Appetizers & Snacks, Side Dishes

BBQ Smoked Chicken Thighs

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Marinate 30 mins
  • Total 52 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Topped with crunchy, sweet, lime-mango slaw, these juicy chicken thighs are absolute heaven. Have as is or chop up and throw into a tortilla. You can’t go wrong with this dish!

Tip: To make this dish even easier, use a premade cilantro lime dressing for the marinade. You can also prep ahead of time and marinate the chicken overnight.

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  • 2 pounds boneless-skinless chicken thighs


  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt, as desired
  • Ground black pepper, as desired

Mango Slaw

  • 2 medium mangos, peeled, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ small red onion, minced
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Kosher salt, as desired


  • Silicone-Tipped Tongs
  • 2 Large Bowls
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, add all marinade ingredients and mix together. Add chicken thighs and toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight if possible. 

  • Step 2

    To install the grill grate, position it flat on top of the heating element and gently press down until it sits in place. Place chicken thighs directly on the grill, then close the hood.

  • Step 3

    While holding the smoke box open, use the pellet scoop to pour pellets into the smoke box until filled to the top. Then close the smoke box lid.

  • Step 4

    Turn the dial to SMOKER, set the temperature to 375°F, and set time to 17 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin cooking (preheating is not needed).  

  • Step 5

    While chicken is cooking, place all slaw ingredients in a large bowl and toss to evenly combine.  

  • Step 6

    When cooking is complete, open hood and remove chicken from the grill. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with mango slaw topping.