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The BEST Grilled Chicken Thighs

Whether you’ve been grilling for years or are new to grilling, you’ll love this super simple and goof-proof approach to grilled chicken! Few ingredients, very little prep time, and an absolute succulent, tender, perfectly crispy charred result, these are truly the best grilled chicken thighs!

The BEST Grilled Chicken recipe! An easy go-to goof-proof method for grilling chicken.

Seasoned grillers, grilling newbies, all skill levels in between, chicken lovers, everyone who loves a char grilled crispy bit, let us unite in our mutual love for grill marks and delight in this insanely simple yet incredible approach to finger lickin’ GREAT grilled chicken!

This may just be the only grilled chicken thigh recipe you’ll ever need!

The ingredients? You probably already have them. The prep time? Minimal. The difficulty? Not!

Let’s dive right into this incredible situation, as we have a lot of grilling to do!

Easy, amazing Grilled Chicken Thighs that win every time!

Ingredients for The Best Grilled Chicken Marinade:

Here are the ingredients for my favorite grilled chicken thigh marinade: avocado oil, lemon juice, liquid aminos, garlic, pure maple syrup, dijon mustard, onion powder, paprika, sea salt, black pepper. 

This combination of flavors yields an all-the-flavors marinade. Tangy, slightly sweet, rich, well-seasoned…it’s all there! 

Feel free to use creative license here, incorporating your own favorite flavors. My Best Steak Marinade recipe works marvelously on chicken too!

The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe - easy to make and loaded with flavor!

What Type of Chicken to Use:

I use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which always yield a crazy flavorful result. The chicken is tender, the skin is crispy, and the whole experience just makes your mouth happy. You can swap for drumsticks or wings as well!

Want to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs? No problem! They take less grill time than bone-in thighs, and a lower temperature. Sear the thighs for 2 to 3 minutes per side before moving them to indirect heat and covering the grill.

Can you use boneless chicken breasts? Absolutely. If you use chicken breasts, add an additional 2 tablespoons of avocado oil to the marinade and grill at 400 degrees instead of 450. 

Mouth-watering delicious Grilled Chicken Recipe that turns out perfectly each and every time!

How to Make The BEST Grilled Chicken:

Add all of the ingredients to a large zip lock bag.

Seal the bag and shake it around until the chicken thighs are well-coated in oil and seasoning.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, ideally 8.

If you use a gas grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 450 degrees F).

If you use a charcoal grill: Prepare your coals in a charcoal chimney to heat the coals quickly. Once the coals are hot, arrange them either in the very center of the grill or off to one side (below the grill grate of course), so that there is a “cool” part of the grill where you can cook on indirect heat. If you don’t have a charcoal chimney, arrange the coals in a pile on one side of the grill.

Place the chicken thighs on the grill grate over direct heat (the hottest part of the grill) and grill for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the skin turns golden brown. Flip and sear on the other side for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden-brown as well.

Move chicken pieces to unlit side of grill (indirect heat) and cover the grill. Cook, flipping occasionally, until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Use tongs to transfer the chicken to a cookie sheet or plate. Let chicken rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving. This allows the juices in the chicken to distribute throughout the meat, producing an even more tender result.

Serve with your choice of side dishes and enjoy!

And repeat!

Easy Grilled Chicken Recipe that turns out so dreamy each and every time! Few ingredients, hardly any prep or cook time!

Side dish suggestions? In addition to my Mayo-Free Pea Salad, here are some of my favorite summer sides for serving with grilled meat.

Summer Side Dishes:

Also check out my Grilled Chicken Kabobs and my Orange Ginger Grilled Chicken for some more grilling inspiration!

Grilled Chicken makes for a delicious main entree every time! This easy recipe is loved by all!

Grill it up!

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ to 4 lbs bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or brown sugar, optional
  • 1 Tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce, optional
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large zip lock bag. Seal the bag and shake it around until the chicken thighs are well-coated in oil and seasoning. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, ideally 8.
  2. If you use a gas grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 450 degrees F).
  3. If you use a charcoal grill: Prepare your coals in a charcoal chimney to heat the coals quickly. Once the coals are hot, arrange them either in the very center of the grill or off to one side (below the grill grate of course), so that there is a “cool” part of the grill where you can cook on indirect heat. If you don’t have a charcoal chimney, arrange the coals in a pile on one side of the grill.
  4. Place the chicken thighs on the grill grate skin-side down over direct heat (the hottest part of the grill) and grill for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the skin turns golden brown. Flip and sear on the other side for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden-brown as well.
  5. Move chicken pieces to unlit side of grill (indirect heat) and cover the grill. Cook, flipping occasionally, until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  6. Use tongs to transfer the chicken to a cookie sheet or plate. Let chicken rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving. This allows the juices in the chicken to distribute throughout the meat, producing an even more tender result.
  7. Serve with your choice of side dishes and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield 8

Serving Size 1 of 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories 206Total Fat 7gCarbohydrates 2gFiber 2gProtein 39g

Mouth-watering delicious Grilled Chicken Recipe that turns out perfectly each and every time!

Source
The BEST Grilled Chicken Thighs is written by Julia for www.theroastedroot.net

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