recipes is this country-style boneless chicken thighs in creamy garlic mushroom sauce. It’s cheap and easy to make on a budget. The recipe includes boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cream, herbs, mushrooms, and garlic cooked in just one pan.

Serve with creamy cauliflower mash or my super easy-to-make broccoli mash. This dish serves six and can also be stored in the fridge or freezer for meal prep.

Boneless chicken thighs with mushroom and garlic sauce in a cast iron frying pan.
Delicious chicken thighs in a cream garlic mushroom sauce.

This recipe is part of our chicken recipe collection where you’ll find our delicious and easy chicken curry and our mouthwater butter chicken recipe all made with boneless chicken thighs.

Why this dish is so good

  • Quick and easy. Everything is cooked in one pan and ready to eat in under 20 minutes.
  • Affordable. Chicken thighs are one of the cheapest cuts of meat you can buy; the rest of the ingredients are kitchen staples.
  • Versatile. You can mix up the ingredients, experiment with different herbs, or add vegetables such as spinach or broccoli to your liking.
  • Healthy. This recipe is super low-carb, loaded with healthy fats, and has a good serving of protein, making it perfect for keto and paleo diet lovers.
  • Meal prep. One pan chicken thighs is ideal for meal prep as it stores and reheats well, so you can take it to work or have it ready for a quick meal on the run.

Recipe ingredients

One pan chicken thigh ingredients. Garlic cloves, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, cracked pepper, salt, olive oil, boneless skinless chicken thighs, parmesan cheese, chicken stock, mushrooms, butter, and heavy cream.
One pan chicken thighs ingredients.
  • Seasoning. Rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, cracked pepper and salt.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Where available, try and buy organic free-range chicken. They’re a touch more expensive, but the chickens live a better life. Some people like to trim the thighs of fat. I don’t bother because I eat keto, but you can.
  • Olive oil. A mild extra virgin olive oil is perfect.
  • Butter. Salted grass-fed organic butter is best, but regular butter will work.
  • Garlic cloves. Fresh garlic cloves roughly chopped make all the difference in this recipe, though you can use minced garlic as a replacement.
  • Mushrooms. I use small button mushrooms sliced, but you can experiment with any mushroom of your preference.
  • Liquid chicken stock. I have used chicken stock in this recipe, but you can also use white wine; the alcohol will burn off.
  • Heavy Cream. It is also known as thickened cream, depending on where you are from.

How to make one pan chicken thighs with creamy garlic mushroom sauce.

I have included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. The full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities are on the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Important: What sets this recipe apart is charring the chicken over high heat and rough chopping the garlic. I want that woody, slightly burnt flavor. It’s not overwhelming but just right. Cooking on high is important to get that outside of the chicken thigh just how you want it, fast, without drying out the center.

Step 1 – Prep. Pat down the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove moisture. Mix the rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Coat the chicken thighs on both sides with the seasoning. Press the seasoning onto the chicken. Don’t rub.

Seasoning chickne thighs on a wooden chopping board.
Pat down and season the chicken thighs.

Step 2 – Sear. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan or skillet over high heat and cook in two batches of 3 chicken thighs each. I like the highest heat possible as I’m trying to get little bits of the chicken charred for that extra flavor. Once cooked on the outside to your liking, which will be 5 to 8 minutes on each side, remove the chicken thighs and set aside. Don’t worry if the thighs are not completely cooked through, as they will continue to cook in a later step.

Note: Chicken thigh is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F or 74°C or no longer pink in the center.

Searing chicken thighs in a frying pan.
Sear the chicken thighs until slightly charred.

Step 3 – Sauce. At this point, some people like to clean their pans, but not me. I like that charred flavor, so I add my butter straight to the used pan, still hot. Then, I add the chopped garlic so it gets a little crunch. After 1 minute of continuously moving it around the pan, I add the mushrooms and cook them until brown and slightly shrunk.

Once the mushrooms are brown, add the chicken stock and leave the heat high for 30 seconds to lift the flavors and bits off the pan, then reduce the heat to medium. Add the thickened cream, stir through, followed by the parmesan cheese, and simmer on low heat, constantly stirring the sauce.

Note: If you want a thicker sauce, you can halve the amount of chicken stock and replace it with the same amount of heavy cream. Alternatively, add more chicken stock (a little at a time) if you like a thinner sauce.

