Grilled Chili Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are generally quite inexpensive. Especially if you purchase them on sale. I like grilling them during the Summer because they don’t dry out. I keep the skin on when I grill them but you don’t have to. Go ahead and remove the skin if you prefer but make sure you oil the grill before you place the chicken on it.

These chicken thighs are permeated with chili flavor and make for a quick and delicious grilled summer meal. You will need to marinade the chicken for at least one hour so plan accordingly. This is what you are going to need:

8 chicken thighs
2 TBS chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp salt

Rinse and pat dry the chicken thighs.

In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients.

Rub the thighs with spices and refrigerate, covered, for at least one hour.

Heat the grill on high. Turn half of it off and place the chicken thighs, skin side down, on the unlit side. If you are working with charcoal, heat the coals and scoop them to one side. Place the chicken on the side that has no coals. Sear the chicken skins and flip. Cook the thighs for a good 30 minutes until they are completely cooked through or a meat thermometer registers 165 to 170 degrees.

Serve your chicken with any side you prefer. We had ours with parsley fingerling potatoes and a salad.

Print the Grilled Chili Chicken Thigh Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • May 1, 2011


    can you roast these legs? I don’t have a grill, and I never thought of chili flavored legs. Sounds good.

  • May 2, 2011


    Absolutely! Go ahead and cook these in the oven. Delish! Thanks for coming by!
    Mary Ann