The Best Grilled Chicken Thigh Marinade

October 18, 2021 9 Comments

This is the best chicken thigh marinade you’re ever going to try.

The Best Grilled Chicken Thigh Marinade

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

Do you want to know the best grilled chicken thigh marinade in the entire world? I mean it. I’m 100% serious.

No more bland, dry chicken that gets overlooked at the BBQ.

This recipe is the only one you’ll ever going to need. Because it truly is the best.

I make this at every tailgate or bbq I have and people go crazy for it.

I always get asked what the recipe is from everyone who tried it.

I’ve been making this chicken thigh marinade for over 10 years

I never deviated from the recipe or tried looking for another one.

This is the only one I’ve ever wanted to make.

This marinade is packed with flavor, perfect on chicken thighs and made for the grill.

I know if you try if for yourself you’ll see why this is the best grilled chicken thigh marinade ever.

Do I have to use chicken thighs?

No, you don’t necessarily have to.

I like them because they’re more flavorful than chicken breasts.

They also hold up on the grill very nicely. That’s the great thing about dark meat.

It’s hard to overlook and fry them out.

Breasts on the other hand can dry out very quickly.

If you want to make sure your chicken is the juiciest it can be, use the thighs.

Do I really need to marinate it that long?

If you like this Grilled Chicken Thigh Marinade you’d probably also love my Chicken Teriyaki & Italian Skirt Steak Marinade. Give them both a try and let me know what you think.

Heres the video of how I make the best grilled chicken thigh marinade ever!

Grilled Chicken Thigh Marinade

The absolute best chicken thigh marinade you’ll ever try.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thighs, marinade.
Author: Al Dente Diva


  • grill
  • skewers


  • 2-3 Pounds Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Dijon Muatard
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
  • 5 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs Pepper


  • Cut the chicken thighs into 1 inch cubes & place them in a medium sized rectangular dish.
  • Add all of the ingredients and mix until the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Skewer the chicken onto wooden or metal skewers and place back into the marinating dish.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to marinate over night.
  • Take the chicken out of the refrigerator while you set up the grill.
  • Grill the chicken over direct heat until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°
  • Serve warm

Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous October 24, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this chicken recipe. The flavor is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    • Al Dente Diva October 24, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      Absolutely my pleasure! So glad you liked it

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  • Anonymous May 11, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    I love this chicken marinade! I have made it so many times the only problem is I have no idea what to serve i with. I tried salad and potatoes but it doesn’t go. Any recommendations?

    • Al Dente Diva May 18, 2023 at 4:25 pm

      Hi! I usually make this for bbq’s. So whatever sides are there usually work- grilled veggies, pasta salad, stuff like that. Thank you so much for giving it a try!!

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