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Smoked chicken thighs on a plate
4.88 from 8 votes

Smoked Chicken Thighs

These smoked chicken thighs are marinated in a flavorful marinade and end up with crispy skin and juicy meat. 
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 2 hours
Total 2 hours 30 minutes
Fat 18
Carbs 12
Protein 36
Yield 6


  • 2 lbs. bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Prepare the marinade.
    Mix all the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Worchestershire, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Whisk ingredients together and set aside. 
  • Remove excess moisture from the chicken thighs with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and massage the salt and pepper into the chicken thighs (including under the skin). 
  • Place the chicken thighs into a gallon size bag or a casserole dish and pour the marinade over the chicken. Be sure the chicken thighs are submerged in the marinade. Let the chicken thighs marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight for the most flavorful chicken thighs). 
  • When you have 30 minutes left of marinating time preheat the smoker to 275ºF.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and remove the thighs from the marinade. Let the access marinade drip from the chicken thighs. 
  • Place the chicken thighs skin side up in the smoker. Smoke the chicken thighs for 2-2.5  hours total (depending on how big the chicken thighs are) at 275ºF. Check the internal temperature after 1 hour and flip the chicken thighs over to the other side. Cover and continue cooking for 1-1.5 more hours.  
  • Remove the chicken legs from the smoker once the internal temperature reaches 160-165ºF. 
  • Let rest for 5 minutes and then enjoy!

Tips & Notes

  • We used Traeger's signature blend pellets, but an applewood would be delicious as well. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 18g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g