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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze – Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection!

Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs Recipe

It’s time to crack open the grill and make room for these delicious Grilled Chicken Thighs! They are a little spicy, a bit of sweet and sticky, and a whole lot of amazing!

Similar to my Spicy Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs, this grilled chicken thighs recipe is also packed with bold flavors that even the pickiest of eaters will want to dive right in.

Okay, first of all, let’s pause for a moment of reflection on the fact that summer, technically, is one week away. Let’s also pause for a minute and say a prayer for all those Moms/Dads/Grandparents/Caregivers that work from home and their kids are OFF for the summer  Thank You! 

And so usually the answer to my decision on what to make for dinner on any given summer-night is, chicken on the grill.  With Grilled Corn on the side. AND Grilled Peach Shortcakes!

Anyways, let’s discuss chicken THIGHS and how to grill ’em!

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze - Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze - Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 

How to Grill Chicken Thighs

The important steps to really juicy grilled chicken thighs include a really good marinade, trimmed fat, and a hot grill.

Getting the best grilled chicken thighs requires just a bit of preparation to make the best tasting thighs that you can make.

  • First and foremost, trim the fat. Pockets of fat cause flare-ups when they hit the grill thus it’s best to trim away any excess fat pockets.
  • Second most important, if not THE MOST important thing is the marinade and/or glaze. Our delicious chicken marinade, which is also used as a sweet glaze, consists of light brown sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce, garlic, seasonings and herbs.
  • As little as 30 minutes of marinating helps get the best taste out of the chicken thighs, but it’s better to leave them in the marinade for up to 4 hours in the fridge. I make a bit extra on the side so that we can also use it as a glaze or even a dipping sauce.
  • Third, prepare the grill by preheating it to a medium-high heat. I almost always grill the chicken thighs at around 400F to 425F.
  • Before placing the chicken thighs on the grill, please grease the grates with cooking oil.
  • Finally, chicken thighs will need at least 11 to 15 minutes on the grill, depending on their size, but I suggest using a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are thoroughly cooked at 165F, but I do not remove them from the grill until they’ve reached a temperature of around 170F to 175F. It’s a personal preference because I find the dark meat to still be a bit tough when cooked to an internal temperature of 165F.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze - Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 

Cook’s Notes

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are a good choice because they cook quickly and don’t dry out even if they are a little overcooked.
  • The chicken marinade would be just as good brushed onto boneless, skinless chicken breasts, or even wings and drumsticks.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and left in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze - Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze - Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze

Katerina | Diethood
Juicy, savory-sweet brown sugar glazed chicken thighs grilled to a tender perfection! 
5 from 19 votes
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Refrigeration Time 30 mins
Total Time 52 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
FOR THE BROWN SUGAR MARINADE/GLAZE
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon or to taste sriracha hot sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions
 

FOR THE CHICKEN
  • Arrange chicken thighs in a large mixing bowl or dish and set aside.
FOR THE BROWN SUGAR MARINADE/GLAZE
  • Whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, oil, vinegar, hot sauce, garlic, basil, ginger, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Reserve 1/3 cup of the marinade mixture for later use; pour the remaining of the marinade mixture over the chicken thighs.
  • Cover and place chicken thighs in the fridge for 30 minutes, and up to 4 hours.
  • When ready to cook, remove chicken from fridge and let sit in room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat; about 400F to 425F.
  • Brush grill grates with oil.
  • Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade.
  • Place the chicken on the grill over direct heat and cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and grill until the second side is browned, 5 minutes more, or until cooked through and internal temperature is at least 165F.
  • When the chicken is nearly cooked through, brush on the reserved marinade/glaze on both sides of the chicken thighs and continue to cook until done.
  • Remove from grill and set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Serve.

Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 11

Nutrition

Serving: 2 chicken thighs | Calories: 407 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 45 g | Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 214 mg | Sodium: 638 mg | Potassium: 625 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 23 g | Vitamin A: 55 IU | Vitamin C: 3.1 mg | Calcium: 49 mg | Iron: 2.6 mg | Net Carbs: 25 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken marinade, chicken thighs recipe, grilled chicken thighs, how to cook chicken thighs
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57 comments on “Grilled Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar Glaze”

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Absolutely! Make sure to use boneless thighs and cook in a preheated oven at 425˚F for about 35 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Half way through cooking, baste the chicken with the liquid.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Yes, absolutely, but those will need less time to cook through. If you can, use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness. Chicken is done when internal temperature registers at 165˚F.

    2. This is an amazing g recipe…..hit with kids and adults so yummy!!
      People are asking me for the recipe!

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