Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
14 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Online reviewers claim that these honey-and-mustard-marinated thighs are definitely "company-worthy." Serving them over cheese grits and sautéed spinach makes this grilled chicken dish extraordinary. For a tasty alternative, try these with our quick Honey Mustard Sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine garlic and next 6 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag, squeezing bag to combine ingredients. Add chicken, turning to coat, and seal bag. Chill 1 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high). Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.

Step 3

Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a large piece of aluminum foil. Squeeze juice from lemon over chicken; fold foil around chicken, covering chicken completely. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with Sautéed Garlic Spinach and Two-Cheese Grits.

Step 4

*Fresh thyme, cilantro, or oregano may be substituted.

Step 5

**1 1/2 lb. skinned and boned chicken breasts may be substituted.

Step 6

Rosemary Grilled Pork Tenderloin: Omit chicken thighs. Substitute 2 lb. pork tenderloin and grill as directed 8 to 10 minutes on each side. Proceed with recipe as directed. Prep: 10 min., Chill: 1 hr., Grill: 20 min., Stand: 10 min.

Step 7

Sautéed Garlic Spinach: Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté 1 pressed garlic clove in hot oil 30 seconds. Add 1 (10-oz.) bag fresh spinach, thoroughly washed, to skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve spinach with slotted spoon or tongs. Makes 4 servings; Prep: 5 min., Cook: 4 min.

Step 8

Two-Cheese Grits: Bring 4 cups water and 1 tsp. salt to a boil in a 3-qt. saucepan. Whisk in 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese, and 2 Tbsp. butter. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Makes 4 servings; Prep: 5 min., Cook: 10 min.

Step 9

Honey Mustard Sauce: Stir together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, and 2 Tbsp. honey. Makes about 3/4 cup; Prep: 5 min.

Ratings & Reviews

sukeedog's Review

October 04, 2014

KimberlyB's Review

August 18, 2014
Delicious! The grilled thighs has become one of our regulars. We serve it for company. So inexpensive, but doesn't taste that way. We have marinated it for only an hour on occasion, and it always turns out great! I have even started adding extra chopped rosemary just because we love it.

AshLynn's Review

September 05, 2013
This is delicious - one of the best I've tried recently from My Recipes. 10/28/14: Made this again last night, loved it just as much as before. Grill was broken so I cooked the chicken on the stove, and it still came out great.

HokieSteph's Review

June 03, 2013
Adding this chicken to the summer grilling rotation! I love that I barely marinated it for an hour but was able to get big flavor. Subbed dried ground rosemary for the fresh and lime instead of lemon. Spinach and cheese grits are a good accompaniment.

cjbuddy's Review

July 17, 2012
Delicious. Marinated for 24 hours and followed exactly. Made the spinach and cheesy mashed potatoes (instead of grits). Will make again for sure and will try all the alternates. YUM

roswellqs's Review

October 21, 2011
The flavors are excellent together. The only thing different I did was cook the grits in chicken broth to add even more flavor. Prep time is longer than 10 mins. but under 30.

jeannes's Review

October 16, 2011
This was really delicious and very easy! I didn't have any cheddar so substituted gouda and it was excellent!

Gail56's Review

August 27, 2011

KatieKoo's Review

August 13, 2011
Easy and Delicious!!! Chicken was flavorful and VERY tender. My boyfriend really enjoyed this and he is a picky eater. I highly recommend this recipe for anyone wanting a quick and tasty meal.

Jennifer3946's Review

July 01, 2011
This is my go to chicken recipe. Delicious! Sometimes I leave out the rosemary or use a different spice, but I always get compliments on this. Great, simple recipe.