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Chicken Thigh Marinade

Easy Chicken Thigh Marinade

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This chicken thigh marinade makes juicy, perfectly seasoned thighs! It’s easy to whip up and works for grilled or baked.


  • 8 large or 12 small chicken thighs, boneless skinless or bone-in, skin-on (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice*
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or a1 sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme and kosher salt.
  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Add the chicken to a container and pour on the marinade. Use your hands to evenly cover the chicken with the marinade. If using skin-on chicken thighs, make sure to use your fingers to get the marinade under the skin. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375°F to 450°F).
  4. Grill the chicken thighs smooth side down until grill marks appear and it releases from the grates, 5 to 6 minutes for small thighs and 6 to 8 for large thighs. Flip and cook until the internal temperature is 165°F, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Remove to a platter and cover with foil. Rest for 5 minutes for maximum juiciness. Taste and if desired, add a few more pinches of salt to taste.


*If you don’t have a fresh lemon, substitute the same amount white wine vinegar or rice vinegar. 

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Chicken
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Chicken thigh marinade, marinade for chicken thighs, marinade for grilled chicken thighs