Crispy Old Bay Grilled Chicken Thighs

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These crispy Old Bay grilled chicken thighs are our very favorite way of grilling chicken! If you are a longtime reader then you will know that Mike and I love using Old Bay seasoning, it is one of the tastiest and easiest seasonings around. This is an easy recipe that the whole family will love!

If you love Old Bay, then try my buttery Old Bay steamed shrimp recipe or use it in my air fryer chicken recipe!

grilled chicken thighs and a kitchen tong on a baking pan
Crispy Old Bay Grilled Chicken Thighs

Grilled Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs will skin on are the best piece of chicken to grill, without a doubt. I tend to also use bone-in chicken thighs, there have been countless articles about why it’s so much better to cook bone-in chicken, the least of which is flavor!

For this grilled chicken recipe use bone-in and SKIN ON chicken to get the BEST chicken you’ll ever place on the grill!

Only Two Ingredients!

I don’t lie when I tell you guys that a recipe is easy, this chicken recipe is TWO INGREDIENTS: chicken thighs and Old Bay seasoning!

tongs holding a piece of cooked grilled chicken thigh

How to Grill Chicken Thighs

I promised that this is an easy recipe, and now I’ll prove it! All you have to do to make these is:

  • Pat the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Season the skin on the top AND bottom of the chicken thighs quite heavily with Old Bay. See my photos for an example of how much to use. A nice coat of seasoning is the best, as some will come off with the grease from the skin while cooking.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400 °F) and brush the grate lightly with oil if needed.
  • Place the chicken on the grill, leaving room between them.
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 185°F. (see my rant below on this) You can turn the chicken as needed depending on if your barbecue has hot spots or not.
  • Remove and plate the chicken.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

baking pan with raw, seasoned coated chicken thighs
How Much Seasoning to Put on the Chicken Thighs

How to Bake These Chicken Thighs

You can absolutely make these in the oven too!

  • Pat the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Season the skin on the top AND bottom of the chicken thighs heavily with Old Bay.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F. Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet, leaving room between them.
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 185°F.
  • Remove and plate the chicken.
  • Serve and enjoy!

can of Old Bay seasoniong

The REAL Proper Internal Temperature to Cook Chicken Thighs To

If I have said it once, I will say it again – you do NOT cook chicken thighs to only 165 °F. If you see that in a recipe, run the other way. Countless chefs and cooks that are far more talented than I am have explained why you need to cook chicken thighs to 185 °F and up.  

Cooking them to 185°F yields the most tender, juicy meat that you will ever eat, and if you click that link above Cooks Illustrated will tell you all the science behind it! And they aren’t the only ones, most restaurant chefs and cooks know this method, it’s not a secret.

It’s honestly my pet peeve when recipes tell you to cook them to 165°F, that’s a warning sign that they really haven’t created a recipe that is going to get YOU the best meal that you can for your family, and use your precious (expensive!) ingredients the best way possible! And I see it ALL THE TIME on recipes. Drives me bonkers! (ok, rant over)

grilled chicken thighs in a baking pan for serving

Tips and Tricks for Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • Cooking the chicken upside down on the grill is another Cooks Illustrated trick, but I have a grill that reduces flare-ups so I don’t grill mine skin side down. If you choose to try this, oil your grate really well so that the skin doesn’t stick.
  • Always cook to 185 °F at the minimum!
  • Overseason the chicken slightly so that you don’t lose the seasoning when the fat drips off.
  • Try to use chicken thighs that are all the same size.
  • Using skinless chicken thighs does not work as well when grilling, the outside meat becomes tough and dry. If it’s to reduce calories, simply remove the skin after cooking. But man, the skin in this recipe is the best part!

6 grilled chicken thighs on the barbecue

More Chicken Thigh Recipes

We love a good chicken thigh recipe in this house! Try my:

 

Happy cooking everyone! Hope you try this, it honestly is our ” don’t know what to make for dinner” recipe that we use all the time! Everyone loves it, it’s easy and we always have the two ingredients on hand.

Love,

Karlynn

 

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Crispy Old Bay Grilled Chicken Thighs

These fast and easy grilled chicken thighs are juicy, tender, mouthwateringly delicious and only two ingredients! This will soon be a new family favorite!

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
American
Servings
4
Calories
508
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 8 medium chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken thighs with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Season the skin on the top AND bottom of the chicken thighs heavily with Old Bay.

  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400 °F) and brush the grate lightly with oil if needed.
  4. Place the chicken on the grill, leaving room between them. Turn the chicken as needed or move if your BBQ has hot posts. I don't cook mine skin side down, they crisp up perfectly without flipping them over.

  5. Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 185°F.
  6. Remove and plate the chicken.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe has 2 thighs per person as a serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 508kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 221mg, Sodium: 175mg, Potassium: 493mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 291IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Brad says

    Stupid easy and delicious! Be sure to bake to 185*. A meat thermometer is essential.5 stars

    • Karlynn says

      Glad you liked it! It’s so easy and a go-to when I don’t know what to make for dinner!5 stars

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