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How to Perfectly Grill Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6-8 1x
  • category Category: Chicken
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A summer grilling staple – learn how to grill chicken thighs with confidence. Tender, juicy and super flavorful from the smokey spice rub, these chicken thighs are absolute perfection!



  • 2 lb. bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. To a small bowl add garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice. Mix together.
  2. To a medium bowl add raw chicken thighs, and pour spice rub mixture over the chicken thighs. Toss the thighs around to completely coat all of them with spices. Marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat, approximately 350°F-375°F.
  4. Place chicken thighs on the grill, skin side down. Grill for 4 minutes. Flip and grill for 4 minutes on the other side.
  5. Move chicken over to indirect heat where the temperature is more around 300°F and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  6. Once internal temperature of chicken reaches is 165°F, remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 thigh
  • Calories: 287
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 141 mg
  • Fat: 24 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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