Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

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As soon as you taste these marinated grilled chicken thighs it will be the only thing you want to grill, thanks to the marinade that’s packed with flavor.

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chicken thighs

We published a recipe for the Best Ever Meat Marinade recently and I kid you not that this is the absolute. best. marinade. ever. We use it to marinade all kinds of meat, but our favorite meat to marinade and grill is chicken thighs.

We’ve got you covered for barbecue season with these marinated and grilled chicken thighs. They have a ton of flavor and they never get dried out like chicken breast tend to when grilling. You can also smoke chicken thighs with great results.

Since you’ll be marinating these chicken thighs in a salty, flavorful marinade ahead of time, they will be full of flavor and plump, so they don’t dry out on the grill.

It’s best to marinade the chicken for at least 3-4 hours before grilling for maximum flavor. I sometimes leave them 24 hours in the marinade, which just gives it more flavor.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Bone-in skin-on chicken thighs – You’ll need about 8 pieces for 4 servings. If you want to make less, 4 pieces will be great for 2 people.
  • Soy sauce – I always use low sodium because the full sodium version is really salty.
  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic – freshly minced
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Ground black pepper

How to Make Marinated Chicken Thighs

I’ll admit, there isn’t much to do here. Just combine all the ingredients for the meat marinade (which you can find here) in a bowl and whisk them together until they’re combined.

At the point, I always remove about 2 tbsp of the marinade and reserve it in a separate container. I use that bit of marinade to baste the chicken as it grills. Be sure to remove it before you add the chicken, so the marinade doesn’t become contaminated.

Submerge the meat in the marinade, cover, and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill it.

If you like this marinade, you’ll also love this Chicken Adobo recipe.

meat marinade on chicken thighs

If you’re just marinating for a few hours, you can do this in a bowl, like in the image above. If you’re marinading for longer – like 24 hours – I prefer to use a ziplock bag. It allows the chicken to be moved around easier, so every piece gets submerged.

When you’re ready to cook it, just discard the remaining marinade and put the meat on the grill, as usual.

The marinade adds so much delicious flavor and really throws the wow factor over the edge with chicken thighs. These can be made in the Air Fryer as well, if you want to skip the oven.

marinated chicken thighs

When I cook the thighs in the oven, rather than on the grill, I always crisp up the skin side on a skillet before adding it, skin side up, along with the remaining marinade, to a casserole dish and bake it for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Perfection.

marinated chicken thighs

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marinated chicken thighs

Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

As soon as you taste these marinated grilled chicken thighs it will be the only thing you want to grill, thanks to the marinade that's packed with flavor.
4.59 from 24 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thigh
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 535kcal
Author: Laura


  • 2 lbs bone-in skin-on chicken thighs 8 pieces
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • Mix the marinade ingredients together in a Ziplock bag or large bowl. Add the chicken thighs to the marinade. Refrigerate for 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to grill, discard the remaining marinade.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F. Place chicken thighs on grill grates and grill for approximately 6-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F.


  • Reserve a little bit of marinade before adding the chicken. You can use that to baste the chicken as it cooks on the grill.
  • Marinade cannot be reused.


Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 986mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg


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5 thoughts on “Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

  1. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    I have tried all kinds of marinade and this one really is the best! It leaves the chicken so moist and flavorful!

  2. Alisa Infanti says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was amazing. I always just think of using Worcestershire sauce on beef but it tasted fantastic in this marinade for chicken

  3. Ana F. says:

    5 stars
    Easy recipes are the best! This marinade definitely keeps your chicken moist. Thanks for the marinate recipe!

  4. Amy Desrosiers says:

    5 stars
    This marinade sounds fantastic! I love a good marinade for chicken since it can transform even the cheapest of cuts.

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