So you are thinking about firing up the barbeque and cooking some meat, but what are you going to make? If you go to the grocery store you will see all kinds of tempting things from rib-eye steak to lamb leg steaks, seafood, and much more. In fact, there will be so many barbeque-worthy options it can be easy to overlook the humble chicken thigh, even though this piece of meat is so perfect for the barbeque! You can get frozen ones and thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or get fresh ones if you prefer.

Chicken thighs have plenty of fat content, at least compared to chicken breast, so not only will this keep them moist even if you overcook them a bit or have the heat too high, but when the fat drips on to the hot coals you will get plenty of smoke which of course adds to the flavor of your barbequed food. Chicken thighs are cheap too, about a tenth the price per pound of a good quality steak, which means this is a nice recipe to make for a crowd. Nobody will have anything to complain about when they sink their teeth into a juicy, smoky, fabulous-tasting chicken thigh. In fact they will think you are the best barbeque maestro ever.

Adding Flavor to the Chicken

The following recipe uses a combination of herbs and spices to bring out the beauty of your chicken thighs. There are plenty of chicken thigh marinades you could use but we like to use spice rubs sometimes, to get a different flavor. If you are considering a readymade spice rub take a look at the ingredients. You will probably see sugar on there or some kind of preservative or other chemical. This is why making your own is always better, because you are in full control of what goes into it.

Here we are adding tasty spice with paprika and black pepper, aromatic hints with oregano, cumin and thyme, and rounding out the taste with onion powder and salt. This spice rub is neither too spicy nor too sweet. In fact, it is really well balanced and certain to bring out the wonderful natural taste of your chicken thighs. If you do not have all the ingredients for the spice mixture or you wish to swap one or two of the ingredients for others, go ahead. You can even rub fresh minced onion and fresh minced garlic cloves into the chicken if you wish. Just use whatever you have and whatever you like. Let the spice rub sit on the chicken for several hours, either in a Ziploc bag or glass dish, so all those flavors can sink into the meat.

How to Serve These

Although the sky is the limit when it comes to side dish ideas, if you are making these for a 4th of July party or you want to offer all-American side dishes, consider mac and cheese, buttered biscuits and corn on the cob. Some salad leaves would add more color to the place and also offer some extra nutrients to the place. Potato salad would also work well with these barbequed chicken thighs, and you have plenty of time to make your own while the chicken is marinating in the spice mixture. Serve the chicken thighs hot from the barbeque or let them cool down for 5 minutes first if you prefer.

Chicken Thighs with a Sensational Spice Rub
Summary: Chicken thighs are underrated because they are cheap, delicious, juicy, and perfect for the grill, especially when you flavor them with a delicious homemade spice mix before cooking.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 5
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  • 10 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Combine the paprika, onion powder, oregano, cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  2. Rinse the chicken thighs and pat them dry.
  3. Rub the spice mixture over them.
  4. Put the chicken in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  5. Get the barbeque medium-hot.
  6. Barbeque the chicken for 10 minutes per side or until it is 180 degrees F in the thickest part.
  7. Have the lid down on the barbeque if yours has a lid.
  8. Serve the chicken thighs right away.

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Perfect for a 4th of July party or any occasion when you fancy heating up the barbeque and making something delicious, this spiced chicken thighs recipe is just amazing. They are not especially spicy unless you want to add a pinch of cayenne to the spice mix (which of course you can, along with chili powder) and they are sure to be moist and juicy. In the picture we are serving them with biscuits, mac and cheese and corn on the cob. Homemade coleslaw or potato salad would also be great side dishes for these chicken thighs, offering the perfect contrast.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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