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Juicy grilled chicken thighs marinated with only two ingredients: homemade dry rub and liquid smoke. This is the best grilled chicken you’ll ever make, so juicy, moist and delicious!

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Juicy grilled chicken thighs marinated with only two ingredients: homemade dry rub and liquid smoke. This is the best grilled chicken you'll ever make, so juicy, moist and delicious!

Grilled chicken thighs on a white serving tray, ready to serve.

Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

Today I am going to share the best grilled chicken thighs recipe with you that calls for only three ingredients: chicken thighs (bone in), homemade dry rub and liquid smoke.

Yes, it’s that easy and the end results are absolutely delicious…the juiciest grilled chicken you will ever make. I guarantee you, just like my juicy and tender grilled steak.

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How to Grill Chicken Thighs?

How to make the juiciest grilled chicken thighs on a gas grill? I am sure many of you have had dry, overcooked and burned thighs that taste pretty much like a piece of charcoal.

To get the chicken perfectly cooked, with charred and crispy skin while retaining the juice inside the chicken, you need to know how long to cook, grill time and at what temperature.

A piece of perfectly grilled and BBQ chicken thighs picked with a fork, with juice flowing out on the serving tray.

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Grilling Tips

Here are the tips and techniques for the best grill and BBQ every time!

Top down shot of a piece of grilled barbeque (BBQ) chicken thighs.

Grill the chicken thighs on direct heat at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, about 2 minutes on each side, with the skin side down first. Turn the chicken thighs a couple of times to avoid burning.
Move the chicken thighs to the side without direct heat.
Cover the lid of the gas grill and continue to barbeque the chicken thighs for about 6-8 minutes. The hot air in the grill will BBQ and cook the chicken and retain the juice.
The grilling time depends on the size of the thighs, but the internal temperature should be 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius) when it’s completely cooked through.
If you don’t have a thermometer, check doneness by cutting a slit to see the inside of the chicken.

Grilled chicken thighs marinade, in a bottle.

Dry Rub Marinade

For this recipe, I used my homemade dry rub as a marinade for the chicken thighs. The dry rub consists of the following ingredients:

Salt and sugar/brown sugar
Chili powder
Smoked paprika
Garlic powder
Steak seasoning (McCormick brand)
Cayenne pepper

I also used liquid smoke to bring out extra smokiness and aromas in the grilled chicken. The end result is legendary, to say the least!

BBQ chicken thighs with perfectly charred and crispy skin.

Frequently Asked Questions
Difference Between BBQ and Grilling?

BBQ is done when you cook with the lid closed, cooking with the circumventing hot air inside the grill.

Grilling is when you cook with the lid open, with direct heat searing the meat. In my recipe, I used both BBQ and grilling techniques to keep my chicken moist and extremely juicy.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

These grilled chicken thighs are only calories 418 per serving (about 2 pieces).

BBQ chicken thigh with a fork, with juicy oozing out.

What to Serve with this Recipe?

Serve the chicken with summer side dishes. For a healthy summer meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe


Servings 3 people


Prep Time 5 minutes


Cook Time 15 minutes


Total Time 20 minutes

The best and juiciest grilled chicken thighs you’ll ever make, with a marinade of homemade dry rub and liquid smoke. The chicken thighs are so moist and delicious!

Ingredients


1 1/2
lbs
bone in chicken thighs (5 small thighs)


2 1/2
tablespoons
homemade dry rub


1/2
tablespoon
liquid smoke


1
tablespoon
olive oil, for grilling

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Directions

1

Score the bottom part of the chicken thighs lengthwise with a few slits. This will make sure that the marinade ingredients get inside the chicken meat.



2

Marinate the chicken thighs with homemade dry rub and liquid smoke. Stir to combine well.


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3

Grill the chicken thighs on direct heat at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, about 2 minutes on each side, with the skin side down first. Turn the chicken thighs a couple of times to avoid burning. Baste the chicken with olive oil while grilling.



4

Move the chicken thighs to the side of the grill without direct heat and barbeque the chicken. Cover the gas grill and continue to barbeque the chicken thighs for about 6-8 minutes. The hot air in the grill will BBQ and cook the chicken and will retain the juice. The grilling time depends on the size of the thighs, but the internal temperature should be 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius) when it’s completely cooked through. Serve hot with your favorite hot sauce.


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Nutrition Facts

Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

Amount Per Serving (3 people)

Calories 418
Calories from Fat 333

% Daily Value*

Fat 37g57%

Saturated Fat 9g56%

Cholesterol 189mg63%

Sodium 155mg7%

Potassium 418mg12%

Carbohydrates 3g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 32g64%

Vitamin A 240IU5%

Vitamin C 0.4mg0%

Calcium 49mg5%

Iron 2.5mg14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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