chicken thighs on a plate with a fork

Maple Chipotle Barbecue Chicken

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 16 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


These maple chipotle barbecue chicken recipe is summer grilling perfection.



  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, preferably dark
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed, about 2 ¾ pounds* see ingredient note
  • oil for grill


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk maple syrup, tomato paste, cider vinegar, chili powder, chipotle and granulated garlic in a medium bowl.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the chicken. Soak a paper towel with oil and set near grill with tongs.
  4. Just before grilling, hold the oil soaked towel with tongs. Drag gently along grill grates, pulling toward you. Immediately add chicken to the oiled grill. Grill chicken, turning often, until the meat is cooked through to the bone and no-longer pink inside, 18 to 25 minutes.
  5. Brush barbecue sauce all over the tops side of the chicken, and turn over and allow the sauce to caramelize and char ever so slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. While it chars, brush barbecue sauce all over the other side of the chicken. Turn over again, to caramelize the second side. Remove from the grill to a serving platter or carving board and allow chicken to rest 4 to 6 minutes before serving.


*Ingredient note: If you prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs, the cooking time will be 10 to 14 minutes total.


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh
  • Calories: 127
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 417 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Cholesterol: 43 mg
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