I've got a super easy and gourmet grilled chicken thigh recipe for you. Remember a while back when I posted my favorite balsamic vinaigrette? This is my go-to salad dressing that I use for almost all my salads. Well, guess what? It also makes a fantastic marinade as well. Mix the dressing, which only takes a few minutes, then pour it over your chicken thighs and let it sit overnight. Next day simply fire up the grill and you'll be eating amazing rosemary balsamic grilled chicken thighs in no time.
Grilled Chicken Thighs for Dinner are a Must-Have in My House
One of the best parts about this recipe is that it's not too expensive to make. You probably already have olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and dijon mustard on hand. Just pick up some fresh rosemary and chicken thighs and you're almost there. Ever since I bought my new grill I have been cooking outside a lot more. I mean, a LOT. Normally, I throw my bone-in chicken thighs in the oven to bake, but when you use indirect heat on your grill to cook the thighs all the way through you get the best of both worlds. Succulent chicken with amazing flavor and the char from the grill. And before you do your prep, be sure to check out my video on how to trim the fat from chicken thighs.
How to Grill Chicken Thighs Using Direct and Indirect Heat
If you saw my post where I made those fabulous Brined Pork Chops on the Grill w/Plum Compote you will remember that I used direct and indirect heat to cook those as well. For the pork chops, I used the method where you move the chops to the second tier shelf inside the grill to cook with indirect heat.
For my rosemary balsamic grilled chicken thighs, I'm doing it the other way. I turned the left side of my grill on to cook the chicken on direct heat for four minutes on each side.
Then I moved them to the right side of my grill (which was not turned on) to finish cooking for 15 minutes. The left side of the grill remains on so you still have the heat source to cook the chicken. And of course grills are different so just make sure you take the internal temperature of the chicken. When it hits 165 degrees you're good to go.
Rosemary Balsamic Grilled Chicken Thighs Are a Great Healthy Meal Option
This is a really simple meal and you can pair it with a number of healthy sides. I happen to love asparagus so I just quickly steamed some in a pan. You could do broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots or whatever you like! A side salad would work great here too or if you don't have too much time: a box of rice pilaf will do in a pinch.
I've always found that I grill more in the summer since I live in Massachusetts and winters can get a bit brutal. However, in recent winters I have cleared a small path to my grill with my snowblower. If there is one season more prone to food ruts I would say it's winter. Keeping your grill alive is one way to change it up on those chilly nights and at least make an attempt to eat something a little healthier.
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