Garlic, mushrooms, cream and cheese sauce being cooked in a frying pan.
Making the creamy mushroom and garlic sauce.

Step 4 – Simmer. Once the parmesan cheese has fully melted, return the chicken to the pan and simmer until the chicken thighs are hot and have cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with parsley or chives and serve.

Boneless skinless chicken thighs with garlic and mushroom sauce in a frying pan.
Add the chicken thighs to the sauce, simmer, and then serve.

Flavor variations

This recipe is very adaptable to taste. It is delicious as it is, but for some variety, why not try some of these variations?

  • Add a little mustard or curry powder for a bit of bite.
  • Try adding spinach for color, flavor, and texture.
  • Want a sweeter taste? Try white wine in place of chicken stock.

How to store

Refrigerator: This dish will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, sealed in an airtight container.

Freezing: Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before reheating in a pot, pan, oven, or microwave.

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Keto One-Pan Chicken Thighs in Garlic Mushroom HEAVEN! (Skinless & Boneless)
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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between chicken thigh cutlets and chicken thigh fillets?

Chicken thigh cutlets still have the bone in, while chicken thigh fillets have the bone removed. Both can be skinless or still have the skin on.

Which is better, chicken breast or chicken thigh?

Chicken thighs are a fattier, more tender, and more juicy cut of meat than chicken breasts. Chicken breasts are more challenging to cook as there is little room for error to prevent them from becoming dry and hard to eat.

More recipes using chicken thighs

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One Pan Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs In Creamy Garlic Mushroom Sauce

One of my favorite one-pan recipes is this country-style boneless chicken thighs in creamy garlic mushroom sauce. It's cheap and easy to make on a budget. The recipe includes boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cream, herbs, mushrooms, and garlic cooked in just one pan.

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 432kcal
Author: Matt Dobson

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Ingredients

Chicken and seasoning

  • 750 g boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets 6 fillets
  • 1/2 tsp thyme dried
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary dried
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Sauce

  • 30 g salted butter two tablespoons
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 250 g button mushrooms sliced choose small sized mushrooms if you can.
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Pat down the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove moisture. Mix the rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Coat the chicken thighs on both sides with the seasoning. Press the seasoning onto the chicken. Don’t rub.
    750 g boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp cracked pepper, 1 tsp salt
  • Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan or skillet over high heat and cook in two batches of 3 chicken thighs each. I like the highest heat possible as I’m trying to get little bits of the chicken charred for that extra flavor. Once cooked on the outside to your liking, which will be 5 to 8 minutes on each side, remove the chicken thighs and set aside. Don’t worry if the thighs are not completely cooked through, as they will continue to cook in a later step.
    4 tbsp olive oil
  • At this point, some people like to clean their pans, but not me. I like that charred flavor, so I add my butter straight to the used pan, still hot. Then, I add the chopped garlic so it gets a little crunch. After 1 minute of continuously moving it around the pan, I add the mushrooms and cook them until brown and slightly shrunk.
    30 g salted butter, 4 cloves garlic, 250 g button mushrooms
  • Once the mushrooms are brown, add the chicken stock and leave the heat high for 30 seconds to lift the flavors and bits off the pan, then reduce the heat to medium. Add the cream, stir through, followed by the parmesan cheese, and simmer on low heat, constantly stirring the sauce.
    1 cup chicken stock, 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Once the parmesan cheese has fully melted, return the chicken to the pan and simmer until the chicken thighs are hot and have cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with parsley or chives and serve.

Notes

 
Important: What sets this recipe apart is charring the chicken over high heat and rough chopping the garlic. I want that woody, slightly burnt flavor. It’s not overwhelming but just right.
Note: Chicken thigh is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F or 74°C or no longer pink in the center.
Note: If you want a thicker sauce, you can halve the amount of chicken stock and replace it with the same amount of heavy cream. Alternatively, if you like a thinner sauce, add more chicken stock (a little at a time).
STORING
Refrigerator: This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days sealed in an airtight container.
Freezing: Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before reheating in a pot, pan, oven, or microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 200g | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 thoughts on “One Pan Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs”

    • Hi Ian, only that chicken thigh fillets with the skin on aren’t readily available where I’am, all boneless thighs are skinless as well. If they sell them where you are with the skin on by all means use them. Id prefer the skin on. You could debone whole chicken thighs also if you’re super keen.

      Cheers, Matt.

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