Crockpot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs

Crock Pot  Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs

Crockpot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs are rich and creamy that you will not believe how easy it is to prepare.

Let your slow cooker or crockpot do all the cooking to have a delicious dinner ready and waiting.

Italian Cuisine

Italian cuisine is much like their spoken language. How so?

Well, there is a national language that every region speaks but every region has their own dialect that they speak between one another.

And you can see this same phenomenon in Italian cooking.

Each region has their own style of preparing food – specific dishes and ingredients that they are best known for, yet there are basic ingredients such as pasta, cheese and olive oil that all of Italy uses.

Tucson Region Cooking

The Tuscan Region prepares typical dishes that are based upon what Tuscans find fresh and local at the farmers market that week, making them often very easy to prepare and involving few ingredients.

Tuscan cuisine is famous and appreciated all over the world because of its use of fresh, natural and genuine ingredients.

And that’s what you’ll find here with our Crockpot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs.

Get Your Crockpot Ready

Pan butter seared chicken thighs in a garlic parmesan cream sauce or Alfredo sauce mixed with sun dried tomatoes and spinach.

This dish is made in a crock pot or slow cooker in under 4 hours on low. It’s full of Flavor, flavor, flavor!

Unlike the usual Tuscan chicken recipes, there’s no need to coat chicken thighs in flour.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs

Instead, you’ll season them with Italian seasoning. A mix of oregano, marjoram, basil, thyme, rosemary and sage.

You could add some smoky, sweet, mild or spicy paprika. Or a pinch of cayenne for some heat if you like.

Crockpot Creamy Tucson Chicken Thighs

2 Tablespoon butter

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 cup sun dried tomato strips, cut into thin strips

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning, divided

1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

1 stick butter

2 cups Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 cup heavy cream

Trim any fat from thighs. Season on both sides with 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning.

Place a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt.

Next add the seasoned chicken thighs. Cook each side about 3 – 5 minutes until browned, turning only once during cooking time. Place the thighs in a 4 quart crockpot.

Make the Alfredo sauce in a medium sauce pan. Melt the butter in the saucepan.

Next add the cream and simmer about 5 minutes until it begins to thicken. 

Add the Parmesan Cheese, stir until it’s melted, remove from the heat and set aside.


To the Alfredo Sauce, add the sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning until thoroughly combined.

Pour the mixture over the chicken thighs in the crockpot. Cover and cook on low heat 4 hours or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

Stir in the fresh chopped spinach, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and cook another five more minutes.

Remove from the crockpot and serve with a dish of orzo pasta or Italian style vegetables.

Orange Sauce Vegetable and Cashew Stir Fry with BBQ Sesame Ginger Chicken Thighs

The flavors of the orange and ginger complement each other in this vegetable stir-fry with orange sauce and BBQ sesame ginger chicken thighs.

Chicken thighs are a favorite cut of dark meat for those who love to cook, due to the thighs flavor and tenderness.

Because dark meat contains more tendons, chicken thighs are a tough cut, but because they contain more fat than white meat, they are more tender and juicy.

Read more here about chicken thighs here in our article: Cooking With Chicken Thighs

Preparing The Marinated Chicken Thighs

Marinate the thighs in sesame ginger sauce for about 30 minutes.


Read more here about marinating meat: What are the Benefits of Marinating Meat


Prepare your bbq grill and place thighs on the cool grill. Close lid and allow to cook on one side for about 10 minutes, than flip and cook another 6 minutes or so.

After flipping the thighs, by this time the grill will be hot.

After chicken is done, dip thighs in sauce and return to grill to cook about 2-3 minutes more on each side. The meat should have shinny glaze appearance.

Sprinkle thighs after second flip with sesame seeds. Remove from grill and place in pan with prepare vegetables, cashews and orange sauce.

Preparing The Orange Sauce Vegetable and Cashew Stir Fry

If you have a side burner, start cooking the orange sauce, vegetables and cashews in a large pan over a medium-high flame when chicken thighs are about three fourths way done.

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinated in sesame ginger sauce

Orange Sauce

1 cup of Orange Juice

1 tbsp White Vinegar

1 tbsp Sugar

1 tbsp Honey

¼ tsp Salt

½ tsp Dark Soy Sauce

3 pcs Shallot

1 tsp Minced Garlic

½ tsp Minced Ginger

1 tbsp Corn Starch

2 tbsp Barbeque Sauce

2 tsp Sukiyaki Sauce

2 tsp Orange Marmalade

Place all ingredients in a large pan over medium high heat.

