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Why You Should Avoid Cooking Chicken Thighs With High Heat
By HALDAN KIRSCH
Most consumers favor chicken breasts because chicken thighs take longer to cook and are seen as less healthy than "white meat." However, the slightly fattier chicken thighs are one of the most flavorful parts of the bird, and a slower cooking time gives you more control — just don't cheat and cook the thighs over high heat.
While chicken thighs are more versatile and forgiving than chicken breasts, and many eaters consider the skin on the thighs to be the best part, this skin browns and burns relatively easily. Cooking chicken thighs at a high temperature can quickly result in a burnt exterior while the interior remains undercooked.
Allrecipes recommends adding chicken thighs to a pan that has not been preheated and letting them slowly cook over medium-high heat. Some cuts of dark meat, including whole chicken thighs, also contain more connective tissue and collagen, which means that the longer and slower the meat is cooked, the more tender it will be.