Rusty Chicken Thighs

Rusty Chicken Thighs

Chef John 21728

"I'm going to show you how to make this incredibly simple and highly effective grilled chicken marinade. It's so perfect and juicy and flavorful. It's an overall gorgeous way to grill chicken."


3 h 40 m servings 194 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 10.8 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 19.5 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 311 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mash garlic to a paste with a mortar and pestle. Mix chile pepper sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, mayonnaise, and rice vinegar into garlic until marinade is thoroughly combined.
  2. Transfer chicken thighs to a large flat container (such as a baking dish) and pour marinade over chicken; stir until chicken is coated. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 3 hours; if preferred, let stand about 30 minutes at room temperature. Unwrap dish and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Preheat charcoal grill to high heat.
  4. Place chicken thighs onto the hot grill with smooth sides down. Cook until chicken shows grill marks, about 3 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook until other side shows grill marks, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook, moving them occasionally and turning over every 2 minutes, until meat is no longer pink inside and the thighs are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Transfer chicken to a platter, let rest for 5 minutes, and serve garnished with lime wedges.
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  1. 79 Ratings


Other half said he liked that it was juicy and I did too, BUT.....the flavor was so boring and the marinade smelled weird. The maple with the soy and mayo was pointless since it really added not...

This looked like an odd marinade, and it was. Personally, I think you'll get a better marinade if you leave out the mayo and maple syrup, up the garlic by two more cloves (and mince them) and ad...

Am going to try this for supper tonight. Wondering if the bad reviews came from people using Miracle Whip or spread instead of "real" Mayo. Mixed up the marinade and it smells fine, will see ho...

I made this last night for a family get together. It was too dark to bar-b-que, so I baked it. It was sooooo delicious! I used chicken breasts(S/B)and thighs - put the breasts in first, then wh...

I thought this was actually quite good. I am a fan of Chef John and while this is different from any marinade I have made, my family really enjoyed it and I know I will make it again. Sometimes ...

Made this tonight and it was awesome! Used honey instead of maple syrup,because my wife doesn't like maple...great tasting recipe. Definitely a keeper!

Easy to make. We thought it had good flavor. If you are expecting a normal barbecue flavor, of course this isn't for you. A sweet, tangy flavor. A welcome change for chicken. I broiled it.

Very tasty! We really liked this recipe. Chicken was tender and moist. Sweet yet spicy flavor. This was a big hit at my house! Thank you!

I decided to try this recipe, mainly because I had all the ingredients on hand. We LOVED it. I followed the recipe as written, and used the quick marinade method (on the countertop in a ziploc...