How to Microwave Chicken Thighs
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time9-10 mins
Cooking whole chicken thighs in the microwave is a great way to keep them juicy and flavorful. This method makes the chicken tender and delicious, perfect for serving with whole grains or a side of steamed veggies. The tasty stock that collects at the bottom of the dish is great for adding extra flavor to rice, creating a complete and aromatic dish with ease.
Missing that crispy skin? Fry up the cooked drumsticks in a hot pan, or finish under the broiler for added texture. You can also try finishing drumsticks over a hot grill for 1-2 minutes per side.This recipe calls for bone-in chicken thighs. Want to use boneless skinless thighs? You’ll want to lower the cooking time by 2-3 minutes depending on their size.
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All You Need to Know About Microwaving Chicken Thighs
How long does it take to cook chicken thighs in the microwave?
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It typically takes around 3-5 minutes to cook bone-in chicken thighs in the microwave. To tell when the chicken is cooked through, look for white (not pink) meat that is cooked through. The chicken should be juicy with no pink areas. You can also use a meat thermometer; make sure the inside of the chicken registers at least 165°F.
Can you cook frozen chicken thighs in the microwave?
Cooking chicken from frozen is very easy! Just make sure the pieces are broken apart and not stuck together in one block. When cooking from frozen, we always recommend lowering the power level. It adds a few extra minutes of cooking time, but it’s necessary to defrost and cook without drying out the meat.
When cooking chicken thighs from frozen, consider microwaving them in a flavorful sauce, such as a store-bought curry. When you store foods in the freezer, there’s always a chance that the meat has dried out. When simmering something flavorful, you won’t notice the difference!
Should you remove the chicken skin before cooking in the microwave?
You can keep the chicken skin on when cooking in the microwave if you enjoy the flavor and texture it adds to the dish. Many people find that leaving the skin on enhances the flavor of their chicken. Just know that to get the skin crispy, you will need to finish the chicken in the oven or on the stove!
Why do I need to pierce the surface of the chicken before cooking?
The cooking process makes the molecules of water in the chicken heat up very quickly. This creates steam vapor, which can make loud noises as it escapes the protein. Piercing the surface of the chicken with a fork all over will reduce this noise.
How to freeze cooked chicken?
To freeze microwaved chicken, first, cook the chicken as desired. Remove thigh meat from the bones and discard skins. Allow to cool completely and transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag in a single layer. Freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 months.