Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

Discover the delight of perfectly grilled chicken thighs with this simple yet exquisite recipe. This dish is ideal for beginners and seasoned cooks, designed for ease and bursting with flavor. Let’s transform ordinary chicken thighs into a crispy, juicy meal that will become a favorite at your table.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Grill Time: 20-24 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4 people


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
  • Fresh herbs (like thyme or rosemary) for garnish


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 375°F/190°C).
  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Rub the spice mixture evenly over both sides of the chicken thighs.
  5. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down on the grill. Grill for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Flip the chicken thighs and continue grilling for another 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  7. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.

Nutritional Information

NutrientAmount per Serving
Calories300 kcal
Protein25 g
Total Fat20 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Carbohydrates1 g
Fiber0 g
Sugar0 g
Sodium400 mg

Enjoy this delectable dish with your favorite side of vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete meal. Remember, the key to crispy skin is to ensure the chicken is dry before applying the spice rub and to not move the chicken too much while grilling. Happy grilling!