Grapefruit Marinated Chicken Thighs 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes



  • 8 chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 Texas grapefruits
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne or crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Zest and juice one grapefruit. You should end up with about 1/2 cup of juice and a couple tablespoons of zest. Remove the leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme, leave the rest whole.

Add the grapefruit juice, zest, thyme leaves, mustard, garlic, cayenne, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt if you're feeling it. Whisk to combine.

Lay the chicken out in a wide dish with tall sides, like a 9 x 13 baking dish. Drop in the remaining thyme sprigs. Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage the thighs to coat with the mix.

Let marinate. Either cover and refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours, or cover and let rest on the counter for 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium high, about 350 F to 400 F.

Remove chicken from the marinate and brush off any excess herbs or oil. We don't want those dripping onto the coals and causing a flair up. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper, if desired.

Cut the remaining grapefruit in half, then thinly slice one half of it. We're looking for 8 thin pieces to put on top of the chicken while cooking.

Place the chicken skin-side down on the grill. Put the larger grapefruit half on the grill as well. Cover and grill the chicken for about 7 to 8 minutes.

Flip the chicken and lay on the thin grapefruit slices. Cover and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

Serve warm with your favorite sides.