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Cilantro Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Thighs

Cilantro Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Thighs

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  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 6
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 41 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


These Cilantro Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Thighs are so delicious and addicting. The marinade is so simple and easy yet makes the most flavorful and satisfyingly zesty chicken thighs ever.


  • 12 Chicken Thighs, bone in and skin on
  • 4 Lemons, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cilantro Bunch (or 1 cup packed)
  • 8 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Pepper (or to taste)


  1. In a blender (l used our Vitamix), add the lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper then blend until well mixed.
  2. Using a knife or fork, pierce the uncooked chicken to allow the marinade to seep in locking in moisture and flavor.
  3. Place the chicken thighs (6 at a time) in a shallow containers or sealable plastic bags and pour the marinade evenly over them.
  4. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  5. Place the marinated chicken thighs on the grates of a pre-heated to 450 degrees F and slightly oiled grill. Baste with leftover marinade.
  6. Grill on low-medium heat for around 15-17 minutes on each side. Gently pay attention not to force the turn in case the chicken is still sticking to the grill. You should allow enough time initially for the meat to separate itself naturally from the grates. Make sure chicken thighs are thoroughly cooked and reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  7. Turn and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes if needed for desired skin crispiness or until you see the glorious grill marks all around.
  8. Enjoy with your favorite sides such as these Italian Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes and Fresh & Light Authentic Lebanese Tabbouleh.


  • Serving Size: 2 Chicken Thighs
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 1223mg
  • Fat: 26.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 27.74g
  • Cholesterol: 102g

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