grilled chicken thighs on plate

BBQ Grilled Chicken Thighs

These are truly the best grilled chicken thighs on the internet. They are made with double the flavor thanks to a dry rub and bbq sauce and have perfectly crispy skin with super juicy meat.

Prep: 45 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour
Fat 18 Carbs 4 Protein 25
Yield 4 1x


  • 1 lb. bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/41/3 cup bbq sauce (your favorite kind)


  1. Begin by taking out the chicken thighs and pat each one with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  2. Next, add the garlic powder, chipotle powder, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt into a small bowl and mix all the spices together.
  3. Pour the spices over the chicken thighs and massage the thighs with the spices and be sure that each chicken thigh is covered with spices.
  4. Let the chicken thighs sit for at least 30 minutes in the spices (longer is always better). This will help get the juices get flowing and flavor the meat.
  5. While the chicken is sitting, preheat the grill to 400ºF and make sure there is indirect and direct grilling space on the grill.
  6. When the chicken is ready, place the chicken on the grill skin side down over direct heat for 4-5 minutes to crisp up the chicken skin.
  7. Flip the chicken and cook the chicken for another 4-5 minutes.
  8. Lastly, flip the chicken one more time (skin up) and move it to indirect heat.
  9. Add a tablespoon or so of BBQ sauce to each chicken thigh and spread out the sauce evenly over the thighs.
  10. Close the grill and let the BBQ sauce caramelize for 2-3 more minutes and then remove the thighs from the grill.
  11. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then enjoy with more BBQ sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • BBQ sauce- the BBQ sauce is going to add a lot of flavor to your thighs. So, make sure you like your bbq sauce. If you like it sweet, use a sweeter sauce and if you like it spicy/smokey, us a spicy sauce.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 264 Sugar: 2 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 4 Fiber: 0 Protein: 25
Author: Linley RichterCategory: ChickenMethod: GrillCuisine: American

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