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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Grilled Buttermilk-Chicken Thighs

Five ingredients and some seasoning. That’s all it takes to plate up tasty, tender chicken thighs with a little crisp char on the outside and juicy meat inside. Give them time, and give them buttermilk. A couple herbs can’t hurt.

Serves 4

  • 8 large bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 3-1/2 lbs total)
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 1 long rosemary twig
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 qrt buttermilk
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place the chicken thighs, basil, rosemary, and peppercorns in a large bowl. Pour in the buttermilk, submerging the chicken pieces completely. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Light a grill for medium heat with space for off-heat cooking.
  3. Remove the thighs from the buttermilk, patting dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. (Discard the buttermilk, herbs, and peppercorns.)
Thighs Ready for Buttermilk
Thighs in Buttermilk 
Seasoned, Marinated Chicken
  1. Place the thighs over direct flame and grill 2-3 minutes per side, until char marks appear. 
  2. Move the chicken off heat and grill until cooked through, turning and re-positioning on the grill as needed, 30-35 minutes, depending on the size of the thighs.
Beginning to Grill
After 1st Turn
Move Off Heat
Grilled Thighs
Transfer the chicken to a platter and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Grilled Buttermilk-Chicken Thighs


  1. Wow - I bet these are wonderfully moist! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Link up.

  2. These look so good! I'll try this recipe the next time I'm preparing chicken!

    Always great to see you at Peace, Love, Link up! Hope to see you tomorrow at 6!