I'm going to show you how to make this incredibly simple and highly effective grilled chicken marinade. It's so perfect and juicy and flavorful. It's an overall gorgeous way to grill chicken.

Chef John
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Mash garlic to a paste with a mortar and pestle. Mix chile pepper sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, mayonnaise, and rice vinegar into garlic until marinade is thoroughly combined.

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  • Transfer chicken thighs to a large flat container (such as a baking dish) and pour marinade over chicken; stir until chicken is coated. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 3 hours; if preferred, let stand about 30 minutes at room temperature. Unwrap dish and sprinkle with salt.

  • Preheat charcoal grill to high heat.

  • Place chicken thighs onto the hot grill with smooth sides down. Cook until chicken shows grill marks, about 3 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook until other side shows grill marks, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook, moving them occasionally and turning over every 2 minutes, until meat is no longer pink inside and the thighs are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Transfer chicken to a platter, let rest for 5 minutes, and serve garnished with lime wedges.

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Nutrition Facts

194 calories; 10.8 g total fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 311 mg sodium. 4 g carbohydrates; 19.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
Am going to try this for supper tonight. Wondering if the bad reviews came from people using Miracle Whip or spread instead of "real" Mayo. Mixed up the marinade and it smells fine will see how it is after cooking. UPDATE: This was the best marinade I have tried yet! I used skinless boneless breasts and marinated for 4 hours. Dried off the breasts drizzled with olive oil and grilled in a cast iron grill pan as it was too windy and cold to do it outside. Fussy husband says to say NUM!!! He said 3 times be sure and save this one Hon! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/23/2013
Other half said he liked that it was juicy and I did too BUT.....the flavor was so boring and the marinade smelled weird. The maple with the soy and mayo was pointless since it really added nothing of interest taste-wise and again the smell of it totally put me off. I used steak sauce on mine and I NEVER use that stuff. Not happenin in my house again. Read More
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230 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 53
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  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
Am going to try this for supper tonight. Wondering if the bad reviews came from people using Miracle Whip or spread instead of "real" Mayo. Mixed up the marinade and it smells fine will see how it is after cooking. UPDATE: This was the best marinade I have tried yet! I used skinless boneless breasts and marinated for 4 hours. Dried off the breasts drizzled with olive oil and grilled in a cast iron grill pan as it was too windy and cold to do it outside. Fussy husband says to say NUM!!! He said 3 times be sure and save this one Hon! Read More
(46)
Rating: 2 stars
10/22/2013
Other half said he liked that it was juicy and I did too BUT.....the flavor was so boring and the marinade smelled weird. The maple with the soy and mayo was pointless since it really added nothing of interest taste-wise and again the smell of it totally put me off. I used steak sauce on mine and I NEVER use that stuff. Not happenin in my house again. Read More
(58)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
Am going to try this for supper tonight. Wondering if the bad reviews came from people using Miracle Whip or spread instead of "real" Mayo. Mixed up the marinade and it smells fine will see how it is after cooking. UPDATE: This was the best marinade I have tried yet! I used skinless boneless breasts and marinated for 4 hours. Dried off the breasts drizzled with olive oil and grilled in a cast iron grill pan as it was too windy and cold to do it outside. Fussy husband says to say NUM!!! He said 3 times be sure and save this one Hon! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2014
This looked like an odd marinade and it was. Personally I think you'll get a better marinade if you leave out the mayo and maple syrup up the garlic by two more cloves (and mince them) and add a TBSP of light brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2013
I made this last night for a family get together. It was too dark to bar-b-que so I baked it. It was sooooo delicious! I used chicken breasts(S/B)and thighs - put the breasts in first then when half way done added the thighs and basted the breasts with some of the marinade - oh so good. Did not change anything with regard to the recipe listed. Will make again and again - and bar-b-que (or bake) next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2013
Made this tonight and it was awesome! Used honey instead of maple syrup because my wife doesn't like maple...great tasting recipe. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
I thought this was actually quite good. I am a fan of Chef John and while this is different from any marinade I have made my family really enjoyed it and I know I will make it again. Sometimes you just have to move away from tried and true and give a new recipe a try. This one is different but it did not disappoint! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2014
This recipe made me weep. Tears of joy. Made just as written. Excuse me but I need to lick my fingers then find another kleenex... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2014
I decided to try this recipe mainly because I had all the ingredients on hand. We LOVED it. I followed the recipe as written and used the quick marinade method (on the countertop in a ziploc bag for an hour). Served with fresh green beans and roasted butternut squash. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2013
Very tasty! We really liked this recipe. Chicken was tender and moist. Sweet yet spicy flavor. This was a big hit at my house! Thank you! Read More
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