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Best BBQ Chicken Thighs with Honey-Orange BBQ Sauce

Best BBQ Chicken Thighs with Honey-Orange BBQ Sauce

Best BBQ Chicken Thighs with Honey-Orange BBQ Sauce

How do you feel about chicken thighs? Before you make a face, or tell me they’re too high in calories, or you only eat all-white chicken meat, hear me out. It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and I have a feeling Dad wants you to keep reading…

Here are my “Top five reasons why you should barbecue thigh-meat for Dad on Sunday” :

1. All of the cool kids are eating thighs. Not really, but they are regularly found on menus at upscale restaurants. Wait. What did Dad tell you about the cool kids?
Disregard this reason. Go on to reason #2…

2. It’s about 10 times more delicious and flavorful than a piece of white breast meat.
I am not lying. Don’t look at me that way. Do I sound like your dad?

3. Thighs are more difficult to over-cook than white meat. Always moist and delicious. I have never overcooked a piece of thigh meat. Not. one. time. It may be impossible to overcook thigh meat. Ask Dad about this. Most dads have a PHD (or equivalent) in grilling.

4. A thigh costs about 1/2 the price of white chicken meat. I paid about $4 for 8 thighs.
Dad loves it when you save $$$!!! He’ll be so proud.

5. And finally, reason #5 why you should cook thighs for Dad on his special day…He’ll love it.

Best BBQ Chicken Thighs with Honey-Orange BBQ Sauce
5 from 2 votes

Best BBQ Chicken Thighs with Honey-Orange BBQ Sauce

A Bountiful Kitchen



  • 4 tablespoons OJ concentrate from a frozen can, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce I prefer Very Teriyaki brand
  • 8 thighs bone in, skin removed
  • salt and pepper


  1. Whisk all sauce ingredients together in small bowl. Remove about 1/2 cup of sauce and set aside.
  2. Place thighs in a dish and salt and pepper generously on both sides. Spoon the 1/2 cup of reserved sauce over the chicken to coat well. The chicken may be stored in refrigerator up to two days before cooking in sauce.
  3. When ready to cook, remove chicken from refrigerator, and place on counter for about 1/2 hour.
  4. Coat grill with a light layer of oil or cooking spray. Heat grill to medium high heat. Place chicken on grill and cook for about 8-10 minutes per side. You may baste the chicken with the remaining sauce (that has been set aside and not used on the chickeor drizzle the sauce over the chicken after it is cooked, or serve it on the side.
  5. About 4 servings.
Best BBQ Chicken Thighs with Honey-Orange BBQ Sauce

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  1. We made this tonight and it was fantastic. I’m getting rid of my other grilled chicken recipes. This is the best!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for teaching me the magic of chicken thighs! Honestly—I used to feel so weird about meat off the bone. BUT, there is no denying it. Spending half the price on meat to make a meal everybody likes twice as much is just an equation I couldn’t ignore. Honestly. Magic.