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Honey Bourbon Grilled Chicken Thighs

Learn how to grill Chicken Thighs tossed in a honey bourbon sauce that are packed full of sweet and salty flavor and grilled to a crispy golden brown.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine american, western, gluten free
Keyword How to Grill Chicken Thighs
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 227kcal


  • ¾ cup (175 milliliters) barbeque sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Frank’s red hot sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 6 chicken thighs bone in


  • Mix barbeque sauce, honey, bourbon, lemon juice, Frank’s Hot Sauce and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  • Trim excess fat from the chicken if needed. Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and mix to coat the meat.
  • Allow chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  • Use this time to preheat your grill or gridle pan up to medium - high heat. You may also use a charcoal grill for indirect grilling.
  • If using a grill or gridle pan, sear the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the skin is light brown. If using a charcoal grill, use direct heat to grill for 3-4 minutes each side or until the skin is light brown.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low on the grill or gridle pan and cover the grill or grill pan and cook chicken until it reaches 165F/ 75C with a meat thermometer. Instead of finishing the meat on the grill or grill pan, you may want to transfer chicken thighs to charcoal grill over indirect heat and cook until chicken reaches 165F/75C.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate once finished cooking and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Recipe Tips

  • To make this grilled chicken thighs bone-in recipe healthier and lower the calorie count, remove the skin from the chicken before marinating. 
  • If your barbeque sauce is too sweet, add ½ - 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and taste it again. 
  • If your sauce isn’t sweet enough, add a little extra honey. 
  • For maximum flavor, marinate the chicken thighs for up to 24 hours ahead of time in the refrigerator. 
  • If you prefer “fall off the bone” kind of chicken thighs, add a few extra minutes to get your chicken to 180-190F/ 82-88C internal temperature. 
  • To make this chicken recipe safer for kids or alcohol-free, simply omit the bourbon and use one of the substitutes instead. 

Weight Watchers Points 

There are 7 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving. 

Serving Suggestions 


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg