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Grilled Italian Chicken Thighs

Easy lemon wine marinade, simple parmesan and panko breading, grilled on the flavor enhancing barbecue to crispy, golden, glory with a decadent garlic butter drizzle. That's what makes this Grilled Italian Chicken Thighs a little bite of heaven!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Marinate1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Grilled Italian Chicken Thighs
Servings: 8
Calories: 728kcal


  • 3 pounds bone in, skin on chicken thighs


  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Chicken Breadcrumb Coating

  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Garlic Lemon Butter

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine


  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients and add to the chicken thighs.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Preheat the barbecue grill to a medium high heat, approximately 350-400 degrees grate temperature, and set up for in-direct cooking.
  • After stirring together the breadcrumbs, dredge the chicken thighs, top and bottom in the mixture and place on well oiled grill grates NOT directly over the heat/coals. Close the grill lid.
  • Cook undisturbed for approximately 45 minutes until the crust is golden and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  • Bring the Garlic Lemon Butter mixture to a simmering in a small sauce pan either on the grill or inside and drizzle on the chicken thighs after they are removed from the grill.
  • Serve with lemon wedges if desired and garnish with additional parmesan cheese.


Calories: 728kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 816IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg