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How to Grill Chicken Thighs

Learn how to grill chicken thighs and have so many delicious dinner options at your fingertips! Chicken thighs are so easy and versatile!grilled chicken thighs on a white platter

When you want an easy dinner but you’re tired of boring chicken breasts, how about looking to chicken thighs instead?  So full of flavor and just as easy (if not easier to cook) chicken thighs are a great answer.  It’s always easy to overcook and dry out chicken breasts, but when you learn how to grill chicken thighs you find out they are a little more forgiving.  It’s super easy to mix up the flavors by swapping out seasonings and then you can eat them as is or chop up and serve in other ways.

What temperature to cook chicken thighs on the grill?

  • You’ll want to cook them at a medium high heat which means anywhere from 350 to 400 degrees F.
  • Some grills are easier to control the exact temperature than others so use this as a guideline
  • The outdoor temp can impact your grill temps as well

chicken thighs on the grill

How long do you cook chicken thighs on the grill?

  • It’s not about the minutes.  It’s about the temperature of the chicken.  A lot of factors will impact the exact timing from how thick the pieces of chicken are to the exact grill temp and so on.
  • Use a meat thermometer anytime you are cooking meats.  Not only will this ensure that your meat is cooked perfectly but also that is is cooked to a safe to eat temp.
  • You need to cook them until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Take them off and let them rest for 10 minutes before slicing or serving.

grilled chicken thighs topped with cilantro on a white platter

My favorite ways to serve chicken thighs include:

And they are delicious served up with:

How to Grill Chicken Thighs
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How to Grill Chicken Thighs

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Learn how to grill chicken thighs and have so many delicious dinner options at your fingertips! Chicken thighs are so easy and versatile!
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:30 mins


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons seasoning blend or more to taste


  • Preheat grill to 350 to 400 degrees
  • Brush chicken with olive oil and sprinkle generously with seasoning 
  • Place on preheated grill and flip after 5 minutes or when grill marks develop
  • Use thermometer to monitor temps and remove from grill when chicken reaches and internal temp of 165 degrees


Choose seasoning blend depending on how you will serve your chicken.  I used taco seasoning.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 317kcal

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    1. I love chicken thighs and I’ve made them on the grill coated with olive oil and powdered ranch in a packet! It’s delicious

  1. 5 stars
    Great instructional blog post. Chicken thighs are ever present on our menu, so you’ve taken the mystery out of grilling. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    We own a Webber gas grill so the heat control in all weather is great. I grill them off of the flame in the center of the three burner grill with front & back burners on medium and the center shut off eliminating flare ups and blackened thighs. I rub a little Olive oil on them and then season with Lawrey’s All Season which has a nice blend for chicken. The amount depends on you but I’m fairly liberal with it. The digital thermometer also is a must for perfect chicken, especially breasts. Adding a few hickory chips to the smoker box completes the wonderful flavor. Unfortunately my wife doesn’t like smoked meats.

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