Grilled Chicken Thighs (Easy Marinade!)

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!

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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

  • 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. 

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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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