Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Buffalo chicken thighs, the answer to your weeknight dinner woes! These flavorful, budget-friendly beauties are so easy to make – let your oven work its magic on a sheet pan and voila! Dinner is served (and prepped for the week if you’re smart)! This meal is a gluten free, dairy free, one-pan wonder that is also low-carb. Even beginner chefs can make it! So ditch the takeout menus and frozen dinners – these buffalo chicken thighs are about to become your new favorite way to enjoy juicy and flavorful chicken.

Why You’ll Love This Meal

It is so easy to make and even beginners can make it!

This buffalo chicken thigh meal is delicious and packed with flavor.

This meal can easily be made gluten free and dairy free.

It is easily customizable!

This meal is family-friendly!

It is perfect for lunch, dinner or meal prep!

This meal is made on one pan for easy clean up.

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this recipe is a sheet pan, knife and cutting board.

Ingredients Needed

Chicken Thighs: I used boneless chicken thighs here, but feel free to also use bone-in chicken thighs. I try to use high-quality and organic chicken whenever I can. My favorite place to get my meat and fish is Butcher Box because they have organic and high-quality options and it gets delivered right to your door! 

Chickpeas: Chickpeas are packed with nutrients and an amazing choice to pair with buffalo chicken thighs!

Onion: When roasted, onions undergo a magical transformation. Their natural sugars caramelize, creating a deep, mellow sweetness that complements savory main courses like chicken.

Broccoli: I used frozen broccoli here for a shortcut! Broccoli is a prebiotic paradise, teeming with fiber that nourishes your gut bacteria. This promotes a healthy gut microbiome, essential for digestion, nutrient absorption and even mood regulation.

Buffalo Sauce: I used a gluten free and dairy free buffalo sauce here, but feel free to use any kind of buffalo sauce you prefer. I love ordering all of my staples from Thrive Market because they have great prices and they deliver right to your doorstep. If you use my link, you can get 40% off your first order.

Garlic Salt: My favorite garlic salt is Redmond’s Real Salt because it is high-quality and made with zero fillers. If you use my discount code LESSWITHLAUR you can get 15% off Redmond’s website

Oil: I used avocado oil here!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F and gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Chop onion. Place onion, drained and rinsed chickpeas, broccoli and chicken thighs on baking sheet.

Step 3: Top chicken with buffalo sauce. Sprinkle sheet pan with garlic salt and drizzle with oil.

Step 4: Bake for 35 minutes, or until fully cooked (check with a meat thermometer). Option to broil at the end to crisp up the chickpeas!

Storage

Let it cool completely. This prevents moisture from building up and making the chicken soggy. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Consume within 3-4 days! These buffalo chicken thighs are great for lunch meal prep.

Variations

These buffalo chicken thighs are so easily customizable!

Feel free to mix up the vegetables you pair your chicken thighs with. Try out asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers and more!

Add additional spices, like red pepper flakes and paprika, if you are looking for more flavor and spice!

Recipe FAQ

Can I make these in the air fryer?

Yes! You can definitely make buffalo chicken thighs in the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F . Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer in the basket, leaving space between them for even airflow. Cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown.

Can I make these whole 30 or keto?

Yes! You will need to make sure your buffalo sauce is whole30 or keto compliant.

Will this work with bone-in chicken thighs? 

Yes! Feel free to swap in bone-in chicken thighs instead of boneless.

How do you get the most flavor out of chicken thighs?

I think adding buffalo sauce is a great way to make them super flavorful!

Do chicken thighs get more tender the longer you cook them?

It depends! While longer cooking times can indeed make chicken thighs more tender, there’s a sweet spot to aim for and potential pitfalls to avoid. Pushing past the 165°F mark can backfire. While the collagen continues to break down, the muscle fibers eventually start to dry out, making the chicken tough and rubbery.

What is Buffalo style chicken?

Buffalo style chicken is a fiery, flavor-packed dish with a combination of spicy, tangy and savory notes. It’s typically made with boneless, skinless chicken that’s coated in a buttery, vinegary hot sauce and then cooked until crispy and tender.

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Blueberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bake

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Dairy Free Egg Bake

Nourish Bowl

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

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Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Buffalo chicken thighs, the answer to your weeknight dinner woes! These flavorful, budget-friendly beauties are so easy to make – let your oven work its magic on a sheet pan and voila! Dinner is served (and prepped for the week if you're smart)!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Lunch Ideas, Main Course, Mains
Keyword: buffalo, meal prep, sheet pan
Servings: 4
Calories: 679kcal

Equipment

  • 1 sheet pan
  • 1 knife
  • 1 cutting board

Ingredients

  • 2 packages chicken thighs
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 3 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • dash garlic salt
  • 1 tsp oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and gather your ingredients.
  • Chop onion. Place onion, drained and rinsed chickpeas, broccoli and chicken thighs on baking sheet.
  • Top chicken with buffalo sauce. Sprinkle sheet pan with garlic salt and drizzle with oil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until fully cooked (check with a meat thermometer). Option to broil at the end to crisp up the chickpeas!

Nutrition

Calories: 679kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 277mg | Sodium: 1167mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 647IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg
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