Grilled Peanut Chicken is a flavorful and delicious dinner that is sure to please the entire family! Brined chicken thighs are grilled to juicy perfection and slathered in a homemade peanut sauce.
This Grilled Peanut Chicken was incredibly delicious and left me wishing I had made a double batch. I think we would've still been fighting over the last piece. If you are looking for something new and different to try on the grill, add this one to your list!
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How to Make Peanut Sauce:
- In a saucepan, combine peanut butter (smooth or crunchy), soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, harissa (or chili powder), garlic, salt and pepper together. Whisk in water until desired thickness. Heat over medium heat just until heated through.
- Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, stir before using.
How to Grill Peanut Chicken:
- About 1 - 2 hours before grilling, mix together the brine. Combine warm water with salt, peppercorns, fresh garlic and rosemary. Submerge chicken thighs in brine, cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.
- Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels.
- Prepare a grill fire to about 350° using hickory or oak for smoke flavor.
- Place chicken thighs over indirect heat.
- Cook with the lid closed about 15- 20 minutes.
- Brush with peanut sauce in a thick layer and continue to cook until internal temperature near the bone reaches 165° with a digital thermometer.
- Remove from grill and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
How to Store and Reheat:
Store leftover grilled chicken wrapped in plastic wrap in refrigerator up to 4 days.
Reheat in a covered skillet with 2 tablespoons of water over medium heat, about 8-10 minutes.
Should You Brine Chicken Before Grilling?
I highly recommend brining chicken, especially bone-in chicken before grilling. Even if it's 30 minutes to an hour, your chicken will turn out more tender, juicy and flavorful. It is well worth the time and effort.