The next time you are grilling for a crowd, make these spicy grilled ancho chicken thighs and see who misses the traditional barbecue fare.

Grilled Chicken Thighs over succotash on a platter. All rubbed down in Ancho, so good!

Punch grilled chicken in the face with flavor by giving it a nice rub down with a sweet and spicy tequila sauce. I use an ancho rub and chicken thighs because they stay moist and hold their deliciousness for the long grill while absorbing a hint of that smoky flavor we all love.

Over a grilled veggie salad with brown rice, this may just be the perfect summertime supper in between those hot dogs and hamburgers. I may even be bold and say it’s healthy. The next time you are grilling for a crowd, make this and see who misses the traditional barbecue fare…

Hint: don’t invite that person back.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho Rub | Kita Roberts

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho Rub

5 from 1 vote
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 8
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho Rub | Kita Roberts
Make these with a salad of brown rice, grilled corn, chopped grilled poblano, red pepper, red onion, black beans and queso. Sliced up an avocado, drizzled with a little olive oil and a squirt of lime juice.


  • 1 tbs ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teas sugar
  • 1 1/2 teas garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teas cumin
  • 1 1/2 teas black pepper
  • 3/4 teas salt
  • 2 1/2 lbs bone-in chicken thighs skin removed
  • 1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tbs agave syrup
  • 3 tbs tequila
  • 1 1/2 tbs hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 tbs freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teas crushed red pepper flakes
  • Cilantro and lime for garnish


  • Preheat your grill and clean your cooking grate. Turn off or lower the heat on one side of the grill (you know your grill best) and arrange the wood chips in a small aluminum pan over the burner that is still on. Allow the chips to sit for 15 minutes over the heat.
  • Mix the chile powder, sugar, garlic, cumin, pepper, and salt in a bowl. Toss the chicken thighs with the oil. Sprinkle with the spice mix and rub all over the chicken thighs.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk the agave, tequila, hot sauce, butter, lime juice, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove 3 tbs of the sauce.
  • Carefully oil the grill grate. Brush the chicken with the sauce and grill 15 minutes over the indirect heat. Flip, brush with remaining sauce, and continue to grill 15 minutes. Finish off over direct heat for 5 minutes to sear. Remove from heat and rest before serving.


Cooking Light July 2012


Serving: 1g | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kita Roberts
Keyword: grilled chicken thighs

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