Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs

Basil Marinated Chicken ThighsI was looking for a simple marinade for chicken thighs that used fresh basil (since I have loads of it). I found this recipe on the Food Network that looked easy and delicious. I let the meat marinate for 6 hours but longer would be even better. This marinade gave the chicken such a wonderful flavor that my entire family loved. A simple, tasty, and easy dish – perfect for a busy weeknight!

Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs:


  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced finely
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs

How to Make Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs

Remove any extra fat off of the chicken thighs then place into a large zip lock bag.

Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, until well combined. Pour over the chicken thighs and shake them to combine evenly. Refrigerate for 3-12 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to cooking. Heat a grill pan that has been coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Season each chicken thigh with a bit of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, on both sides.

Place the chicken thighs into the hot grill pan and cook for 4 minutes then flip over. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the grill pan and let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy.

Basil Marinated Chicken Thighs


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Food Network


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  1. This was so simple and so tasty! I too have so much basil and this was perfect. I also added chives because I had an abundance growing in the garden. I usually use balsamic vinegar but the red was a nice change. Thank you!