Costco Boneless Chicken Thighs (Kirkland Signature) - Price + Tips

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Kirkland Signature Boneless Chicken Thighs

Costco sells their Kirkland Signature Boneless Chicken Thighs for $3.49 a pound. The chicken thighs can be found in the meat & seafood department near the salmon, beef, and lamb items.

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Kirkland Signature chicken thighs are sold boneless and skinless. They are typically sold in 7-9 pound packages. 

Check out our Costco Chicken Guide for more tips and information on all of Costco’s Chicken Products

Fresh or Frozen

At this time, Costco does not appear to be selling any frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs, and the only option is fresh chicken thighs from the meat and seafood department. 

Bone-in chicken thighs are available in the meat and seafood department for $1.29/pound. 

Frozen Boneless Chicken Thighs

Costco has in the past offered a 6.5-pound bag of frozen chicken thighs but seems to have discontinued the item sometime in 2020. 

Air Chilled

During the processing of chicken, the chicken meat will need to be cooled down to refrigeration temperatures. 

Most poultry farms will dip their chicken in a solution of salt water and other chemicals to bring down the temperature of the chicken. Costco’s Fresh Kirkland Signature Chicken does not use this method! 

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Costco uses the air chilled method which is essentially refrigerating the chicken until it hits the desired temperature. This helps the chicken retain its juiciness and its natural texture. 

Air chilled chicken is always the desired option if available.

Packaging

There normally isn’t a need to talk about chicken packaging, but Costco’s chicken packaging is quite unique and provides quite a few benefits.

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2 of the 6 Individual Pouches

Easy Cut Packaging

Costco’s fresh chicken is sold in large packages that can be broken down into 6 individual pouches. Each of the pouches can be easily torn or cut from one another.

This is great for separating Costco’s large packages of chicken into multiple meals, and the nicest part about it all is that the chicken can be frozen directly in that packaging.

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Chicken Thighs Frozen Directly in Costco's Packaging

Perfect for Freezing

You can come home from Costco and place the chicken directly in the freezer in its original packaging. Each pouch of chicken is vacuum sealed and leakproof. 

After many years of purchasing chicken from Costco, I have yet to experience a package that has torn or leaked.

Costco Cost Comparison

How Much Do Kirkland Signature Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Cost?

Unfortunately, the price of Costco’s chicken thighs has gone up recently from $2.99 per pound to $3.49. 

This is a huge increase of 14% or $0.50 per pound, which I guess was only a matter of time due to overall inflation.

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At $2.99, I considered Costco’s boneless chicken thighs to be of excellent value, but at $3.49/pound it’s just solid value. 

Each individual chicken thigh piece costs approximately $1.

All Costco Chicken Prices

ProductFreshAvg Package WeightFresh OrganicAvg Package WeightFrozenPackage Weight
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast$3.498.5 Pounds$5.996.5 Pounds$2.926.5 Pounds
Chicken Tenderloins$3.497 Pounds$5.99 6.5 Pounds$2.996 Pounds
Chicken Wings$2.998.5 Pounds$3.99 5 Pounds3.4910 Pounds
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs$3.498.5 Pounds$5.495 PoundsXX
Bone-In chicken Thighs$1.4911 Pounds$1.99 5 PoundsXX
Chicken Drumsticks$.999 Pounds$1.995 PoundsXX
Whole Chicken (2 Pack)$.9910 Pounds$2.4910 PoundsXX

This chart is updated monthly. If the price of chicken thighs changes, it will be reflected on the chart, but may not be reflected throughout this article. 

Costco vs The Competition

Walmart

Walmart sells their boneless chicken thighs for $3.49 a pound which is essentially the same price as Costcos. Their chicken, however, is not air chilled, and is packed in the typical styrofoam tray.

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Costco Boneless Chicken Thighs

Target

Target sells Tyson brand boneless skinless chicken thighs for $4.49/lb. 

This is considerably more expensive than Costco’s price while also not being air chilled.

Costco Provides The Best Value

Costco comes out ahead in price against most other retailers, and always comes out ahead in value. It’s hard to beat Costco chicken thighs.

Kirkland Signature Boneless Chicken Thigh Taste Test

No matter what way you cook chicken thighs, they are almost always going to be absolutely delicious. 

