Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs

This Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe is an easy recipe with the perfect marinade for grilled chicken thighs. The thighs become so juicy and so tender once marinated and grilled. These thighs will become a favorite meat to throw on the grill for kids and adults alike.

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Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe with cilantro and lime.

The season for grilled chicken

We have four seasons where we live (our beautiful Ohio). One of the best things that we look forward to when winter ends is grilling foods in the warmer weather. Once spring hits, our grill comes out and is ready for all the delicious grilling recipes. We love to grill burgers (because who doesn’t), grilled chicken kabobs or even grilled corn on the cob. This grilled chicken thighs recipe is going to become a regular dish on your grilling menu!

Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe with lime squeezed on top.

Grilled chicken thighs

Grilled chicken thighs have to be my favorite meat to grill. Since the thighs have a bit of excess fat, it helps prevent the thighs from burning and drying out. If marinated correctly, chicken thighs are wonderful on the grill. These thighs are so juicy and flavorful once cooked on the grill. Key to the perfect grilled chicken thighs is making sure to not overcook the thighs.

Can I taste the mayo from the marinade?

No! You will not have a mayo taste to the thighs, mayo acts as a tenderizer and it does its job. 🙂 The remaining ingredients balance the marinade and it’s the perfect marinade.

Step by step on preparing the chicken thigh marinade.

How to make the perfect chicken thigh marinade?

Having the right marinade for your chicken thighs is so important. Giving the chicken some time to marinade is just as important.

  • Cut chicken thighs in half (if desired).
  • Prepare marinade and slice onions.
  • Combine everything and set aside to marinade.
  • Grill 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the size of chicken pieces.

Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe with cilantro and lime slices.

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Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe
Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Rest Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

Recipe for the tender and juicy grilled chicken thighs in a mayonnaise and lime marinade.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 449 kcal
  • 3 pounds chicken thighs, halved
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp lime, fresh
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 – 3 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp paprika
  1. Trim off excess fat on thighs and cut meat into smaller pieces.

  2. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, oil, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Pour mixture over thighs, add sliced onions and mix everything. Cover bowl and keep refrigerated 4 – 12 hours.
  4. Grill thighs on medium/high heat 3-5 minutes on each side (depending on the size of the pieces).
Nutrition Facts
Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 223mg 74%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 597mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 44g 88%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 2.2%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe.

Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

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  • Ingrid 10/04/2018, 10:43 am

    This chicken was amazing! I used 2lbs of chicken with the same amount of marinade and it was delish! A big hit and will definitely be making this again.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/04/2018, 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Ingrid. So glad to hear that! <3

  • cois 08/14/2018, 10:34 am

    Loved the Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs wanted to leave a 5 for the recipe but couldn’t see where to write review. Sorry no review but it was great.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/14/2018, 11:08 am

      Thanks so much, Cois! We are in the middle of a blog redesign and that will be back as soon as we finish it. I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

  • Roza Bell 06/13/2018, 2:01 pm

    Can I leave them in the marinade overnight?

    • admin 06/15/2018, 11:34 am

      Hi, Roza. Yes, these are wonderful if marinaded overnight. 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Toria 05/12/2018, 4:52 pm

    Love this recipe in the summer/grilling time.

    • admin 05/13/2018, 1:01 am

      It’s one of my favorites! So easy and good!

  • Mariana 02/17/2018, 12:48 pm

    This chicken is really good! I made it a year ago for a summer family gathering and it was a success. I put the chicken on metal skewers and made them into kabobs. Very delicious flavors!
    Making it again this weekend. Thank you!

    • admin 02/19/2018, 7:12 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Mariana. I love hearing awesome feedback. I hope you had a lovely weekend. <3

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