Grilling season makes mealtime so easy, especially with recipes like Grilled Chipotle Orange Chicken Thighs! This chicken is so flavorful with simple ingredients – fresh orange, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, olive oil, and garlic – and so fast to make.
Grilling season is upon us and I love this time of year SO much! Not only do I love the delicious grilled meats and vegetables, but I love cooking outside. Oh and not getting my kitchen dirty? Definite bonus! Chicken is one of those grilled meats that I love getting creative with. There are so many marinades and rubs that you can put on chicken to give it any flavor you like. Chipotle Orange Chicken Thighs are seriously bursting with so much flavor and the ingredients are so, so simple!
I love both chicken breasts and thighs, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be chicken thighs. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are super easy to grill, don’t run quite as much of a risk of getting dried out as chicken breasts, and they cook a little faster, too. Just like chicken breasts, chicken thighs soak up any flavor that you add to them.
As I’ve mentioned a few times, this recipe is super easy to prep and grill. To start, add the orange juice, olive oil, orange zest, chipotle in adobo sauce, and salt to a bowl and stir well to combine. One note for the peppers: I like to put a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a food processor and blend until pureed. Then I will use that sauce for the marinade. I freeze the leftovers and then cut off what I need for future recipes. You can also chop up the peppers finely. Either works!
Next, combine the chicken thighs and marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes. I prefer doing this in the morning and giving it a solid 4-8 hours to marinate.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes on each side, until they are cooked through to 165 degrees F. Serve and enjoy!