This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
For a long time, whenever I grilled chicken, I stuck with chicken breasts or wings. But recently, I started grilling chicken thighs, and I don’t know why I didn’t start cooking them sooner!
Grilled chicken thighs are generally more fatty (read: flavorful) than breasts, and because of their dark meat, they naturally hold more of the marinade flavor.
Plus, chicken thighs tend to be quite a bit less expensive than breasts, so they’re a more affordable option for grilling.
Grilled Chicken Thighs Marinade
To get the most flavor from grilled chicken thighs, marinating is definitely the way to go.
There are a lot of different marinading options, but my favorite is a brown sugar glaze.
This super simple brown sugar glaze packs a ton of flavor, balancing savory and sweet in a way that is absolutely delicious.
The marinade starts with Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base, mixed with brown sugar, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar.
If you haven’t ever used Better Than Bouillon, it will become one of your favorite ingredients in your kitchen! My mom introduced it to me about 4 years ago, and it is a staple in my kitchen.
Better Than Bouillon is a concentrated paste that gives an incredible flavor boost to any grilled recipe.
You can also use Better Than Bouillon in place of canned broth, and since it has such a long shelf life and a little goes a long way, it’s another really economical choice.
Once you have your marinade ready, marinate chicken thighs for 30 minutes to 4 hours, storing the chicken in the fridge.
How to Cook Grilled Chicken Thighs
When you’re ready to grill, preheat the grill to 425 degrees and lightly oil the grill grate.
Cook chicken thighs on preheated grill for about 5 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with a Brown Sugar Glaze
- 8 chicken thighs boneless and skinless
- 2 tsp Roasted Garlic Base Better than Bouillon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
In a large bowl, whisk together Roasted Garlic Base Better than Bouillon, brown sugar, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. Reserve half of the marinade in a small container.
Add chicken thighs to remaining marinade and toss until chicken is coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 4 hours.
When ready to cook, preheat grill to 425 degrees and remove chicken from refrigerator.
Lightly oil the grill grates, then place the chicken thighs on the grill and cook 5 minutes. Flip, then cook the second side 5 minutes more, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Right before removing chicken from the grill, brush each side with reserved marinade.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Better Than Bouillon Come in Different Flavors?
Yep! Whether you’re grilling chicken, beef, fish, or veggies, Better Than Bouillon is a great option for flavoring. It comes in:
If you’re conscious about sodium intake, you can also find chicken, beef, and vegetable Better Than Bouillon in reduced sodium versions.
How do you use Better Than Bouillon in Place of Broth?
Whether you’re using chicken, beef, or vegetable Better Than Bouillon, you can substitute it for broth.
To make broth, mix 1 tsp of Better Than Bouillon for each cup of hot water.
This is perfect for any type of soup or stew.
Can I use other cuts of Chicken with this Marinade?
If you only have wings or breasts on hand, or just prefer them, you can certainly use this same brown sugar marinade!
Pin this to your favorite grilling board on Pinterest so you can grab the recipe every summer!
I love learning how to create things from scratch, so I know what ingredients go into everything from homemade face scrubs to clean eating recipes. I enjoy sharing my favorite recipes with other families so they can have a healthier home, too!