Grilled Orange Chicken Thighs

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 06, 2022
This orangey chicken was the first meal I served my future husband. I chose it because it's easy, but he thought it was amazing and gobbled it up. We were married three months later, so I guess it worked. —Leah Harvath, Heber City, Utah
Grilled Orange Chicken Thighs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning


  1. In a small saucepan, combine juice, sugars and salt; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until mixture reaches a glaze consistency. Remove from heat; stir in mustard and orange zest.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper. On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°, brushing occasionally with some of the sauce during the last 5 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 277 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.