Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
chicken thighs

Everyone needs a go-to chicken recipe. What better way to enjoy this protein-packed PowerFuel than grilling it to perfection? Our simple Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs are an amazing main course for your summer menu. Pair them with a side of fresh fruit, a seasonal salad or grilled veggies for a balanced meal that fits into your healthy diet.

You know that marinating tenderizes and infuses flavor into your meat. But did you know that it also has health benefits? According to Natural Medicine Journal, grilling meat can create compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs are considered carcinogens and are said to increase the risk of cancer. However, marinating your meat in herb-infused mixtures, especially those that contain rosemary, can decrease the formation of HCAs on your grill by up to 70 percent.

Our delicious marinade contains a mixture of orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper and a dash of salt. However, feel free to add other herbs and spices that you enjoy! Rosemary would be a delicious and nutritious addition. Simply toss all of the marinade ingredient into a zip top bag and add your chicken thighs. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for about two hours. Once it’s ready, preheat your grill and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Place the marinated chicken thighs on the grill and cook for about five minutes per side, until fully cooked.

Want to make this healthy chicken recipe in the winter or fall? Nix the grill and try out a different cooking method! Pan sear your chicken for a similar flavor and crispy texture. You can also throw your marinated chicken thighs into a baking dish and roast them in the oven. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time and ensure the meat is cooked to the proper temperature. According to, chicken thighs should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

One serving of these Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs contains 219 calories. You can log it in your food journal as two PowerFuels and one Extra. If you need an organized place to keep track of your meal plan, consider downloading our FREE online tracking app, NuMi! It’s the perfect app for your Nutrisystem meal plan and can help you be successful. Click here to learn more! >

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Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 219

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels and 1 Extra


  • 1.25 lb. (20 oz.) chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 dash of salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large zip top bag. Allow chicken to marinate in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place the marinated chicken thighs on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until fully cooked.
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