Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs – Grillsanity!

Attention all grillers, home cooks, and college basketball fans! March Madness may be down to the final four, but the excitement is far from over. And what better way to celebrate this epic season than with a spread that will satisfy all your cravings with Grillsanity? Introducing Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs, the perfect addition to your game-day menu.

These boneless, skinless chicken thighs are not your average game-day snack. Oh no, they are marinated in a special citrus-infused brine that will blow your taste buds away. Each bite is juicy and bursting with flavor, leaving you wanting more. The combination of sweet and salty, smoky and citrusy, is like a party in your mouth, and your guests will cheer for more.

Not only are these Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs incredibly delicious, but they are also easy to prepare. Put them on the grill and let them cook to perfection while you catch up on the latest March Madness highlights. You won't need to spend hours in the kitchen while enjoying the game with your friends and family.

Try these chicken thighs for yourself and taste game-day perfection. Your taste buds will thank you. So whether you're rooting for the women's or men's bracket, add Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs to your spread and take your game day to the next level. Grillsanity has you covered for the ultimate March Madness experience. Grab a cold drink, fire up the grill, and get ready to indulge in the ultimate Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs. Let the games begin!

Serves 3-4

Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup silver/blanco (clear) tequila (or 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange, lemon, or lime juice or a combination of the two)
  • 3–4 oranges
  • 3–4 limes
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest (you can use the oranges listed above)
  • 3 tablespoons lime zest (you can use the limes listed above)
  • 1 cup orange juice (you can juice your fresh oranges or use high-quality bottled juice, or a combination of the two)
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat

Margarita-Brined Chicken Thighs Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, the kosher salt, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until smooth, then remove from heat. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. While the salt mixture is cooling, combine the cold water, tequila (or citrus juices), orange zest, lime zest, orange juice, and peppercorns. Add the salt mixture and stir to combine. Submerge the chicken thighs in the brine and refrigerate for 4-24 hours. Halve any remaining citrus and reserve.
  3. When ready to cook, preheat the grill over medium heat. Lightly oil the grates, then cook the chicken thighs for 4 minutes per side. When you flip the chicken, add the reserved citrus cut side down. When cooked, remove the citrus from the grill and transfer the chicken to a serving plate.
  4. Allow the fruit to cool for a few minutes, then squeeze the grilled fruit over the chicken and serve immediately.


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