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Grilled Chicken Thigh Marinade

Easy grilled chicken thigh marinade combines coconut aminos, olive oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper for a naturally sweet and spicy flavor. Super versatile and goes with just about any side dish. Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thigh marinade for grilling, chicken thigh marinade grill, grilled chicken thighs marinade
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 278kcal
Author Kelly



  • Make the marinade. Add the coconut aminos, olive oil, garlic powder, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to a small bowl or jar and mix well to combine.
  • Marinate your chicken. Add chicken to a large baking dish or plastic bag and pour over marinate. Mix well to combine. If desired you can turn/mix chicken every few hours to ensure coating. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 8 hours.
  • Grill. Heat grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450 degrees). Once hot, place chicken close to direct heat and grill for 6-8 minutes. Flip and move to indirect heat (not directly over fire/coals) and cook for another 5-10 minutes depending on how thick your thighs are, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy! Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!



nutrition will depend on how fatty your chicken thighs are. Only 1/2 of the marinate is included in the nutrition since 1/2 of it is discarded.


Serving: 3.75ounces cooked | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.7g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3.2g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1.9mg