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!
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
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.
My favorite ways to serve chicken thighs include:
- in tacos
- in salads
- in pasta salad to make it a meal
And they are delicious served up with:
How to Grill Chicken Thighs
- 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
Lots of great tips here. Chicken thighs always taste better when grilled.
I haven’t made chicken thighs in forever. Now I know what I’m getting for the grocery store for dinner! Great grilling tips!
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
I never make chicken thighs so these are great tips – will have to try them t his summer!
Great instructional blog post. Chicken thighs are ever present on our menu, so you’ve taken the mystery out of grilling. Thank you!
I love chicken thighs! this is a great tutorial & simple grilled recipe. thanks for sharing
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.
Hi John!! I’ve heard great things about the Weber grills! Your chicken recipe sounds great!!
Tried it! Thank you!