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Traeger Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs cooked on a Traeger grill are a delicious and easy way to enjoy tender, juicy chicken with that live wood fired flavor that you can’t get using other cooking methods. This Traeger Chicken Thighs recipe uses avocado oil and a generous coating of OWYD Everything Rub to enhance the natural flavors of the chicken. The Traeger grill ensures consistent cooking, resulting in perfectly cooked chicken thighs every time.

Traeger Chicken Thighs

Traeger chicken thighs are a fantastic option for a satisfying and flavorful meal. These thighs are cooked on our pellet grill, which gives them a distinct smoky flavor that is perfect with our savory new Everything Rub. The chicken remains moist on the inside while developing a beautifully crispy skin, which is a perfect combination. If you love grilled chicken, this recipe is perfect for you.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Smoky Flavor: The pellet grill infuses the chicken with a rich, smoky taste.
  • Juicy and Tender: Cooking at 375°F ensures the meat stays moist and tender.
  • Crispy Skin Option: Shallow frying gives an extra crispy skin for added texture.
  • Easy to Make: Simple steps and minimal ingredients make this recipe accessible to all skill levels.
  • Versatile: Perfect for a casual dinner or a summer barbecue.

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Traeger Chicken Thighs

Traeger Chicken Thighs shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Avocado Oil
  • OWYD Everything Rub

Have a Greek Salad on the side!

Traeger Chicken Thighs

How to make Chicken Thighs on the Traeger

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

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  1. Preheat the Grill: Set your Traeger (or other pellet grill) to 375°F.
  2. Prepare the Chicken: Brush all sides of the chicken thighs lightly with avocado oil.
  3. Season: Generously coat all sides of the chicken thighs with OWYD Everything Rub.
  4. Grill: Place the chicken thighs skin-side down on the preheated grill grates. Cook for 15-20 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  5. Optional Crisping: If the skin isn’t crispy enough, shallow fry the chicken thighs skin-side down in a non-stick pan with 1/4-1/2 cup of oil for 2-3 minutes each.

Have some Rice Pilaf on the side!

Traeger Chicken Thighs

Pellet Grilled Chicken Thighs FAQ

How should I store leftover chicken thighs?

Store leftover chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How can I reheat the chicken thighs?

Reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F until warmed through, or use a microwave for a quicker option.

Can I prepare the chicken thighs in advance?

Yes, you can season the chicken thighs up to a day in advance and refrigerate them until you’re ready to cook.

What variations or substitutions can I make?

You can use different rubs or marinades to change the flavor profile. Additionally, boneless chicken thighs or other cuts of chicken can be used, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.

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These awesome easy chicken thighs are cooked on the Traeger and make such a good meal!
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Course: Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thighs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nicole Johnson


  • 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons OWYD Everything Rub


  • Preheat your Traeger (or other pellet grill) to 375°F.
  • Brush all sides of the chicken thighs with oil, lightly.
  • Coat all sides generously with the OWYD Everything Rub.
  • Place skin-side down directly on the grill grates in the preheated grill.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, and then flip.
  • Continue cooking until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from the grill.
  • If the skin isn't as crispy as you like it to be, you can put 1/4-1/2 cup of oil into a non-stick pan on the stove, and shallow fry the chicken thighs skin-side down for 2-3 minutes each, to crunch up that chicken skin.

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Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 37gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 175mgPotassium: 465mgVitamin A: 177IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 2mg
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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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