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Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

8 8 8
WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Marinate Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Grilled chicken thighs are marinated in beer, onions, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup resulting in incredibly delicious, juicy, and tender chicken.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 267


For the Marinade

  • 2 to 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce finely chopped, use more peppers for spicier taste, or use less for those that prefer a milder marinade
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced OR grated
  • 12 ounces your favorite beer
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, use sugar free maple syrup whenever possible
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Chicken


  • In a large mixing bowl combine chopped chipotle peppers, onions, beer, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, oil, maple syrup, and salt; whisk until completely incorporated.
  • Place pineapple rings in a ziploc bag and add ½-cup of the prepared marinade to the pineapples. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Place chicken thighs in a large 1 gallon ziploc bag.
  • Remove ½-cup of the marinade to use for later. Keep refrigerated.
  • Add the remaining marinade to the chicken thighs; seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to 400˚F.
  • Remove chicken thighs from ziploc; discard the marinade. Let thighs sit at room temperature while preheating the grill.
  • Brush the grill grates with oil.
  • Transfer chicken thighs to the hot grill and place over direct heat; cook undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken over; brush with the reserved marinade and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature registers at 165˚F. Brush on more of the reserved marinade while the chicken is cooking.
  • Remove chicken from grill and set aside for 5 minutes before serving. Keep covered.
  • While the chicken is cooking or resting, grill the pineapples on both sides until grill marks appear; about 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Place chicken thighs on a plate and serve with the pineapple rings.


  • NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION NOTE: Since we are not actually consuming all of the marinade, there IS an overestimation of the nutrition information.
  • FOR THOSE FOLLOWING WW, the points for the chicken thighs and the pineapple rings amount to 5, and the marinade points are 3. 
Nutrition Facts
Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken thigh + 1 pineapple ring)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 386mg11%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 243IU5%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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