11 Must Try Asian Chicken Thigh Recipes

If you’re looking for Asian chicken thigh recipes that are healthy and packed with irresistible flavor, you came to the right place! Whether it’s teriyaki chicken, chicken satay, or chicken gratin, I’m sure you’ll find a favorite here.

These recipes are sugar-free, low carb and healthier than takeout.  They all include step-by-step instructions and images to ensure that cooking your favorite chicken dishes will be a breeze!

How do you cook Asian style chicken?

Most Asian style chicken are cooked in a wok or skillet, stir fried, and contains ingredients such a soy sauce, sesame and sesame oil, sweetener such as honey or sugar, cooking wine, and green onions to name a few.

What is the difference between chicken thighs and chicken breast?

Chicken breast and chicken thighs are both great sources of protein.

The breast meat is leaner and the texture is tougher.

Chicken thighs on the other hand have more fat and also a softer juicer texture.

What sides go well with Asian style chicken?

  • Rice – white rice, brown rice or for a healthier option choose cauliflower rice with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Vegetables – raw, grilled, boiled or steam.
  • Soup – egg drop soup, miso soup, tom yum soup.

Are there any special ingredients I need to make these Asian chicken recipes?

  • Soy sauce – low sodium is preferred to reduce sodium intake.
  • Ponzu – a citrus based soy sauce with a savory, tart flavor.  Frequently used in Japanese cooking. Can be found at Asian or Japanese supermarkets.
  • Japanese sake –  Japanese cooking sake is fairly inexpensive and can be found in most Asian supermarkets.  You can also substitute with dry sherry wine.
  • Sesame Oil – Asian cooking usually calls for toasted sesame oil not untoasted.
  • Green Onions – frequently diced and used for garnish

Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Cutlet

Japanese style chicken katsu cutlet served on a bed of lettuce with katsu sauce being poured over.

This easy Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Cutlet recipe comes out perfectly golden crispy without all the fuss of traditional oil frying! Your whole family will love this healthier air fried chicken cutlet recipe! > Take Me to the Recipe

Sesame Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy and easy to make sesame chicken stir fry recipe on a cast iron pan ready to serve.

This easy Sesame Chicken Stir Fry recipe is seasoned with a unique garlic butter, sliced onions sesame seed and jalapeño combo. It’s packed with protein and made with everyday ingredients you can find in your pantry right now! > Take Me to the Recipe

Japanese Wafu Pan Fried Chicken

Pan fried chicken thigh served over a bed of lettuce with Japanese style wafu dressing being poured over.

Pan fried chicken bites tossed in a citrusy soy sauce flavored wafu dressing and garnished with green onions. Perfect topped on a bed of lettuce for a healthy and insanely good meal.  > Take Me to the Recipe

Japanese Chicken Skewers – Yakitori Negima

Sugar-free Japanese chicken skewers yakitori negima recipe grilled and served on a black plate garnished with toasted sesame seeds.

Perfectly charred juicy chicken thighs skewered with green onions and brushed with a semi-sweet soy marinade. This Japanese classic is insanely good and impossible to resist.  > Take Me to the Recipe

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Healthy, low carb and sugar-free Asian style chicken satay being dipped into a peanut sauce.

Tender and juicy chicken satay marinated in wonderful spices and served with the most delicious peanut dipping sauce . Made easily and quickly in the air fryer for a delicious, healthy, sugar-free and low carb friendly. > Take Me to the Recipe

Japanese Chicken Gratin

Japanese style chicken gratin made with cauliflower rice and cream sauce served in a baking dish.

This rich and creamy Japanese Chicken Gratin recipe is a healthy, low carb alternative to the traditional version. Cauliflower rice, chicken and mushrooms are topped with a creamy white sauce, then topped with shredded cheese and baked until bubbly and melting. > Take Me to the Recipe

Hainan Chicken

Hainan chicken recipe using only steamed boneless chicken thigh served on a plate with dipping sauce.

This Hainan chicken recipe is a simplified version of the popular dish seen throughout Southeast Asia consisting of steamed or poached chicken along with a ginger dipping oil that compliments it perfectly. If you’re looking for the same great taste in a simplified version, this recipe is it! > Take Me to the Recipe

Teriyaki Chicken

Low carb and sugar-free homemade teriyaki chicken served on a bed of cabbage garnished with toasted sesame seeds.

Tender and juicy chicken topped with a sugar-free teriyaki sauce. This healthy teriyaki chicken recipe is irresistible and guilt-free.  > Take Me to the Recipe

Boiled Garlic Chicken

Asian style boiled chicken thigh recipe topped with green onions and chopped garlic being picked with a pair of chopsticks.

This easy boiled garlic chicken is a recipe for garlic lovers! It’s a simple dish that uses salt, black pepper and garlic to highlight and bring out the umami flavors naturally found in chicken! > Take Me to the Recipe

Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Naked Karaage

A healthy air fryer Japanese chicken karaage served on a plate with a wedge of lemon.

There’s no breading needed for this naked air fried Japanese Chicken Karaage! It’s crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and full of delicious flavor! Best of all it’s healthy, low carb and so easy to make! > Take Me to the Recipe

Korean BBQ Marinated Chicken

Healthy low carb and sugar-free Korean BBQ marinated chicken recipe served on a cast iron plate being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Sweet and savory marinated chicken grilled to perfection giving you that Korean barbeque flavor you all know and love. This recipe is a healthier sugar-free and absolutely a crowd pleaser. > Take Me to the Recipe

Hope you enjoy of these 11 Must Try Asian Chicken Thigh Recipes!

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