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 tender once marinated and grilled, they’ll become your favorite meat to throw on the grill during grilling season (along with kabobs).

Chicken thighs are so versatile and can be baked, added to stir fry, or in homemade gyozas.

Tender grilled chicken thighs on a plate with lime and chopped cilantro.

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grilled chicken thighs-

We definitely prefer chicken thighs over chicken breast for grilling. The meat turns out so tender and juicy and retains the juiciness, keeping the thighs from drying. This marinade for the thighs with mayo, oil, lime and seasonings is perfect.

TIP: The thighs can be marinated two hours in advance or overnight, making these thighs great for busy parties that you can prep for the night before.

Grilled thighs on a plate with lime being squeezed on the meat.

how to grill chicken thighs-

These thighs come together so quickly and make for a great recipe.

  • Prepare the marinade by combining the mayo, oil, lime, garlic and seasonings.
  • Trim off excess fat and cut thighs in half. In a bowl, mix the thighs with onions.
  • Add marinade and mix to combine.
  • Grill chicken until crispy and cooked through, about 4-5 per side (depending on the thickness of meat). NOTE: Since the meat isn’t cut into small pieces, you don’t even need to add the meat to skewers, though you can if desired.

can I taste the mayo from the marinade?

No! You cannot taste mayo in the meat, it just acts as a tenderizer and it does its job well. 🙂 The remaining ingredients balance the marinade and it’s the perfect marinade for chicken thighs.

Collage tutorial how to make and marinade chicken thighs for grilling.

how to use leftover grilled chicken thighs-

If you have leftover chicken thighs they can be used for other recipes such as:

  • flatbreads– perfect for add to a flatbread for a quick lunch.
  • salad– the meat can be added to just about any salad, we love it with this Copycat salad recipe.
  • sandwich- add the chicken to a sandwich or grilled cheese.
  • pasta- make a quick pasta dinner with the chicken.

Cilantro lime chicken thighs on a plate with gresh cilantro.

Grilling is by far one of my favorite methods of cooking, especially during the summer. The food turns out great and is usually simple to make. These thighs are definitely a family favorite and so good!

Other recipes to try on the grill:

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5 from 4 votes

Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

A quick recipe for the juiciest and most tender recipe for grilled chicken thighs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Rest Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Thighs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 449kcal



  • Trim off excess fat on thighs and cut thighs in half.
  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, oil, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Add sliced to thighs and mix. Pour marinade mixture over thighs and mix until thighs are coated.
  • Allow thighs to marinate at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Grill the chicken thighs on medium/high heat 4-6 minutes on each side (depending on the size of the pieces).
  • Squeeze fresh lime over thighs before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 223mg74%
Sodium 450mg20%
Potassium 597mg17%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tender Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Show 16 Comments
  • Rebecca richman 07/07/2019, 9:54 am Link Reply

    Can I bake them? If so, how long what temp? Thanks.

    • Valentina's Corner 07/07/2019, 9:49 pm Link Reply

      Yes, you can totally bake them per these INSTRUCTIONS.

  • Inna 06/16/2019, 8:17 pm Link Reply

    Made it for Father’s Day and it was really good. Great recipe.
    Thank you for sharing ☺

    • Valentina's Corner 06/17/2019, 8:31 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Inna. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 I hope you had a lovely Father’s day.

  • Jenny 06/15/2019, 10:11 pm Link Reply

    Second time I make them in a week =D they are just that good. Thanks for this awesome recipe

    • Valentina's Corner 06/16/2019, 2:47 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Jenny Makes me so happy. 🙂

  • Ingrid 10/04/2018, 10:43 am Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

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

  • cois 08/14/2018, 10:34 am Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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 Link Reply

    Can I leave them in the marinade overnight?

    • admin 06/15/2018, 11:34 am Link Reply

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

  • Toria 05/12/2018, 4:52 pm Link Reply

    Love this recipe in the summer/grilling time.

    • admin 05/13/2018, 1:01 am Link Reply

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

  • Mariana 02/17/2018, 12:48 pm Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

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

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