Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Thighs


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Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Thighs are the perfect partner for the barbecue. They are marinated in a sweet & flavorful marinade and cook up succulent and juicy every time.

These are the best-grilled chicken thighs to serve with grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes or grilled corn on the cob.

Grilled chicken thighs garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

This is a citrusy, Asian inspired marinade. For a different flavor, you could use lemon and/or lime juices instead of the orange juice, and Dijon mustard in place of the ketchup. The possibilities are endless!

  • Liquids: soy sauce, honey, ketchup, orange juice
  • Seasonings: green onions, garlic, ginger

There are plenty of other grilled chicken thigh marinades. A standard chicken marinade contains something acidic, oil, sugar and lots of flavor.

You can use a homemade Italian dressing (or bottled) or any other flavorful vinaigrette will work (such as lemon vinaigrette). Marinades are versatile and adaptable to your taste, so go ahead and experiment!

Two images showing teriyaki marinade ingredients being prepared.

How to Grill Chicken Thighs

Grilled boneless chicken thighs are perfect for barbecues, they are inexpensive, easy to grill and don’t require the oven (like with Oven Baked Chicken Breasts).

They hold up to the heat and flames without drying out, delivering satisfaction in every bite.

  1. Marinate chicken thighs a minimum of two hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill and discard marinade.
  3. Place thighs on the grill, starting with the smooth side.
  4. Flip when seared and after charred grill marks appear.

Remove when juices run clear and the meat is uniformly cooked to a minimum of 165°F. Toss with fresh green onions and sesame seeds for a beautiful presentation!

Chicken thighs marinating in a teriyaki marinade.

How Long to Grill

Grilled chicken thigh recipes recommend cooking to the minimum poultry-safe temperature of 165°F. Chicken thighs can actually be cooked to up to 180°F without drying out. Many think the higher temperature yields better tenderness and flavor too. Check the internal temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken.

  • If using a hot charcoal kettle-style grill, boneless chicken thighs will take about 10-13 minutes.
  • If using a gas grill, chicken thighs will cook in about 10-12 minutes on medium heat.

Teriyaki grilled chicken thighs garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Grilled Chicken Thighs are perfect for the grill. They cook up succulent and juicy, especially when soaked in this sweet Asian inspired marinade!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs
Marinade
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet rice wine optional

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Instructions

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Combine chicken and marinade ingredients in a bowl or freezer bag.
  3. Marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat grill to medium. Remove chicken from marinade and discard any marinade.
  5. Grill chicken thighs 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through and no pink remains (165°F).
Nutrition Information
Calories: 430, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 167mg, Sodium: 704mg, Potassium: 439mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 29g, Vitamin A: 5.2%, Vitamin C: 11.4%, Calcium: 1.8%, Iron: 8%

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

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