Grilled Chicken Thighs

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs the “Cooking Secrets for Men” way. Our trick – start it in the oven and finish it on the grill.

Grille Chicken Thighs
Grilled Chicken Thighs

There are lots of things to love about chicken thighs, that is why so many people love them. The meat is delicious, moist, and flavorful because the fat keeps it that way. And it is hard to overcook.  With one simple tip, baking the chicken thighs first turns out perfect every time. We cook them with the skin on which ensures they never dry out.

But thighs can be easy to undercook. The minimum temperature for fully cooked chicken is 165 degrees. But sometimes when grilling, you think you nailed it. But when you serve them, some thighs have pink near the bone, or worse, it’s a little raw. Try our way to avoid that embarrassment.

When we talk about the flavor, chicken thighs are a clear winner! Chicken thighs have an intense flavor because they are dark meat. Whereas, boneless and skinless white meat of breasts, when cooked, can turn out to be dry and chewy. It might need extra herbs and oils to enhance the taste and fix the dryness.

BBQ Chicken Thighs

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs the “Cooking Secrets for Men” way. Our trick – start it in the oven and finish it on the grill.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: Grilling
Keyword: BBQ Chicken, Grilled Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 133.3kcal


  • Grill – Charcoal or Gas


  • 4 bone in Chicken Thighs
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Your favorite store-bought Bar-B-Que sauce


  • Pre heat the oven to 375
    375 degrees
  • Salt and pepper both sides of the thighs
    Salt Pepper Chicken Thighs
  • Put BBQ sauce on each thigh and brush sauce on top to cover the skin
    BBQ Sauce
  • Put in the oven (top 1/3 of the oven) and set timer for 35 minutes
    Chicken Thighs in Oven
  • While the thighs are cooking in the oven, pre heat your grill
    Grill Pre-Heating
  • At 30 minutes, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp of the chicken. If they around 165 degrees, take them out. If not put back in until they reach 165.
    Chix Thighs Thermometer
  • Take oven-cooked BBQ Chicken Thighs to grill. Place them skin side up for 1-2 minutes, until they get some grill marks
    Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs
  • Turn them over, skin side down, and cook for another minute or so.
    Grilled Chicken Thighs



Because most BBQ sauces have sugar in them, they will burn and char quickly on the grill.
Check frequently so they don’t get blackened.


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 133.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10.7g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63.3mg | Sodium: 406.7mg | Potassium: 292mg | Sugar: 4.7g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Turning the thighs over to get grill marks

You can serve these BBQ chicken thighs with a big green salad.  Or a big pile of roasted veggies (cooked in the oven at the same time as the chicken) is another great option. Keep the veggies warm in the oven while you finish the thighs on the grill.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs

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