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Easy Chicken Thighs Marinade

This delicious honey mustard chicken thighs marinade infuses your chicken thighs with mustard, honey and a hint of lemon!
Prep 45 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Fat 14
Carbs 25
Protein 23
Yield 6


  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs (~6 thighs)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • ¼ medium white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives minced


  • Remove the chicken from the packaging and pat the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Prepare the chicken marinade by adding the apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, and honey to a bowl and whisk to combine. Drizzle the olive oil into the bowl while whisking until well combined. Add the garlic, white onion, and chives to the marinade and mix.
  • Set around 1/4 cup of marinade aside for glazing later. Then, place the chicken in a gallon sized bag or a deep dish and pour the marinade over the chicken thighs. Flip the chicken thighs over in the marinade so the chicken thighs are coated in the marinade.
  • Let the chicken sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Cook using the method of your choice.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes so that the internal temperature can rise to 165ºF before cutting into it.

Tips & Notes

  • We prefer to use boneless chicken thighs in this marinade recipe, but you can use bone-in thighs if you’d like.
  • We kept any onion that stuck to the chicken thighs on the thigh and it added a ton of flavor and texture.
  • Baking instructions: transfer the chicken thighs and the marinade into an oven-safe dish. Bake at 400ºF for around 18-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF - 165ºF.
  • Grilling instructions: preheat the grill to 400ºF and carefully rub your grill grates with oil. Grill chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes over direct heat on each side or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160ºF. About 1 minute before you take the thighs off the grill, brush them with the marinade you set aside. This will add so much flavor.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g