Grilled Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
about 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on, trimmed of excess fat
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • Few dashes cayenne pepper
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
Directions

Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. In a non-reactive baking dish large enough to hold all the chicken to marinate, whisk together the vegetable oil, citrus zests and juices, cayenne pepper and the thyme. Add the chicken thighs and turn to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to a couple hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat the grill. Remove the chicken from marinade and let excess drip back into dish. Place chicken on the hot grill, without overcrowding the pieces. Grill until fully cooked through, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes total, depending on how hot your grill is. Serve immediately.


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These were delicious! Now, I did use boneless, skinless thigh fillets, and I marinated them all day, and I used an on the stove top grill pan, and I used canola oil rather than vegetable as I always do for health reasons, all of which worked beautifully. Easy to do (use a microplaner for the citrus peel and most of the work can be done way ahead. I'd add a third or even fourth dash of cayenne next time -- and we don't like our food hot. It just could use another little boost. And if you like garlic, why not add a minced clove or two to the marinade? But it's an excellent citrus marinade just as it is, and whether you eat poultry skin or not or choose canola oil or not or like more cayenne or garlic is all a very personal choice, right? If you marinate all day with skinless, I can assure you, there's lots of wonderful citrus flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe.. I marinate over night and inject the excess liquid right to the bone to get a little extra flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a hit with the family. I think the next time I'll marinate it longer and maybe even add a little more taragon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
iam addicted to this recipe ,i make the best chicken ive ever tasted! add a dash of hot sauce! yum!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is one of my favorite things to grill. i usually use chicken thighs because i like dark meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed something to do with chicken thighs and this was perfect! Cook it close to the fire near the end to get that nice charred flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was super excited for this recipe. It was good but I have to agree with most of the other reviews...it did not have much flavor. I marinated for 4 hours and couldn't taste much of the marinade. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has a very strong citrus taste and that's fine, it just tastes a little one-dimensional. I even added some grated garlic, but it needs something to counterbalance the citrus. Maybe something creamy... not really sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor was so bland i marinated it for 1 hour and it took like 45 minutes to cook..so save your time and don't make it item not reviewed by moderator and published
It worked really well with skinless+boneless thighs. Just "grilled" it on a stove-top grill pan, and it tasted GREAT! Used a salt+garlic blend with it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would change to coconut or olive oil, as canola has its own health issues. Glad to know it worked with skinless thighs, thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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