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Rusty Chicken Thighs Recipe
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Rusty Chicken Thighs
See how to make a simple marinade for gorgeous grilled or broiled chicken. See more
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Rusty Chicken Thighs

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"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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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    3 hrs 40 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 07, 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!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 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.

Jan 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.

Nov 13, 2013

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 when half way done, added the thighs and basted the breasts with some of the marinade - oh so good. Did not change anything with regard to the recipe listed. Will make again and again - and bar-b-que (or bake) next time.

Nov 07, 2013

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!

Nov 08, 2013

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 you just have to move away from tried and true and give a new recipe a try. This one is different, but it did not disappoint!

Nov 06, 2013

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.

Nov 06, 2013

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!


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

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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