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Grilled Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs

Amanda Cooks & Styles
Juicy grilled chicken thighs basted in a spicy homemade barbecue sauce are the perfect addition to your summer cook-outs!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Spicy BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp hot chili paste sombal olek, or sub sriracha
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce


  • To make the barbecue sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and onions. Cook until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Let cook for about 15 minutes or until sauce thickens up, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside for later use.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper and oil on all sides. Heat your grill to medium-low heat. Once the grill is nice and hot, place the chicken thighs on smooth side down. The key to juicy and tender chicken is to grill them low and slow. Turn the chicken thighs over every 3-4 minutes. Continue this process until chicken juices run clear and the internal temperature is between 165-170 degrees. Baste the chicken thighs with the homemade spicy bbq sauce during the last few turns.


If you don't have Sambal Oelek, you can substitute sriracha.
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