Perfect Grilled Chicken Thighs are so juicy, moist, and tender!  These flavor packed chicken thighs are so easy to grill and have the best simple marinade!

grilled chicken thighs on a plate

Grilled Chicken Thighs:

We are dead in the heat of summer, and we’ve been firing up the grill every single night!  I don’t mind things like burgers and hot dogs, but nothing beats a piece of fall off the bone chicken!  We do chicken quite a bit around here and I know most of you have already tried and love my Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs and my Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs too!  When it came to the perfect grilled chicken thigh recipe, I knew I wanted to keep it simple just like those.  I want a nice crispy grilled skin, and very tender and flavorful chicken with the easiest marinade.  For this simple recipe, we will be giving you directions on how to grill chicken thighs on a gas, or charcoal grill!

How to Grill Chicken Thighs:

To start, grab a medium sized bowl and whisk together your marinade.  This consists of olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, mustard, soy sauce, dijon mustard, and brown sugar.  Pantry staples!  Trim any fat from your chicken thighs if necessary, and place in a large bowl or a large zip-top plastic bag.  Pour the marinade over the chicken.

chicken thighs in a bag with marinade

This recipe calls for 2-2.5 pounds of chicken thighs, or about 8 total.  As you can see from the photos, you will want to use bone-in and skin on chicken thighs for best results with this recipe.  After you have poured your marinade over the chicken, seal the bag, getting out as much air as you can.  Now, massage the meat inside the bag to make sure all of the chicken is well coated.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, and up to 12 hours.  For best flavor, I prefer marinating for at least 2 hours, but a shorter time will work in a pinch.  Once the chicken has marinated, allow it to sit, covered in the bag at room temperature for 15-20 minutes while your grill heats up.  Grill the chicken as directed in the recipe card below for charcoal or gas!

grilled chicken thighs on a white plate



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Perfect Grilled Chicken Thighs

Perfect Grilled Chicken Thighs are so juicy, moist, and tender!  These flavor packed chicken thighs are so easy to grill and have the best simple marinade!
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Servings 8 Thighs



  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, mustard, soy sauce, and brown sugar.
  • Trim fat from the chicken as necessary. Add the chicken thighs to a large zip-top bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the meat for a few seconds to make sure the meat is coated.
  • Refrigerate the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 min. For best flavor, allow the meat to marinate for 2-12 hours before grilling. After marinating, allow the chicken to sit, covered in the bag of marinade for 15-20 minutes while the grill preheats.
  • Preheat the grill to settings for medium-high heat on one side, or if using charcoal, arrange pieces into a two-zone fire with briquettes underneath half of the grill grate.
  • Sear chicken thighs over lit side of grill 2-3 minutes per side until skin turns golden brown, taking care not to char.
  • Move chicken pieces to unlit side of grill and cook, covered, until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Let chicken rest 5-10 minutes before serving.


NOTE:  This chicken is best when marinated for at least 2 hours minimum before grilling!

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    That was sooo easy and tasty, my family just loved it. I like to experiment with recipes so rarely make the same thing twice. This recipe I’m definitely using again!

  2. Awesome recipe. Really appreciated that it was all typical household ingredients. I marinated overnight and am definitely going to reuse this marinade!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is YUMMO!! Even my teenager thought so! I panicked because I didn’t have dijon, so subbed a tsp of ground mustard. Faboulous, juicy, crispy! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely the best ever. Added some white balsamic, red pepper flakes, maple syrup, ginger and extra soy sauce. Best Chix thighs ever. Kudos.

  5. 5 stars
    So so SO tasty! The marinade was absolutely fantastic. I used an indoor grill, but am looking forward to trying on a charcoal grill. This will be my go-to grilled thigh recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how delicious these chicken thighs were. Absolutely scrumptious! Crispy skin, moist on the inside, and so flavorful. My husband raved about them! Thank you Nichole for such a wonderful recipe. I’m looking forward to making these in the oven after grilling season is done here in New England. Will pan sear skin side down then finish baking in the oven at 400°.

  7. 5 stars
    Outstanding! Marinade was easy to throw together, and wow, what great flavor! The wife and i were most impressed.