When it comes to grilling chicken thighs you have 2 solid options, bone in or boneless. Both options are good and provide excellent flavor. Choose the boneless option to save some cooking time, or choose the bone in option for a bit more flavor and some extra juicy chicken. Either way, you win! Try it today on your Big Green Egg!
Yield: 6 chicken thighs
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 Minutes – Boneless | 15-20 Minutes – Bone In
Cook Temp: 450˚ - Direct Heat
- 1 ½ lb Chicken Thighs, Bone In or Boneless
- 2 tbsp Canola/Olive Oil Blend
- 4 tbsp Cluck Rub, 5280 Culinary
- 1-2 tbsp Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary
Grill and Tool Prep
- Wash all tools prior to use
- Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
- Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, starters and any cooking tools
- Stir charcoal in the Big Green Egg and top off with Fresh Charcoal
- Clean out ash pit if needed
- Open Bottom vent and top vent for maximum air flow during startup process
- Make a well in the center of the lump and ignite the charcoal using speedilight starters or an EGGniter
- Heat to temp of 450˚ and adjust lower and upper vents to hold at 450˚
Food Prep & Cooking
- Place chicken thighs in mixing bowl
- Add light oil to coat chicken
- Season to taste with Cluck Rub
- Mix well to combine and adjust seasoning as needed
- Allow to sit on the counter while grill reaches cooking temperature
- Burp Big Green Egg and Open dome
- Add chicken – MEAT or BONE side down first, add towards center, but not directly in the center of the grill grate
- Grill on the first side for 4-5 minutes (boneless) or 8-10 minutes (bone in), turn chicken over, move to the more indirect part of the grill grate and grill the second side for 4-5 minutes (boneless) or 8-10 minutes (bone in), or until desired doneness is reached
- If desired, Glaze during the last 3 minutes of cooking with BBQ Sauce or Honey
- Using tongs, remove chicken from the grill and bring into the kitchen. Allow to rest for 2-3 minutes
- When done, properly cool chicken down, uncovered. When cooled completely, cover and store
Extra Tips & Info
- Cluck Rub gives the a beautiful balsamic chicken finish
- The number one tool for grilling is a great thermometer
- Chicken thighs are dark meat, which is normally juicy to begin with, but will be even juicier bone in
- Start grilling toward the center, on direct heat, and then when you flip the chicken thighs, move them toward the edges to get a slower, less direct heat.
- When checking the heat of a bone in thigh, make sure the thermometer isn't touching the bone to make sure you get an accurate reading.
- It takes about 11 minutes for boneless and 20 minutes for bone in to cook, however, this cook time may vary depending on how large or small your chicken thighs are.
- Bone in chicken thighs might have a little pink around the bone, which is normal.
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Published on 3/8/2021.
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