Crispy Grilled Chicken Recipe

Learn how to get crispy chicken skin by combining and “stacking” some of the techniques below that will virtually ensure crispness every time. Who doesn’t love crispy chicken skin? But how often does it turn out moist and rubbery?

In particular, we’ll look at how to get crispy chicken skin on the grill and get it right every time. Today we’re going to chat chicken, which is like talking turkey, only smaller.

Sometimes it is easy to forget that there’s more for the ‘cue than pork and beef because we spend so much time discussing how to get the perfect sear on a steak, what kind of sauce to mop on your ribs, or how to smoke a brisket to tender perfection!

Try telling me a juicy grilled chicken breast isn’t a classic worth celebrating! Grilled chicken is an absolute favorite with a long history, in fact, it’s where many people start their BBQ journey!

What’s the secret, or secrets, behind chicken skin that isn’t either dried out or rubbery, despite how simple it is to prepare, grill, and enjoy chicken?

Grilled Bone In Chicken Thighs Recipes – Crispy Grilled Chicken Recipe

Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs 🔗


Prep: 0 35min0

Total: 0 1h5min0

Nutrition Facts: calories 570, Fat 35 grams, Saturated Fat 7 grams, Cholesterol 122 milligrams, Sodium 535 milligrams, Carbohydrate 25 grams, Fiber 2 grams, Protein 35 grams


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3 large tomatoes, halved crosswise
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the mayonnaise, chili powder, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Preheat a grill to medium low. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish, then add the chicken, turning to thoroughly coat. Grill the chicken, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes per side. Meanwhile, brush the tomatoes with vegetable oil and season with salt and black pepper. Place cut-side down on the grill and cook until marked, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with the chicken.


What is the secret to crispy chicken?

Keep the heat low—if it gets too high, the fat will sear and not cook slowly and melt away. Season the chicken skin with salt and grill skin-side down over moderately low heat until the fat has rendered and the skin is nice and crisp. Flip the chicken and grill for a few minutes skin-side up until cooked through.

How do you make chicken thigh crispy on the grill?

In Asian fried chicken recipes, cornstarch is frequently used, and when combined with flour, it yields the crispiest results. Cornstarch is one of our suggested ingredients for the crispiest fried chicken.

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