30 Grilled Chicken Thigh Recipes
Juicy, tender, and full of flavor, chicken thighs — whether boneless or bone-in — are an excellent choice for the grill. Toss your favorite vegetables on the grill alongside them and you have a quick and easy summertime meal. These recipes use flavorful marinades and seasoning rubs so dinner is never boring. Keep reading for 30 grilled chicken thigh recipes you'll want to make all grilling season long.
Delectable Marinated Chicken
"Husband called this the best chicken I've ever made. I have to agree. Do not skip the liquid smoke as that is the 'secret ingredient' in my opinion," says reviewer grillin_girl. Liquid smoke gives you that wood-smoked flavor without actually requiring you to cook with wood.
Grilled Chicken Thighs Tandoori
Tandoori chicken gets its name for the cylindrical clay oven that it was traditionally cooked in. However, you can achieve similar results at home using indirect heat on the grill.
Rusty Chicken Thighs
The sweet-heat combination of Asian chile pepper sauce and maple syrup gives these chicken thighs a truly unique flavor.
Grilled Chicken Adobo
"This is a very tasty and easy-to-make Filipino chicken dish made with soy sauce, garlic, and vinegar," says recipe creator HEART-OF-MIDLOTHIAN. "I can just as easily double or triple the chicken in this recipe to serve guests at a party. Serve over rice with just a little of the sauce (not too much)."
Asian Grilled Chicken
These Asian-inspired chicken thighs are marinated in a well-balanced combination of Thai-style sweet chili sauce, chili-garlic sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and curry powder.
Turkish Chicken Kebabs
"I'd like to think that all the chicken coming off American grills this summer will be as tasty, juicy, and tender as these Turkish chicken kebabs," says Chef John. "By using a flavorful, yogurt-based marinade, like the one seen herein, even inexperienced grillers can produce impressive results."
Big Al's Chicken
Using ingredients you likely already have on hand, you can marinate the chicken overnight and cook it on the grill in just a matter of minutes. Reviewer BIZS450 says, "EXCELLENT recipe... the combination of simple spices is very complimentary to chicken and it keeps the meat moist."
Lime-Tarragon Grilled Chicken
Zesty lime and sweet tarragon come together to create a bright and fresh flavor that's perfect for summer. Reviewer WIMANA suggests adding some of the marinade to a side of rice to make it a meal: "I added some of the juice from the marinade to my rice cooker for a flavorful rice dish."
Jamaican Jerked Chicken
There are many takes on jerk chicken, but the important thing is that it's marinated overnight in a flavorful blend of juices and spices, as in this recipe.
Chicken Satay with Homemade Peanut Sauce
Factory Workers Chicken
Don't let the short ingredient list fool you, these grilled chicken thighs are PACKED with flavor. All that's required are chicken thighs, Italian dressing, and salsa.
Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
Copycat Chipotle® Chicken
Grilled Chicken Spiedies
"The term 'spiedie' (SPEE-dee) comes from 'spiedo,' the Italian word for spit, and simply refers to meat grilled on a skewer," says Chef John. "This incredibly delicious sandwich, invented in central New York by an Italian immigrant named Camillo Iacovelli, breaks all the accepted rules regarding marinating meats, and not only does it work, it's amazing!"
Laotian Grilled Chicken (Ping Gai)
Ping gai is Laotian for grilled chicken, but according to Chef John, this recipe originated from the Queen Mother Cafe in Toronto, so North-Americanization is possible: "But rest assured, this is at least twice as good as your average grilled chicken, North American or otherwise. Generous amounts of freshly ground pepper and chopped cilantro are the main players in the marinade, while a sweet, garlicky dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment."
Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Thighs
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Skewers with Miso Ranch
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
Thai-Inspired Grilled Chicken Thighs
Lime-Ginger Chicken Kabobs with Peanut Sauce
Spicy Korean Chicken
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Mango-Ancho Sauce
Spicy Honey-Lime Chicken Thigh Kebabs
Juicy, colorful, and full of fresh summer flavor, these kabobs get a kick of heat from the Sriarcha and a touch of sweetness from the honey.
Baja Grilled Chicken Tacos
Although chicken breasts are usually reserved for tacos, this recipe uses thighs instead because they don't dry out as quickly, making them ideal for serving to a crowd.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peach and Cherry Salsa
Put two of summer's favorite fruits on display with this fresh peach and cherry salsa served overtop grilled chicken thighs. "We wait all year for fresh stone fruit, so take advantage of the abundance and dish up a slightly different take on salsa," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Bibi.
Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Chicken
This yogurt-based marinade keeps moisture and flavor (like that of the cilantro, lemon juice, and spices) locked in.