For those who are watching their weight but still desire a rich and flavorful chicken dish, give our healthy creamy chicken thigh recipe a go.
Our chefs sear the chicken thighs until the outer layer turns slightly crispy, yet the interior remains juicy and moist. Meanwhile, we add sautéed onion and mushrooms to the white cream sauce seasoned with thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Once the components are ready, we mingle them in one pan over low heat—the flavor and texture combination is a sure hit for your taste buds.
Make a quick drive to the nearest grocery store, and you’ll undoubtedly find all the ingredients: pasta, chicken thighs, vegetables, dairy, spices, and herbs.
Pasta: We stick to a classic pack of spaghetti for this recipe, but you can swap it with your favorite kind (linguine, fettuccine, pappardelle, etc.). If you are fond of a little fun project in the kitchen, grab a pasta maker and make your own from scratch.
Chicken: The leaner cuts like chicken breasts or tenderloins are not always the better choices as they get overcooked easily. Instead, we go for a more flavorful and forgiving option: skinless, bone-in chicken thighs.
Mushrooms: When it comes to sauce-making, the crucial element is flavor balance. Since we use fewer seasonings, white mushrooms help us achieve that by adding a layer of savoriness and earthiness to the white sauce.
White cream sauce: With caramelized onion, garlic, and white mushrooms as a flavor base, we combine all-purpose flour, heavy cream, whole milk, water, lemon juice, spices, and herbs to form a rich and aromatic sauce.
Is This Dish Healthy?
Who says dairy-rich dishes cannot fit into a healthy diet? Strictly following our nutrition guidelines, this creamy chicken thigh recipe is one of the exceptions.
Though the creamy mushroom sauce does call for heavy cream and whole milk, we’ve adjusted the amount to ensure the calorie count, level of saturated fat, and added sodium stay within the daily intake limits. Specifically, these figures are kept at 480 calories, 7.5 g, and around 582 mg per serving, respectively. White mushrooms also add a decent amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
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Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to the packaging instructions. Place the pasta in a colander over the sink, then rinse it under running water to prevent clumping.
Place the chicken thigh on a cutting board. Peel away and discard the skin. Use a sharpened knife to trim off any excess fat.
Slice away the stem of the white mushroom. Place it cut-side down on a cutting board, then cut it into 1/8-inch thick slices. Repeat this process with the remaining white mushrooms.
Cut the onion in half, peel away the skin, and trim one end. Lay the halved onion face down. Make vertical slices, 1/8 inch apart, such that you cut towards the root; leave about 1/8 inch at the end so the root stays intact. Turn the half 90 degrees and grip the root. Slice the onion horizontally, again leaving 1/8 inch at the end to keep the root intact. Slice the onion into small, even cubes. Discard the root.
Finely mince the peeled garlic.
Finely chop the fresh parsley.
Pan-sear the chicken thighs: Place a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. When the oil is hot, add 18 oz skinless, bone-in chicken thigh and sear each side of the chicken thigh for 3 minutes 30 seconds (7 minutes in total). Remove the chicken thighs from the heat.
Sauté the onion and garlic: In the same skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 2 oz diced onion, and 1/2 tsp thyme. Stir to carmelize for 2 minutes.
Add the white mushrooms: Add 8 oz sliced white mushrooms to the skillet and cook for another 4 minutes. Then add 1 tbsp all-purpose flour. Mix well for 30 seconds.
Combine the liquid and seasonings: Pour in 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup water, 5 tbsp heavy cream, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Stir occasionally for 30 seconds.
Incorporate the pan-seared chicken thighs: Turn to low heat, add the pan-seared chicken thighs to the creamy mushroom sauce and let them simmer for 5 more minutes.
Garnish and serve: Transfer your desired portion onto a serving plate. Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped parsley, and enjoy with 14 oz cooked spaghetti.
Creamy Chicken Thigh
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 485Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7.5g
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.9g
Vitamin A 522.6IU
Vitamin C 6.3mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
This is a quick and easy meal that's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
Luna, that looks really good! I'll have to give it a try