Easy Peasy Chicken on the Grill

Easy Peasy Chicken on the Grill

chicken thighs

Here is a very simple marinade made with very few ingredients. Most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand. I had the chicken and I actually had the beer which is what prompted me to make this. I also have to say that the thighs tasted better than the plain, boneless chicken breasts. I cooked the chicken on the grill at a lower heat. It took a little longer (maybe 20 minutes) but the thighs were moist and delicious and I didn’t blacken the skin because the grill wasn’t so so hot.


1/2 cup soy sauce

1 1/2 cups beer (I wouldn’t use light beer but any other will do)

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced (approximately 1 1/2 cloves)

2 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark, it doesn’t really matter)

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Salt and pepper to taste

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs with skin on and bone in. (I would have the butcher cut them in half.)

This marinade yields a lot so you could probably make up to 8 pieces (at least) of chicken.


In a large bowl, mix the soy sauce, beer, water, garlic, brown sugar and ginger. Place the chicken in the bowl. Cover and marinate for 6 hours or overnight. Turn chicken a couple of times while marinating. Right before I put the chicken on the grill, I sometimes sprinkle a little kosher salt and pepper. The soy makes it somewhat salty but the beer dilutes the soy so I think it’s personal but I suggest adding a little salt and pepper. You can also cook up the chicken and taste it and sprinkle a little sale and pepper, if needed, before serving.

Place chicken on the grill and cook approximately ten minutes per side, depending on thickness of cutlets and your grill but until the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Discard the remaining marinade. Be careful to watch the grill–you don’t want to overcook chicken (unless you specifically like it that way). I watched the thighs very carefully, turning often so that they didn’t blacken. They came out beautiful and were very moist for you dark meat lovers.

I served this with rice pilaf and my string beans (see recipe).

4 responses to “Easy Peasy Chicken on the Grill

  1. LOVE it! Thanks Candi and congratulations on your new career. Rachael Ray, watch out!

  2. Hi Candi! You have reinspired me to make time for a shared passion….cooking! The business of interior design has eaten up much of my creative hours….but your website has reminded me of a passion neglected…..thank you for sharing your recipes and your creative energy!
    Ginger xo

    • Ginger, so happy to hear from you! wow been so long, I remember your cooking as well. Happy to have reminded you. I looked at your website, your work looks amazing as always. Hope all is well with family. Keep in touch!

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