1 16 ounce bag frozen vegetables, your choice

1/3 cup cashews

Add partially thawed vegetables to orange sauce and sauté. Do not over cook the vegetables.

Add cashews and stir in. Turn off heat and top stir-fry with bbq chicken thighs.

Plate and serve.

Sesame Blood Orange Chicken

If you like crispy chicken and love the flavor of blood oranges, than you should give this chicken thigh recipe a try.

It’s coated in sesame seeds and baked until crispy then drenched in a sweet Asian inspired orange sauce.

And because blood oranges are in season, they were used in place of navel oranges.

As the name suggests, blood oranges are red in color, sometimes in splotches on the outside but definitely on the inside.

The concentration of the red inside depends on the particular type of orange and growing conditions.

Squeezing them is when you truly understand where the “blood” reference comes from, as the juice resembles the ruby red of a cranberry as opposed to the yellowish tone of regular orange juice.

The blood orange taste a lot like ordinary oranges only they’re slightly more bitter but less acidic.

Some types are actually sweeter than the average Navel or Valencia orange.

Blood oranges originated in Sicily and Spain and varieties include: Maltese, Moro, Sanguinelli, Scarlet Navel and Tarocco.

Nutritional Value Of Blood Oranges

Blood oranges contain a long list of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavanones, anthocyanins, and ascorbic acid, which help in reducing oxidative stress in the body, according to a published study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry .

Consuming these varieties of oranges increases vitamin C and zeaxanthin content in the body, helping to fight infections and improving overall health.

Blood oranges contain high amounts of Vitamin C. Up to 130% of the recommended daily amount.

The presence of vitamin C in blood oranges helps to prevent the risk of developing scurvy and reduce any other inflammation caused by oxidative stress, as published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine.

They also contain potassium, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, and fiber.

With their antioxidant properties, in particular one called anthocyanins, the oranges are said to be beneficial in lowering the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Sesame Blood Orange Chicken

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 cup tapioca or cornstarch

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons oil

ORANGE SAUCE

1/4 cup honey

Juice and zest from 2 oranges

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 -inch piece of ginger, grated with a Microplane or very finely minced

1 garlic clove, grated with a Microplane or very finely minced

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add the tapioca starch and the sesame seeds, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken.

Drizzle half the oil on the baking sheet then lay the chicken on top. If there are sesame seeds remaining in the bag, take them out and press them into the tops of the chicken. Drizzle with the remaining oil. Place the chicken into your oven and bake for 35 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium-high heat. Boil for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove the chicken from the oven and dip each piece in the sauce then set it back on the baking sheet. Turn your oven to broil and put the chicken back in the oven for 5 minutes.

Keep a close eye to make sure thighs do not burn.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs

Marinades are a fantastic way to add delicious flavor to any meat.

And these Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs are coated in a sweet and tangy marinade and then baked.

Marinated chicken thighs

They are super juicy with tons of flavor.

Chicken thighs are easier to cook. Even if they reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees, they’ll still be juicy.

Left over thigh meat when warmed is still juicy and tender as well.

With its unique sweet flavor, pure maple syrup can be used in both sweet and savory culinary applications.

It can be used as a replacement for other sweeteners in a variety of desserts and baked goods, such as pies and cakes.

French Dijon and grainy mustard It can even be used as an ingredient in a sweet and spicy sauce or marinade. Such as, a traditional Dijon and a grainy old style mustard.

About Maple Syrup

Scientists have identified over 67 different polyphenols (plant compounds), at which nine of of them are unique to pure maple syrup.

Polyphenols act as antioxidants, which neutralize harmful free radicals that can damage your body’s healthy cells and increase your risk for disease (Source).

Pure maple syrup Pure maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese, riboflavin, calcium, thiamin, potassium, and copper.

With the beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, maple syrup is a great sugar substitute when baking.

With the beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, maple syrup is a great sugar substitute in any recipe.

Though maple syrup matches the sweetness of cane sugar, the out come of your recipe can be affected, as the syrup’s consistency is much thinner than cane syrup.

Read more here: How To Use Maple Syrup in Baking

Facts About Mustard

As members of Brassica or Sinapis genera, mustard plants are a close relative to a variety of common vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, and cabbage.

