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Grilled Apricot-Bourbon BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Easy grilled apricot-bourbon BBQ chicken thighs are flavorful and juicy with a perfectly crispy skin.  They’re a quick dinner recipe for summer grilling.

A large white rectangle platter with 6 grilled chicken thighs that have been brushed with apricot bourbon bbq sauce. The skin is crispy and slightly blackened. You can see that they're sticky and moist.

I think it’s safe to say that without grilling, summer wouldn’t feel like summer.  Who’s with me?

Grilling outside for dinner makes clean-up so much easier and who doesn’t love that?  Plus, you don’t have to turn that hot stove on when its 90 degrees out.

This quick grilled chicken recipe uses bone-in chicken thighs with the skin.  They’re brushed with a simple and flavorful apricot-bourbon BBQ sauce and grilled until succulent and juicy, yet perfectly crispy.

a white rectangle platter with grilled chicken that are lathered in BBQ sauce. The skin is crispy and slightly charred and a mason jar of BBQ is in the background with a pastry brush.

The BBQ sauce takes minutes to make.  It’s got a hint of smokiness from the bourbon with the perfect sweetness from the apricot jam. 

Two of my absolute favorites: BBQ + Bourbon. 

They make the perfect couple.  Maybe even better than me and John…. just kidding, maybe just on some days ;).

a small mason jar filled with homemade apricot bourbon bbq sauce that’s dripping down the sides. A small bowl of apricot jam is in the background.

To make Apricot bourbon BBQ sauce:

-Simply add your favorite BBQ sauce to a small bowl along with some apricot jam and bourbon.

You can use store bought BBQ sauce or make your own.  Dinner at the Zoo has a great and easy recipe for homemade BBQ sauce if you want to give it a try.

Same goes for the apricot jam, you can use store-bought or try homemade apricot jam my friend Alexandra @It’s Not Complicated.

I like using the bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this grilled chicken recipe because the BBQ sauce caramelizes the skin so it’s super crispy with the perfect char.

You could also use chicken breast or boneless/skinless chicken thighs, just be sure adjust the cooking time.  Depending how thick your chicken breasts are they may take a little longer.  And for the boneless thighs, they will take shorter.

a bone-in chicken thigh with skin that’s being brushed with apricot bourbon bbq sauce. You can see the sauce dripping down the chicken. The skin is slightly blackened and crispy.

These grilled apricot-bourbon BBQ chicken thighs make dinner a breeze because they’re quick, easy and go with almost anything! 

Sides to go with your easy grilled chicken thighs:

The grilled chicken thighs are also great for those summer cookouts and BBQ’s because they’re effortless, yet delicious.

The leftover BBQ sauce can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 months.  It’s great for those last minute quick dinners when you forget to plan ahead or have unexpected company.  

God knows I’ve had those nights and magically had to turn a dinner for 2 into a dinner for 4 or 6!

A large white rectangle platter with 6 grilled chicken thighs that have been brushed with apricot bourbon bbq sauce. The skin is crispy and slightly blackened. You can see that they're sticky and moist.
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Grilled Apricot-Bourbon BBQ Chicken Thighs

Easy grilled apricot-bourbon BBQ chicken thighs are flavorful and juicy with a perfectly crispy skin.  They’re a quick dinner recipe for summer grilling.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbqchicken, easydinner, grilledchicken, quickandsimplerecipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Wine a Little Cook A Lot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce store bought or homemade, see recipe notes
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup Apricot Jam store bought or homemade, see recipe notes
  • 6 Chicken Thighs bone-in and skin on

Instructions

  • Preheat grill on medium heat.
  • In a medium bowl mix together BBQ sauce, whiskey and apricot jam. Brush onto all sides of the chicken, saving some for basting.
  • Spray grill with non-stick spray (careful because there will be flames!). Add the chicken and cook 5-7 minutes per side, brushing with more BBQ sauce when you flip it over.
  • Once chicken has grill marks, turn heat down to low and continue cooking until fully cooked through, about another 25 minutes. (If the chicken is turning too black, transfer chicken to indirect heat on the grill.
  • Brush with more BBQ sauce last 2-3 minutes of cooking and serve with extra if desired.

Notes

For homemade BBQ sauce recipe, click here.
For homemade apricot jam recipe, click here.


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