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How to Grill Chicken Thighs (boneless + bone-in)

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Description

How to grill boneless OR bone-in chicken thighs like a pro!


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Ingredients

  • 6 boneless or bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper

Instructions

Boneless Chicken Thighs:

  1. Bring grill up to medium high heat (about 400 degrees).
  2. Combine salt and pepper in a little bowl.
  3. Place chicken on plate and sprinkle both sides with the salt and pepper mixture.
  4. Grill chicken on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-4 minutes per side (the bigger the thigh the longer you will need to cook it), flipping once.
  5. Remove from grill once the internal temp has reached 165.
  6. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Bone-In Chicken Thighs

  1. Bring grill up to high heat (about 450 degrees).
  2. Combine salt and pepper in a little bowl.
  3. Place chicken on plate and sprinkle both sides with the salt and pepper mixture, ensure you get some under the skin.
  4. Grill chicken skin-side down on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-5 minutes and then flip.
  5. Cook on other side until internal temp reaches 165 (use a meat thermometer).
  6. Remove from gill and let rest for 5 minutes.


Notes

  • Having a meat thermometer is SO helpful when cooking with meat, especially chicken which has to reach an internal temp (at the thickest part) of 165 before it is safe to eat.  If you DON’T have a meat thermometer, you know your chicken is done when the juices run clear once you remove it from the grill.  I would highly recommend purchasing a meat thermometer, especially for bone-in chicken thighs and large chicken breasts as they seem to b the hardest to really cook all the way through.
  • Note that the total cook time listed is 8 minutes – this is for boneless chicken thighs.  Bone-in chicken thighs will be closer to 10-13 minutes, depending upon how thick they are.

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