20 Best Grilled Chicken Thigh Recipes

Chicken thighs are the gold standard when it comes to flavorful meat. Unlike breasts, which can easily overcook, thighs are a bit more forgiving when prepared on the grill. Check out some of our best marinades, rubs and other recipes for making grilled chicken thighs. Get more dinner inspiration with our easy recipes for chicken legs and thighs.

Grilled Chicken in Yogurt & Tamarind Marinade

"This recipe makes very good chicken with just the right balance of spices—not hot, but very flavorful and juicy. I will definitely make it again when I have someone to impress."


Jamaican Jerk Chicken & Seasoning

"This is absolutely delicious! I've wanted to try Jerk chicken for so many years, but only got around to it with this recipe. This tasted absolutely fabulous and the chicken was so tender and juicy!"


Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken

"Very tasty! Sliced the leftovers and wrapped them up in lettuce leaves for a light lunch for the office. Everyone loved them and I had to pass out the recipe."


Grilled Chicken With Curried Yogurt

"We loved this recipe and it was so easy to make; we had this grilled chicken served with salad leaves and pitta bread. I left the chicken marinating for about six hours and it grilled to perfection, plus the chicken was extremely tender."

-French Tart

Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs

"We absolutely love this marinade! I was out of Thai chili so I used sambal chili paste. Tonight will be our 4th time. My boyfriend is addicted to it. Marinade it overnight if you have time; you won't be sorry!"

-Jill H.

Mexican Grilled Chicken

"The chicken was mildly spicy, moist and flavorful on night one, and I took the leftovers to work the next day for a Mexican-inspired salad. Definitely a keeper!"

-Allison G.

Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Lime Butter

"This recipe is sensational. The only thing that I did differently was to use a red onion (it looks very pretty with the cilantro). I nearly doubled the sauce since it was so good."

-Kate in Katoomba

Grilled Beer Chicken

Feel free to have some fun with this chicken marinade by using different beers. A rich chocolate stout, perhaps? Or maybe a lemony sour session? Any way you pour it, this chicken is dripping with flavor.

Honey-Grilled Chicken Thighs

"The chicken is tender and moist and has great flavor. The marinade is really nice—I liked how the honey helped the marinade to stick more to the chicken."


Maple-Glazed Chicken Thighs

"Made exactly as written and I marinaded the chicken for 24 hours. The chicken was so tender and very, very flavorful. The color of the chicken was very dark, but it tasted amazing."

-Baby Kato

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs

"My chicken got stuck waiting in the marinade for about 4 hrs and I can't say that it did a bit of damage. It came out moist, tender and delicious. This is very simple and made with a few basic ingredients, you just can't miss with this one."


Cajun Chicken Thighs

"Aiiii-yeeeee, where's my Tabasco! Delicious Cajun cuisine waiting to be discovered by yet another generation of home cooks."


Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Thighs

"Great flavor! I really like the dry rub mix on these. And by using the wet ingredients toward the end of cooking, the thighs don't burn to a crisp."

-Outta Here

Portuguese-Style Chicken Thighs

"A nice, spicy and very simple way to jazz up some chicken thighs. They're great on the grill or the BBQ."


Grilled, Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Thighs

"These were really tasty and easy to prepare. I had a small problem with flame-ups on the grill, but once I moved to indirect heat the problem went away. I loved how the bread you serve it on picked up some of the flavor from the chicken juices, as well as the garlicky flavor from the oil."


Tequila-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

With a bit of a bite from the tequila and sweetness from the honey, these glazed thighs are slightly spicy and perfect for dinner.

Shaker-Style Grilled Chicken Thighs

"I love this marinade! It really is great on chicken, any cut of chicken. The tangy vinegar flavor is what makes this marinade so good."


Grilled Lime Chicken Thighs

For tender, flavorful grilled chicken, this marinade is what you need. With plenty of zesty lime juice, some herbs and a bit of hot sauce, it's assertively fresh and pairs great with a margarita.

Soy-Marinated Chicken Thighs

"I grilled on a charcoal grill exactly as posted in the recipe, and they turned out perfectly. These are so juicy and delicious!"


Jo Mama's Hot & Spicy Grilled Chicken

"The sauce for this chicken has such an explosion of flavors—you'll want to lick the plate when you are done. It's sweet, sour, spicy and savory—and it has a bit of a kick."