Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs are so flavorful and delicious! Chicken thighs are marinated in beer, spices and grilled to perfection.

In my 30 years on earth I never really thought of myself as a dark meat kind of gal. At Thanksgiving I naturally skip over the dark and just go for the white meat… but I’ve been wrong all along. Lately I have found myself going for that dark meat and passing over the chicken breasts because, truthfully, it’s extremely juicy, flavorful and more tender! Everyone is all hung up on chicken breasts because they’re “lean”, and “better for you”… pah! Don’t get me wrong I like chicken breasts too, but I think thighs get overlooked quite a bit.

They are under utilized! Chicken thighs need a comeback and the definitely could use beer marinating love!

And who doesn’t like the sound of chicken soaked in beer anyways!?


So here is a recipe for you to try on some chicken thighs. These thighs marinate in beer, spices, lime juice and cilantro for a few hours then you slapped onto the grill for some crispy charred goodness. In theory you could try this on chicken breasts, but give thighs a try… please? You’ll be glad you did!! Oh and the beer in this recipe works as a tenderizer {not that thighs really need that or anything} so please don’t expect beer tasting chicken mmm-kay? Sorry to let you down… but look on the bright side… there is a little leftover beer after measuring so CHEERS {just drink responsibly okay}!!

Some of my favorite ingredients…

And some of my favorite spices! I get my Ancho-Chile Pepper and Cinnamon through Penzy’s Spices… because it’s the bestest!!

Start off by pressing a few garlic cloves into a large bowl.

It should measure out to be about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half.

Dump in the spices…

Season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

Grab some fresh cilantro and chop it up. Seriously folks, I can’t get enough of cilantro in the summertime. I just love it oh-so-much!

Drizzle in two tablespoons sesame seed oil.

Oh yeah and add the cilantro! How could I forget??

Squeeze in the juice of half a lime. And slice up the rest of the lime and squeeze a wedge into your beer! That’s if you like that sort of thing. Me, personally, I LOVE that sort of thing!!

Measure and pour in a cup of beer.

Watch it bubble and fizz.

Then whisk until all the spices are well mixed throughout.

Place the two pounds of chicken thighs into a large re-sealable bag or large bowl. I trim off any excess fat before I stick them in the bag.

Pour the marinade over the top.

Seal the bag and squish the chicken around to coat evenly. Place in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours, tossing around every now and again.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken and discard the marinade. Lay the chicken on the grill grates and cover for a few minutes per side until cooked all the way through.

I love how the cilantro sticks to the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked, remove and let rest for a few minutes under foil. I have a recipe I’ll be posting this week showing you just how you can use this marinated chicken in some delicious soft tacos! Stay tuned!

Enjoy! And if you give these Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs
Yield: 4 servings

Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs

Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs are so flavorful and delicious! Chicken thighs are marinated in beer, spices and grilled to perfection.

Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or about 8 to 10)
  • 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, grated or squeezed through a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon ancho-chile pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) Beer, any kind should do
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • juice of a lime, or about 2 tablespoons


  1. Combine the garlic, spices, cilantro, sesame seed oil, beer and lime juice into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Place chicken thighs in a re-sealable bag or a large bowl, pour the marinade over top and toss to coat. Seal and place into fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, and place the chicken thighs onto the grates.
  4. Grill for 4-6 minutes per side {depending} until cooked thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 626mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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