When the Romans conquered the Gauls, they brought mustard seeds with them, and these seeds took root in the fertile soil of France’s Burgundy region.

By the 13th century, a city named Dijon had emerged and became the hub of mustard production, which laid the foundation for the invention of the region’s signature – Dijon mustard.

Mustard seed colors

Mustard Seed Colors

Crushed mustard seeds vary in color from a pale yellow to a dark brown depending on their variety.

The common and traditional color we see in the mustard we buy at the store is due to the addition of turmeric.

What Makes Mustard Spicy

By nature, mustard seeds are spicy.

When the seeds are crushed, an enzyme called myrosinase is released, creating a mustard oil.

The combination of crushed seeds and cold water results in a mustard oil that accounts for the heat or spiciness.

About 15 minutes of mixing the crushed seed with water, the spicy flavor quickly declines.

So an acidic element is added to the prepared mustard to delay or stop this decline.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs

Now that you know about the sweet and spicy in Maple Mustard Chicken – here’s the recipe.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Combine mustard, garlic, marjoram and maple syrup in a small bowl.

Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard mixture evenly on top of each chicken thigh, being careful to cover as much of the surface as possible to form a “crust.”

Maple Mustard Chicken

Arrange chicken in a glass baking dish.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until mustard mixture has formed a crust and is slightly hardened, and juices run clear when the chicken is pierced.

Cooking with Chicken Thighs

Chicken is the most popular type of poultry, and it is the second most consumed meat in the world.

Chicken has leaner meat than most other types of poultry, like goose or duck.

Chicken thighs are a favorite cut of dark meat poultry for those who love to cook, due to the thighs flavor and tenderness.

Because dark meat contains more tendons, chicken thighs are a tough cut, but because they contain more fat than white meat, they are more tender and juicy.

The abundance of connective tissue not only makes them flavorful, but also forgiving of longer cooking times unlike breast meat, which tends to dry out quickly.

Is Chicken Thigh Meat Healthy To Eat

Some chicken parts contain fat. The organ meats contain the most fat, followed by the thigh and leg meat, and then the breast meat.

Chicken thighs as we all know is brown meat, and so is the fat.

Brown fat is a type of fat that stores energy in a small space. It creates heat and burns calories.

Most of the fat in chicken thighs are unsaturated, making it a healthier cut of meat over other fatty options.

And your body needs a certain intake of fat every day in order to create energy.

Nutritional Value Of Thigh Meat

Thigh meat contains more vitamins and a full spectrum of minerals. The vitamins include most of the B-vitamins, with vitamin – A and E, and folate as well.

The serving of chicken thigh meat provides you with 30% of the daily value (DV) for niacin, 15% of the DV for phosphorus, vitamin B-6 and zinc and 10% of the DV for riboflavin.

You need niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 for turning the food you eat into energy and phosphorus and zinc for forming DNA.

On average, bone-in chicken thighs are about 6 ounces each, with about 3 to 4 ounces of edible meat.

Chicken thighs are an excellent source of protein. One serving of thigh meat, about 3 to 4 ounces contains around 14 grams of protein.

One medium chicken thigh with skin contains about 140 calories and 9 grams of fat. Where as, a skinless thigh contains 90 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Chicken skin can add delicious flavor and texture, though it can add fat and calories to the otherwise lean meat.

If you prefer your thigh with the bone in, but rather not eat the skin do to your concern about calories and fat, that’s okay.

You can reduce the calories and fat by removing the cooked skin before serving the meat.

A 2014 study by a Canadian research study group found that organic free-range chickens were lower in fat compared to caged chickens.

However, when the skin was removed there was no difference in fat content.

Chicken Skin Contains Large Amounts of Glycine

Collagen is good for the health of our skin. Our body produces collagen through the synthesis of amino acids.

The primary (non-essential) amino acid involved in Collagen synthesis is called glycine.

The most concentrated sources of glycine include meat cuts from near the bone, skin, and connective tissues of chicken meat.

Chicken thighs, including the skin, is one of the very best dietary sources of glycine. Per 100 grams of chicken thigh, there is a supply of approximately 1137 mg of glycine.

How Many Thighs Per Serving

When your cooking dinner, you always hope you make enough.

With chicken thighs, the meat on the bone can vary in weight.

Cooked and Platted Skinless Boneless Chicken Thighs

The average package of four chicken thighs will weigh approximately 1 1/2 pounds .

One chicken thigh will yield about 3 to 4 ounces of meat, without skin or bone. Therefore, count on big eaters having two thighs.

And for lighter meat eaters, including children, usually one chicken thigh per person should be enough.

Chicken thighs are easier to cook. Even if they reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees, they’ll still be juicy.

Left over thigh meat when warmed is still juicy and tender.

According to Taste Asian Food – Asian chef’s prefer chicken thigh over breast meat and they say that chicken thigh meat is the most common cut of chicken used in Asian recipes because the meat is juicier and more tender than chicken breast meat.

So on your next trip to the market, get a package of chicken thighs and give yourself a head start on dinner, as this versatile cut of meat is flavor-packed and delicious.

Read more here about chicken breasts: Enhance Your Chicken Breasts With These Simple Maneuvers

Garlic Thyme Chicken Thighs

Garlic Thyme Chicken ThighsGarlic has been used for many purposes other than food, throughout history.

  1. Homer mentions garlic in his famous Odyssey, saying that the deity Hermes, gave garlic to Odysseus as a protection against the goddess Circe‘s evil sorcery in which she turned men to swine.
  2. fresh grlic clovesDuring the Roman Empire garlic was a symbol of the common people, since no noble would debase himself by smelling of garlic.
  3.  Unfaithful Egyptian husbands relied on garlic’s unique “scented” properties, as they would chew a clove or two on their way home from visiting their mistresses, ensuring that a jealous wife would be unable to detect any stranger’s perfume.
  4. At the peak of  Egypt’s power over 4,00 years ago, garlic was given to the laborers and slaves who were building the great pyramids in order to increase their stamina and strength.
  5. Modern day Germany and Czechoslovakia both have an old Proverb that says, “A bite from a watch dog is much more cutting and painful if the dog has eaten garlic at the New year,” and another says, “Garlic is as good as ten mothers.”
  6. Garlic has been used to ward off vampire’s, so the legend goes, and during the medieval era when children went to play or work in the fields, cloves of garlic hung around their necks to protect them from the evil spells of the local witch.
  7. French priests of the Middle Ages used garlic to protect themselves against bubonic plague.
  8. During World War I, European soldiers prevented infection by putting garlic directly on their wounds.

After 6000 years of folklore, garlic has now come to be valued not only as a food source, but seen for it’s therapeutic benefits.

Such as an article in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry states saying that garlic taken in conjunction with whole grains appears to increase the body’s absorption of iron and zinc.

Over the centuries of human history, garlic has remained synonymous with eternal youth, health, vigor and vitality.

Our featured recipe has fresh garlic cloves, 20 to be exact. Here is what you will need to prepare – Garlic Thyme Chicken Thighs.

cast iron cooking with avocado oil

2 tablespoons avocado oil 

4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on

Himalayan salt

Black pepper

20 cloves garlic, separated and peeled, about two full heads

2 tablespoons gluten free multi-purpose flour

1 cup chicken broth

10 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, leaves removed and stems discarded

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Over medium high heat, in a cast iron skillet, heat the avocado oil .

chicken thighs seasoned with salt and pepperSeason the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper.

chicken thighs skin side down in a cast iron skillet

Cook the chicken thighs skin side down on medium-high heat until well browned, for about 5 minutes, then flip the chicken thighs skin side up and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the chicken thighs to a plate.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic to the same skillet, and cook, occasionally turning, until garlic starts to brown, 3 or 4 minutes.

partially cooked chicken thighs and gralic cloves in a cast iron skilletReturn the chicken to the cast iron skillet, cover with a lid (if the skillet has one) or aluminum foil, and place in oven for 15 minutes. 

Remove the pan from the oven and put it on a stove top. Have caution though removing the cast iron skillet, as the pan will be very hot.

cream sauce with thyme for Garlic Thyme Chicken ThighsRemove the chicken thighs, garlic, and all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan.

Over medium heat, whisk in the 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour with the oil in the pan.

Next, gradually whisk in the chicken broth and fresh thyme leaves for 1 or 2 minutes, until the sauce thickens.

Remove the pan from the heat, and season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Garlic Thyme Chicken ThighsAdd the roasted garlic and chicken thighs back to the pan. Serve with your favorite side dish, a salad, and enjoy.

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