This Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs recipe might be the easiest way to cook grilled chicken. It's fast, simple, takes just four easy ingredients, and is ready in just a few moments. Fire up the grill, and let's get started. You're going to love the end result.
The summer and warmer months of the year always make me want to grill chicken thighs. I love being out on the patio, with a cold drink in hand, controlling the temperature of the chicken being cooked, and waiting "patiently" for it to be done.
Since cooking chicken on the grill is versatile, I'll always add in some grilled vegetables like grilled asparagus or corn on the cob and some type of refreshing salad or side dish as well.
I like grilling up thighs, but you could easily do this recipe with chicken breasts, too. Have fun with the process and love the end result of tender and juicy chicken.
This can easily be made for a large crowd and is a good recipe for a BBQ carry-in as well. Just have everyone else bring their favorite side dish or dessert, and it's a fast way to feed all your family and friends with minimal time and effort.
All you need are the following ingredients to get started. A simple mixture of common spices gives the grilled boneless chicken thighs great flavor. You're going to love the ease of grilling this chicken dish.
Boneless skinless chicken thighs - These are great because there isn't a ton of excess fat but just enough to keep the meat tender and juicy.
Garlic powder - Just a sprinkle goes a long way.
Onion powder - Adding onion powder is the perfect way to increase the flavor without increasing the sodium.
Salt and pepper - To taste. If you need reduced sodium simply omit the added salt.
How To Make Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs
Step One: Combine the seasonings into a bowl.
Step Two: Rub the seasoning mix onto the chicken until covered. Preheat the grill.
Step Three: Place the seasoned chicken thighs on the grill grates and grill for 8 minutes per side on medium heat.
Marinate the chicken - Grab marinade ingredients and add to the chicken thighs. This boneless chicken thighs recipe tastes great with all different types of marinades. We love simply ones with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.
Add olive oil - Rub a bit of olive oil or coconut oil on the outside of the chicken thighs before putting them on the charcoal grill. (or gas grill) This can help crisp up the skin a bit to get that golden brown look.
Seasonings - Even though I use garlic powder and onion powder, you can mix and match and change it up. Adding some cayenne pepper would kick up the heat, and even sprinkling on some Everything Bagel Seasoning would add a kick of flavor. You can even use a grilling rib with cloves or nutmeg added for a warm flavor.
Mustard - Rub the thighs with dijon mustard before adding the rub to boost the flavor and add some tang.
Sauces - Serve the grilled chicken with a trio of bbq sauces: Keto Barbecue Sauce - 3 Ways!
How do I know when chicken is done cooking on the grill?
Using a meat thermometer is the most accurate way to test the internal reading of the chicken. Insert the tip into the thickest part of the chicken thigh. As long as the reading shows 165 degrees, the chicken is done cooking and ready to remove from the grill.
If you are cooking bone-in chicken, be sure that you don't put the meat thermometer near a bone, as it will give false readings.
What is the easiest way to flip grilled chicken?
The instructions are simple! I like to use tongs and just grab the chicken in the middle and flip it quickly. If you grab it too close to the edge, it may tear the chicken, causing some of the juices to spill out.
Is it hard to grill boneless skinless chicken thighs?
It's really not hard at all, but you do want to pay attention so that you don't overcook them. I always have a grill pan ready so that I can remove the chicken the instant that it's done cooking.
Cooking chicken is so easy to do and is a great way to eat fewer carbohydrates and fewer calories as well.
What side dishes pair well with cooked chicken?
My list of side dish loves could go on forever. Pairing chicken with vegetables and salads is one of the fastest ways to make a complete dinner.
Some other simple side dish options are:
You can easily mix and match and change out the side dishes to make a new and unique meal every time.
Can I air fry these?
Sure! Check out my recipe for Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.
- Combine seasonings in a small bowl.
- Rub on the chicken thighs.
- Grill on medium heat for 8 minutes per side.