Grilled Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings 6 chicken thighs

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These Grilled Chicken Thighs have a simple marinade that makes them extra juicy and flavorful! Perfect for summer grilling!

See the step by step recipe video down in the recipe card.

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Summer grilling season is here and we are so excited!

While we enjoy our share of burgers and hot dogs, we spend so much time cooking outside in the summer that we love to find new ways to mix it up.

Is there anything better than a meal off the grill and a big glass of Homemade Lemonade? Serve with any of these 30 Pasta Salad Recipes for the perfect summer meal.

I based this grilled chicken thigh recipe off of one of our favorite grilled chicken breast recipes — we love a sweet, salty and slightly tangy chicken marinade!

As always, I choose canola oil in all of my marinades because it’s inexpensive and has a neutral flavor that goes with anything!

grilled chicken thighs on plate with canola oil bottle

It’s our go-to oil in the kitchen because it’s easy to use, has a high smoke point, and packs a nutritional punch that most culinary oils don’t.

With less saturated fat and more plant-based Omega-3 fat than any other common culinary oils (yep, I’m looking at you, olive oil), it’s an easy decision for our family!

Find even more grilled chicken recipes here.

What’s in this chicken thigh marinade?

  1. Canola oil: with a neutral flavor that makes for moist and juicy chicken thighs!
  2. Honey: opt for clear, liquid honey rather than creamed honey. You can swap this for another sweetener of choice, such as brown sugar or maple syrup.
  3. Balsamic Vinegar: a little balsamic vinegar adds a great touch of tang and depth of flavor to this chicken marinade! If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar can be subbed in.
  4. Soy sauce: I always choose low sodium soy sauce so I can adjust any seasonings to our taste. If you are using regular soy sauce, you may want to omit or reduce the salt in this marinade.
  5. Minced garlic: because we put garlic in everything! If you don’t have fresh minced garlic, you can use ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  6. Salt: With a well-seasoned marinade, this chicken needs no extra sauce!
  7. Black pepper: a little spice to balance everything out! You can also use a big pinch of red pepper flakes if you like a little more heat.
boneless chicken thighs in marinade before grilling
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How to grill chicken thighs: tips and tricks!

  1. The marinade: I like to marinade my chicken thighs for at least a couple of hours, but you can do up to 8.
  2. Grill over fairly high heat for a shorter cook time: I aim for 400 degrees F. At this temperature they will cook for 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure doneness: it should reach 165 degrees F in the thickest part.
  4. Remove from the grill, cover and rest for 10 minutes. Allowing the chicken to rest before serving ensures all the juices are redistributed through the meat and don’t run out when you cut into it!

Can I use bone in chicken thighs?


This marinade is great on bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, but any meat with a bone will cook significantly longer.

15-20 minutes should be about right, but this depends on the exact cooking temperature, how often the grill is opened, and the size of the chicken thighs.

The most important factor in doneness is the internal temperature, so be sure that it is 165 degrees F in the thickest part, with the thermometer not touching the bone.

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What about other cuts of chicken?

Yes to this, too!

This marinade is great on chicken breasts, drumsticks, chicken legs or even pork tenderloin or turkey breast.

Exact cook times will vary, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check for the correct temperature in any type of meat.

What can I serve with these Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs?

We love summer sides! Here are a few of our favorites:

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Grilled Chicken Thighs

5 from 1 vote
These Grilled Chicken Thighs have a simple marinade that makes them extra juicy and flavorful! Perfect for summer grilling!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Cuisine American, canadian
Course Main Course
Servings 6 chicken thighs
Calories 192cal


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  • Stir together honey, canola oil, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper with a whisk until smooth.
  • Place chicken thighs in a glass container or zip top freezer bag (ideally one that will just fit the chicken and the marinade with not a lot of extra room, so they are evenly submerged). Pour the marinade over and place the lid on or seal.
  • Refrigerate in marinade for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
  • When ready to cook, preheat grill to medium-high or about 400 degrees F.
  • Place chicken thighs on the grill and cook for 5-6 minutes per side, just until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part comes out at 165 degrees F.
  • Remove from the grill, cover and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


*6 Chicken thighs feeds our family of 5 perfectly. If you want to do add in a couple more chicken thighs to feed yours, you can and there is no need to increase the marinade.
**The nutrition information above factors in the excess marinade that will be drained and not consumed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 192cal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Susie says

    I have not made this yet. But will soon. It looks So Good. Thank you for Sharing. I have Wrote Down a lot of your Recipes and going to Share them with my Daughter and my Two Grandaughter’s when I go to visit. We have so much fun Cooking and baking together. I will let you know how it all goes.Take Care and Enjoy the rest of your Summer and Happy Holidays. Susie from Florida 🌴

  2. Bonnie says

    I live in a apartment and do not have. grill…please add time and temperature for this recipe as well as others.

    Thank you

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Bonnie! You will want to look for a recipe that is not specifically for grilled meat. The time and temperature will be about the same regardless of your cooking method.

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