8 Ways to Grill Chicken Thighs


No matter how much I love the white meat of a chicken breast, when it comes to grilling season, chicken thighs nudge the white meat out of the running for favorite food ever. After all, chicken thighs are cheap, flavorful, and incredibly, deliciously crave-able when marinated right, then tossed on the grill. Growing up, my mom’s go-to chicken thigh marinade was a mixture of soy sauce and 7-Up. I could swear there wasn’t a single better thing to eat on the planet than those rich and buttery, soy-sauce salty, tossed-over-hot-coals chicken thighs.

Though my mom’s recipe still remains a favorite family memory, here are 8 incredible, new ways to grill up chicken thighs this summer that might just take top honors for my favorite summer grill recipes!


  • Thai Chicken Thighs 1 of 8
    Thai Chicken Thighs
    Don't go for takeout! Make yourself a restaurant-worthy meal with this recipe for Thai Chicken Thighs. Try using this basic marinade, then cooking the chicken on the grill instead of in the slow cooker for an extra boost of smoky flavor!
    Get the recipe for Thai Chicken Thighs.
  • Grilled Cumin Chicken Thighs 2 of 8
    Grilled Cumin Chicken Thighs
    Cumin Agave Chicken Thighs lend a uniquely familiar flavor to rich, buttery bites of meat.
    Get the recipe for Cumin and Agave Grilled Chicken Thighs.
  • Hawaiian Chicken Thighs 3 of 8
    Hawaiian Chicken Thighs
    Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Thighs are a classic way to grill up flavorful chicken on the grill.
    Get the recipe from Very Culinary.
  • Butter Chicken 4 of 8
    Butter Chicken
    This incredible recipe for Butter Chicken on the grill makes perfect use of juicy chicken thighs. A rich sauce complements the smoky goodness of the barbecue in this perfectly scrumptious meal.
    Get the recipe from Simply-Delicious.
  • Honey-spiced Chicken Thighs 5 of 8
    Honey-spiced Chicken Thighs
    Honey-spiced chicken thighs pull together truly delicious spices for a rich, incredible flavor in this easy recipe.
    Get the recipe from Food on the Table.
  • Spicy Chicken Thighs 6 of 8
    Spicy Chicken Thighs
    Rosemary and spicy Sriracha combine in this gorgeously simple recipe.
    Get the recipe from All Day I Dream About Food.
  • Lime, Soy, and Honey Chicken Thighs 7 of 8
    Lime, Soy, and Honey Chicken Thighs
    Lime, Soy and Honey Chicken Thighs may be the yummiest way to bring an Asian influence to your grill.
    Get the recipe from Adora's Box.
  • Spicy Chicken Thighs with Cool Cucumber Salsa 8 of 8
    Spicy Chicken Thighs with Cool Cucumber Salsa
    Spicy Chicken Thighs with a cool Cucumber-Avocado Salsa is the ultimate way to enjoy a good, homemade summer dinner. The salsa is incredibly refreshing on a hot day!
    Get the recipe from Cookin' Canuck.