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.


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!

chicken in marinade before mixing to make Grilled Chicken Thighs

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!

close up of Grilled Chicken Thighs on a plate

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


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • 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


  • 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.


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. 
4.98 from 187 votes

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. I used my Instant Marinator (vacuum pressuer) so 30 mins was like we did it over night. Soooo tasty. I wouldn’t change a thing about your recipe however I used 1 drop of Rosemary essential oil (food grade) as I didn’t have dried rosemary. Truly one of the best marinades we’ve ever used.5 stars

  2. First time cooking chicken on the grill. turned out fabulous. Now my family wants it every week. Marinade is delicious. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you!!

  3. Delicious! Trim fat as much as you can. I let chicken marinate in fridge for about 1-1/2 days.5 stars

  4. Thank you for posting this recipe. I get compliments every time I make this BBQ chicken!! So moist and tasty!5 stars

  5. Spot on!

    The marinade makes some day-umn good grilled chicken. I made it exactly as-is, and won’t change a thing the next time around. Thanks much, this is a keeper.

  6. This marinade is so delicious! I grilled the thighs & then used them in a chopped salad.

  7. Hey Holly! I loved your article on Grilled Chicken Thighs. The recipe and step-by-step instructions were fantastic. I especially appreciated the marinade and the tip to let the chicken rest before serving. Thanks, Holly for sharing this recipe – I can’t wait to try it at my next BBQ! Keep up the great work!

    – Helen5 stars

  8. Wonderful marinade! I did triple it (for roughly the same amount of chicken) and I brushed what was remaining over the meat as it was grilling. Marinated for about an hour before cooking. Delicious!5 stars

  9. Made them yesterday for dinner!
    My family loved them ! Yum yum yummy!
    I will definitely make them again!
    Easy to make too !
    I love easy!!!

    Thank you Holly!5 stars

  10. I keep returning to your website for recipes and I am not disappointed. Used this marinade for drumsticks today and they came out really good. Thanks Holly!5 stars

  11. Great, easy recipe for everyone in the family. My son (5) said this was the best chicken he’s ever had! Thank you! We love your recipes!5 stars

  12. Can’t wait to try got mine marinating right now had to use lime juice instead of lemon pepper was out of that seasoning