My mom made these BBQ chicken thighs for dinner and they were so tender and flavorful. Everyone was raving about the chicken.

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My mom made these BBQ chicken thighs for Easter dinner and they were so tender and flavorful. Everyone was raving about the chicken. I literally overheard my mom get props for the chicken at least 5 times.

I jotted down the recipe before heading home and was craving this grilled chicken for the next few days. I re-created it just as soon as I could. I was really craving that chicken! I love that you can prep them ahead of time and just toss ’em on the grill when you’re ready; making them perfect for parties.

You’ll want to marinate the chicken at least 6 hours and it’s best to let them marinate overnight. I’m sharing the detailed grilling and baking methods for this chicken so read on. This is an easy, excellent recipe!

Ingredients for the Tastiest BBQ Chicken:

3 lbs (about 10 count) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Sea Salt (about 1 tsp)
Pepper (about 1/4 tsp or to taste)
Mrs. Dash Seasoning (about 1 tsp), plain or garlic variety, or your favorite seasoning
Garlic Powder (about 1/2 tsp)
1 Tbsp Real Mayo
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
BBQ Sauce (Homemade or we love Stubb’s Original)

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Marinating the Meat:

1. Season both sides of chicken thighs to taste. I used a total of 1 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Turn the chicken to coat evenly with seasoning.

2. Stir in 1 Tbsp Mayo and mix the chicken until evenly coated.

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3. Add thick-sliced onion and toss everything together. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and marinate 6 hours or overnight.

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Grilling Method:

1. Preheat the grill and generously brush grill plates with oil. Reduce heat to low and place chicken thighs with a smooth side up.

2. Cover the grill and cook for 12-15 minutes. I rotated them once to make criss-cross grill marks. Before flipping the thighs, baste them with BBQ Sauce.

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3. Flip thighs over, baste the flip side with BBQ sauce then cover and cook for another 12-15 minutes, rotating once to make grill marks. Check for doneness by cutting the thicker part of the chicken. If juices run clear then its done.

Flip the chicken again, coat it with BBQ sauce and remove from the grill. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Baking Method:

Preheat Oven to 400˚F.

1. Place Chicken thighs flat with the smooth side up, spaced out in a single layer on a large rimmed baking dish. Bake at 400˚F for 30 mins.

2. Increase heat to 450˚ and Remove chicken from oven to brush the tops and sides generously with BBQ sauce. Return chicken to the oven another 5 minutes or until glaze has dried slightly onto the chicken.

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Juicy Barbecued Chicken Thighs Recipe

4.87 from 45 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
These BBQ chicken thighs are so tender and flavorful. I love that you can prep them ahead of time and just toss 'em on the grill when you're ready; making them perfect for parties. You'll want to marinate the chicken at least 6 hours and it's best to let them marinate overnight.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 3 lbs about 10 count boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Sea Salt, about 1 tsp
  • Pepper, about 1/4 tsp or to taste
  • Mrs. Dash Seasoning, about 1 tsp, plain or garlic variety, or your favorite seasoning
  • Garlic Powder, about 1/2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp Real Mayo
  • 1 medium onion, thickly sliced
  • BBQ Sauce

Instructions

Marinating the Meat:

  • Season both sides of chicken thighs to taste. I used a total of 1 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Turn the chicken to coat evenly with seasoning.
  • Stir in 1 Tbsp Mayo and mix the chicken until evenly coated.
  • Add thick-sliced onion and toss everything together. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and marinate 6 hours or overnight.

Grilling Method:

  • Preheat the grill and generously brush grill plates with oil. Reduce heat to low and place chicken thighs with a smooth side up.
  • Cover the grill and cook for 12-15 minutes. I rotated them once to make criss-cross grill marks. Before flipping the thighs, baste them with BBQ Sauce.
  • Flip thighs over, baste the flip side with BBQ sauce then cover and cook for another 12-15 minutes, rotating once to make grill marks. Check for doneness by cutting the thicker part of the chicken. If juices run clear then its done. Flip the chicken again, coat it with BBQ sauce and remove from the grill. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Baking Method: Preheat Oven to 400˚F.

  • Place Chicken thighs flat with the smooth side up on a large rimmed baking dish, spaced out in a single layer. Bake at 400˚F for 30 mins.
  • Increase heat to 450 and Remove chicken from oven to brush the tops and sides generously with BBQ sauce. Return chicken to the oven another 5 minutes or until glaze has dried slightly onto the chicken.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecued Chicken Thighs
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
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  • Annie
    June 21, 2024

    Another winner from Natasha’s Kitchen! We absolutely loved this recipe with bone/skin on chicken thighs. Our oven was not working, so we used the grill as our oven and cooked in our large cast iron skillet. We finished the thighs on on the grill. Love that you can prep this the day before.

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  • Diane Marie Mckeon
    July 14, 2023

    Looks yummy. Can I finish in an Air Fryer to keep the heat out of the house or just finish on the grill?

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  • Samantha
    June 27, 2023

    Wondering What do you do with the onions- are they grilled along w/ the chicken?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 27, 2023

      They were just for the marinade.

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  • Dallas
    February 23, 2023

    Honestly, I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it sounds amazing. The use of Mayo is something I never thought of for the grill, but it makes perfect since. Genius!
    I have used Mayo and dry onion mix together as a binder for oven baked chicken with bread crumbs and it really works well.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2023

      You’re very welcome. I hope you can try this recipe soon!

      Reply

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