Summertime and grillin’ are super easy (and delicious) with this recipe for juicy grilled chicken thighs!

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are tossed in a simple yet delicious marinade making them extra juicy and yummy.

Best of all, most of the ingredients are probably already on hand. Simply mix, marinate, and grill!

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Perfectly Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • Chicken thighs are extra juicy cooked on the grill.
  • Adding a chicken marinade makes them extra tender and adds tons of flavor.
  • It takes just minutes to prep the marinade and then only about 10-15 minutes to grill (of course time for marinating in between too). Easy peasy!
  • Grill chicken thighs on a gas or charcoal grill.

Ingredients

Chicken – This recipe uses boneless skinless thighs, but bone-in/skin-on thighs will work great too! (If using bone-in chicken, the cook time and method will change, I would suggest following the method in my bbq chicken recipe).

Marinade – Simple ingredients like vinegar, mustard, and soy sauce make up the base for the marinade.

As long as you have oil, sweetness, acid, and a bit of bold flavor, ingredients can easily be substituted. Switch it up by using ketchup, lemon or lime juice, paprika, garlic cloves, or even Italian dressing! Make a signature marinade and sauce!

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How to Grill Chicken Thighs

This marinade comes together in a snap:

  1. Whisk marinade ingredients in a bowl or shake them up in a zippered bag.
  2. Add chicken and marinate in the refrigerator up to 4 hours, but at least 30 minutes.
  3. Grill the thighs over direct heat for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side (per the recipe below).

Serve with grilled veggies, grilled corn, and potato salad. Even garlic bread can be cooked on the grill!

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Tips for Grilling Thighs

  • Boneless thighs are thin and cook a bit quicker than grilled chicken breasts.
  • Grease the grill grates by rubbing with an oiled paper towel.
  • It’s best to cook thighs at medium-high heat over direct heat, making sure to rotate the thighs in and around the “hot spots” on the grill.
  • If the chicken sticks when you try to flip it, leave it a minute or two more.
  • Look for a caramelized, golden brown color all around (and a temperature of 165°F in the thickest part with a meat thermometer).

How to Store Leftovers

  • This chicken thighs recipe makes great leftovers. Tuck them into a wrap or even on a bun or over a salad.
  • Keep grilled chicken thighs in a zippered bag or airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
  • To reheat, just microwave for a minute or two or reheat in the air fryer with a bit of bbq sauce.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs

These grilled chicken thighs are juicy & flavorful, perfect for a backyard BBQ!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary slightly crushed
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions 

  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl or a freezer bag. Mix well.
  • Add chicken thighs and allow to marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs and cook 5-7 minutes per side or until chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Rest 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
Reheat on the grill or in the microwave until heated through. 
Be sure internal temperature of chicken thighs reach 165°F. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 385 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Really delicious and an easy marinade. I used bone-in and skin-on thighs over high heat coals. I did two minutes on each side and then flipped. Then do that again -total of four min each side to sear thighs. Be careful not to burn them. Then move thighs to indirect heat for 30 min. Baste thighs anywhere in cooking process with remaining marinade. Check for doneness and serve.5 stars

  2. Delish & made double… great leftover & even used some cut up in burritos with mango salsa. Will make again & again.5 stars

  3. Decided to ty it on chicken wings instead, only because I had thawed some wings already.
    Marinated all day and the put on the grill for supper. They were delicious and will be made again
    Thanks5 stars

  4. This was SO DELICIOUS!!! I marinated the chicken thighs overnight and cooked them in the air fryer (I don’t have an outdoor grill and didn’t want to deal with stovetop splatter), and they turned out perfectly browned with the charred edges. So good! This recipe has been saved to my “Recipes to Keep” bookmark which currently number about a handful from all the different cooking websites I’ve been trying. Thank you very much for a marinade that I’ll use again and again!5 stars

  5. Followed marinade recipe exactly and am really happy with the finished product! Thank you!5 stars

  6. Oh my gosh, Holly, we made these chicken thighs tonight on the grill and they were AAAAMAZING! Thank you so much for the recipe! ❤️

  7. These were amazing ! Only had about half hour to marinate, then on the grill to sear the outsides a bit, then turned off the flame below the chicken, but left the other flames on, and let them ‘bake’ in the BBQ. So tender and moist !5 stars

  8. This will now be my go to marinade for chicken. I often struggle to come up with something quick and easy that isn’t a casserole. It was delicious! I did use a balsamic glaze instead of balsamic vinegar only because I could not find my vinegar or I’m out. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  9. I didn’t have lemon pepper seasoning so I used a lemon balsamic vinegar that I had. I grilled them in my new Ninja grill for 13 minutes, turned half-way thru. Delicious!!5 stars

  10. I made this marinade for our chicken tonight! So great! I didn’t have lemon pepper, but I did have Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning Blend, I subbed that. We will for sure make this marinade again.5 stars