My preferred methods are on the grill, in the air fryer, or cooking them on a cast iron on the stove. All 3 of those options produce extremely tasty boneless chicken thighs.

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More Tasty than White Meat

Chicken thighs contain a fair amount of fat that really enhances the flavor. Dark meat in general is juicier, more tender, and more flavorful than white meat. 

I like that the fat adds some nice flavor without making the chicken too oily or fatty. 

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Air Fried Boneless Chicken Thighs

How to Cook Costco Boneless Chicken Thighs

Boneless chicken thighs are an extremely versatile protein that can be cooked using almost any method. 

I like to cook the Kirkland Signature chicken thighs on high heat to really sear up the outsides and keep the juices locked in. 

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Boneless chicken thighs are also very forgiving to cook because of the large amount of fat that is contained within. It is hard to mess them up!

Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • Preheat grill to 450°F 
  • Season Chicken Thigh to your taste
  • Lightly brush with cooking oil
  • Grill for 5 minutes and then flip
  • Remove chicken from grill when internal temperature hits 165°F

Oven Baked

  • Preheat Oven to 400°F
  • Season for taste
  • Place Kirkland Signature chicken thighs on baking pan
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until internal temperature hits 165°F.
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Stove Top

  • Heat pan over medium heat 
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Place boneless skinless  chicken thighs on a hot pan, and cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Flip and cook for 5 additional minutes or until internal temperature hits 165°F.

Air Fryer

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F
  • Brush chicken thigh with olive oil
  • Season to taste
  • Place chicken thighs in the air fryer and cook for 12 minutes.
  • Flip chicken thigh and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until internal temperature hits 165°F.

Costco Chicken Thigh Recipes & Serving Suggestions

Chicken thighs can be used as a protein source in almost any meal and goes great with a wide variety of sauces, seasonings, and flavors.  

Here are some of my favorite uses of Costco’s boneless chicken thighs.

Classic Chicken and Rice

This is one of my all time favorite dishes due to its simplicity as well as taste. Chicken thighs are great at taking on flavors, and rice is the perfect pair due to its ability to compliment the chicken.

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The image above is a chicken bowl rice plate with Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce, but you can add buffaloTeriyaki, BBQ, or any other sauces or seasonings. 

It’s hard to go wrong with a simple but tasty chicken and rice dish.

Chicken Pasta

Boneless Chicken thighs are amazing with pasta. Most people prefer to include chicken in non marinara sauce dishes. 

Chicken thighs are perfect with alfredo sauce or even mixed with just olive oil

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My wife went with a cheesy lemon pasta with broccoli and chicken. Her dish was light, refreshing, and perfect for lunchtime. 

Natasha’s Kitchen also has a great 
Creamy Cajun Chicken recipe that is so delicious. She uses chicken breast, but you can easily substitute in chicken thighs.

Additional Pairings

The chicken will pair well with a variety of other Costco items including the scalloped potatoesnaan bread, and pesto.

Chicken Thigh Nutritional Information

How Many Calories in Costco Chicken Thighs?

One serving of chicken thighs is going to be 4 ounces and contain 130 calories. The 130 calories are going to be made up of 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 22 grams of protein.

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This is an excellent nutritional profile as the protein to fat and carb ratio is fantastic. This isn’t the leanest chicken option available, as Costco’s chicken breasts will provide less fat, but also less flavor. 

Chicken thighs are a great balance of flavor and nutrition.

Costco Chicken Thigh Review
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Product Name: Kirkland Signature Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Product Description:
Price: ~$30
Quantity: ~7-8 Pounds
Location Within Costco: Meat & Seafood Department
Price Per Pound: $3.49

Summary

Costco’s chicken thighs are amazing. They are fairly priced, delicious, and easy to make. 

The chicken is air chilled and top notch. The portion sizes are great and the packaging is super convenient. 

I love Kirkland Signature boneless chicken thighs from Costco.

Overall
7.6/10
7.6/10
  • Value - 7/10
    7/10
  • Convenience - 8/10
    8/10
  • Taste - 8/10
    8/10
  • Nutrition - 8/10
    8/10
  • CFDB Score - 7/10
    7/10

Pros

  • Easy To Cook
  • Flavorful
  • Air Chilled
  • Super versatile

Cons

  • Price Increase ($3.49/Pound)

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