Aromatic Grilled Chicken Thighs

We are working on a 4th cookbook, and if you follow us on Instagram, you can see lots of fun “teasers” as we work on the book! We haven’t really officially announced the book, and what it’s about, but don’t worry… the announcement is coming, and I’ll just say that you will NOT be disappointed. We can’t wait to share all the details with you! Sometimes when working on a cookbook, it’s really easy to get sick of your own food, or cooking for that matter. In fact, for weeks I hated all food, everywhere. Wanted nothing to do with anything, just from cooking so much. I made the mistake of posting a goofy status about it on Facebook, which resulted in my SIL texting me to say “maybe post a picture of you drinking, so people stop thinking you are pregnant.” Oops. Well, I don’t drink, so that was no help. Sorry friends and family (mostly family). I’m not pregnant. Anyway, my point is that when working on a cookbook, it’s really hard to make daily meals, so I get really excited when I’m actually inspired to make a non-book-recipe meal! We really love chicken thighs. They are probably our favorite cut of chicken, but they have to be skin-on. Definitely skin-on. Crispy chicken skin is just the best. We usually bake them in the oven with just salt on the skin, because when you cook all your meals from scratch every single day, you really need simple. Since I was feeling fancy, I decided to test out a new spice blend for the thighs. It smelled amazing, and we were starving, so I was really excited to try it out.

3H5A4582 Unfortunately it didn’t turn out perfectly, but it was still delicious. See, Bill wanted to grill because we had been doing piles and piles of dishes from working on the book, and he said he didn’t want to have more dishes to wash. Then he decided to clean the grill for 30 minutes. Weird? Yep, but I love him. Then after cleaning the grill for 30 minutes, we realized we were out of propane, so he left to go get some. At this point I was so hungry I forgot to tell him it might be best to NOT flip the chicken on the skin because of all the spices. Well since I forgot, he flipped them on the skin, and came back and said… “So, the chicken looks and smells good, but it’s blackened now.” and I said “How did it get blackened if it was on indirect heat?” and he said “It just did.” So I went outside and looked and said “Did you flip it on the skin?” and he said “Yes. I wanted to crisp it up” to which I  said…”I wouldn’t have done that, because I figured it would all burn and turn black. Which it did.” Bill looked really sad and upset, and I was too hangry to care if he felt bad. I was just HANGRY and wanting to cry, because the chicken I so badly wanted to post on the blog was now UGLY. 3H5A4572 Then Bill felt really bad, and brushed enough of the black stuff off to make the chicken look good (good thing I put a lot of spice on), and then told me I could make a joke about him burning them for the blog post. Poor Bill. Anyway, the chicken was delicious, and turned out just fine! This is definitely our new favorite spice rub, and an easy way to make grilled chicken a little more fancy for a summer BBQ! Enjoy!

Aromatic Grilled Chicken Thighs

This is definitely our new favorite spice rub, and an easy way to make grilled chicken a little more fancy for a weeknight meal (or summer barbecue!)

Serves: 4

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Mix all of the spices together in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Rinse the chicken thighs and pat dry so that the skin is still just slightly moist (it will help the spices adhere).
  3. Liberally dust the chicken thighs with the spice blend, just on the skin side.
  4. Prepare your grill to moderate heat with a cool spot (indirect heat). If you have propane, keep a burner on low flame or off completely.
  5. Cook the chicken bone side down for 25-30 minutes, until it is cooked completely. Do not flip to the skin side for more than a moment or two (and closely monitor if you do), because the spices will burn. The chicken should be 165 degrees F (74 C) in the thickest part.


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    1. Be Paleo
      June 17, 2014

      LOL! This could seriously be a scene out of my own life, between the hubster and myself! Good thing it was still tasty in the end! 😀 It sure does sound delish!

    2. AndreaE
      June 17, 2014

      These look delish! I tried the coupon code for cappellos and it didn’t work. 🙁

      1. June 18, 2014

        It has worked for other people – are you sure you entered it correctly?

    3. June 17, 2014

      haha! Poor Bill. I would probably make that mistake because I don’t have a grill and would have no clue. I’m sure Bill’s hunger clouded his mind or something 😉 At least they still tasted good! I love this simple spice rub recipe. It pretty much combines all of my favorite spices. Score!

    4. June 18, 2014

      nothing better than chicken thighs!!!!

    5. June 21, 2014

      I think they look perfect!! Yeah, my WF skins all their chicken thighs before point of sale. Come on now.

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