How To Cook Chicken Thighs On A Traeger

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This recipe is one of my all time favorite BBQ Eats, That’s right… BBQ Chicken Thighs.  Add the mayonnaise binder and you’re in for a flavorful adventure.  Don’t like Mayo?  No worries, use oil instead.

How To Cook Chicken Thighs On A Traeger

Ace's Grilling Expert, Chef Jason, has created an easy and delicious way to smoke boneless chicken thighs on your pellet grill. Enjoy this crowd pleasing recipe!

Yield: 5-6 chicken thighs
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes – Boneless
Cook Temp: 425˚ F
Print Recipe: Traeger Chicken Thighs


Measure   Ingredient                                          
2 lb                  Chicken Thighs, Boneless and Skinless                                                                    
¼ cup             Mayonnaise, Regular
3 tbsp             Oil, Canola/Olive Blend                                       
6-8 tbsp          Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                                     
2 tbsp             Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary                                  

Preparation Directions:

Wash all tools prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to and after use
Wash hands before and after handling any raw meat
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, starters and any cooking tools
Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner
Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets
Set Traeger to 425˚ F, hit enter and hit ignite
While Traeger is heating up – prep chicken thighs as follows
Place chicken thighs (rough side up) in Mixing Bowl
Add ¼ cup of mayonnaise to the bowl and mix to coat evenly
** If you don’t like mayonnaise substitute 3 tbsp canola/olive blend oil
Season to taste with Oink rub
Mix well to combine and adjust seasoning as needed
Allow to sit on the counter while grill reaches cooking temperature
Add chicken – Smooth side down first
Grill on the first side for 6 minutes and then flip the chicken thighs to the second side
Cook on the second side for 6-9 minutes or until temp reaches 165˚ F
Using tongs, remove chicken from the grill and bring into the kitchen.  Allow to rest for 2-3 minutes
Drizzle with fire honey


Shelf life is 2 days for fully cooked chicken– use leftovers for tacos, burritos or a quick heat and go chicken sandwich.  Discard chicken after 2 days if un-used
  BBQ Supplies:
Traeger Timberline, Large                                                          Ace SKU – 8037251
Reserve Blend Pellets                                                                    Ace SKU – 8015887
Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                                                              Ace SKU – 8562043
Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary                                                          Ace SKU - 8017719
Published on 5/3/2022.
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