Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

This Chicken Thigh Marinade gives you juicy, fully-flavored chicken that’s a little sweet and a little spicy (if you so choose), with a bright touch of citrus. Chicken thighs are your best friend when it comes to quick, affordable, and healthy meals.

Whisk together a mixture of olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon zest, garlic and herbs in a large bowl. Add the chicken thighs and spoon the marinade over the top. Cover and refrigerate. When you’re ready to eat, remove the chicken from the marinade, then grill, broil or bake it.

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Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs 🔗

Prepare a simple grilled chicken thighs marinade and grill the chicken thighs for a simple meal or addition to meal prep!

Prep: 4h

Total: 4h20min

Serving Size: 1/2 lb chicken

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1/2 lb chicken, calories 441 calories, Sugar 0.3 g, Sodium 1034.5 mg, Fat 28 g, Saturated Fat 5.2 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Carbohydrate 1.2 g, Fiber 0.1 g, Protein 44.7 g, Cholesterol 213.1 mg


  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add lemon juice, dijon mustard and olive oil to a bowl with seasonings and mix thoroughly
  2. Add chicken thighs to the bowl and coat with the marinade
  3. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to chill and marinate for at least 4 hours
  4. When you are ready to grill, preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high
  5. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade and allow excess marinade to drip off to avoid flames in the grill
  6. Add the chicken thighs to hot grill or grill pan
  7. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side on grill, 6 minutes each side on grill pan – you may need shorter or longer depending on the heat of your grill or stove – the best way to ensure your chicken is cooked through but still moist is to use a meat thermometer and check for an internal temperature of 165F
  8. Allow the chicken thighs to cool slightly and then slice and enjoy!


How long should I marinate my chicken thighs?

You should let your chicken marinate for at least 15-20 minutes; you can leave them in longer and marinate them overnight or in the refrigerator during the day, but 15 to 20 minutes is the minimum to ensure they’re infused with all those delicious flavors.

How do you grill chicken thighs without drying them out?

How do you grill chicken without drying it out? Grilling dark meat, such as chicken thighs with bones and skin in tact, is your best option for tender, juicy chicken. Chicken breasts are much more likely to dry out on the grill.

How long does it take chicken thighs to cook on the grill?

It is acceptable to marinate chicken thighs overnight using this marinade, but I don’t recommend marinating the thighs for more than 24 hours because the meat will begin to break down. You can marinate chicken for 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

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