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Rusty Chicken Thighs

Rusty Chicken Thighs

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Chef John

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.

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  • Calories:
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 10.8 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 19.5 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 359 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  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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Reviews

Cheepy
41
10/22/2013

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 nothing of interest, taste-wise, and again, the smell of it totally put me off. I used steak sauce on mine and I NEVER use that stuff. Not happenin in my house again.

8stringfan
28
1/30/2014

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 add a TBSP of light brown sugar.

JoJoMouse
13
11/7/2013

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 how it is after cooking. UPDATE: This was the best marinade I have tried yet! I used skinless boneless breasts and marinated for 4 hours. Dried off the breasts, drizzled with olive oil and grilled in a cast iron grill pan as it was too windy and cold to do it outside. Fussy husband says to say NUM!!! He said 3 times, be sure and save this one, Hon!