Smoked Boneless Chicken Thighs

smoked boneless chicken thighs

I love all sorts of chicken recipes and I like all parts of the chicken.  One part of the chicken that gets a bad wrap outside of the BBQ world, is the chicken thigh.  People just don’t understand how delicious a well cooked thicken thigh can be.  

Today, we are going to fix that entirely.  By removing the bone and slow cooking these Chicken Thighs, we are going to create crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside Smoked Boneless Chicken Thighs.  They are great for serving as a main dish or a starter for an all out BBQ smorgasbord.  You can also use this same recipe for bone-in chicken thighs.  Use this exact same process if you do not want to mess with the bone.

Smoking Boneless Chicken Thighs

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smoked boneless chicken thighs

The process is really easy.  While prepping the chicken thighs, setup your grill or smoker for indirect cooking and bring the temperature up to 350 degrees.  If needed, give your grill grate a good cleaning as well…. thanks Booker!

Then remove the bones from the chicken thigh using a sharp knife that is not too big.  I prefer a boning knife.   Simply start by cutting down to the bone from the skinless side of the thigh and then start slicing both sides of the bone and scraping the flesh off of both sides of the bone, until you can pull or cut the bone out.  Then check for any rough inedible surfaces you might need to cut off.

Below is a video showing how to debone a chicken thigh……

This is what your chicken thighs should look like after deboning them. We are now ready to season and tie with butchers twine

butchering boneless chicken thighs

After removing the bone, season both sides of the chicken thigh liberally with one of my favorite rubs. Then tie them up with butchers twine. By tying them up, the chicken thighs will become little rolls of crispy tender deliciousness.  Season again after tying them up if needed.  You want a nice even coating of rub all over.

smoked boneless chicken thighs
Season the underside of each chicken thigh before tying them up
smoked boneless chicken thighs
After seasoning the undersides of the thighs, tie them up in little rolls to keep the skin on the exterior, keeping moisture inside.
smoked boneless chicken thighs
Season Liberally with one of your favorite rubs

Then cook them at 350 F for one hour over indirect heat.  I love using my weber kettle for this recipe.  It is so easy to setup for indirect heat and easy to cleanup as well.  I add a small hand full of apple chips on top of the charcoal to start the cook and then usually let the charcoal do the rest from there.

Start skin side up for 20 minutes, flip skin side down for 20 min, then finish skin side up. The skin should be a nice golden brown at this point.  You can check the internal temperature of the thighs and they should be over 150 F at this point.

smoked boneless chicken thighs
Smoke over indirect heat for about one hour around 350 F. I prefer using a Weber Kettle or Big Green Egg for chicken thighs.
smoked boneless chicken thighs
Remove the butchers twine and finish the boneless chicken thighs over medium to high heat. Flip often to crisp the skin without burning.

When they have nice color and the skin is starting to crisp up, place them directly over the coals or move them to your gas grill if you have one over medium high heat.  You want to flip them every minute or so, grilling both sides of the thigh until the skin becomes nice and crispy.

You will end up with little crispy nuggets packed full of flavor.  Remove the twine and serve as is, or carefully slice up for snacks. Leave me a comment if you give these a try or have any questions!

smoked boneless chicken thighs
Our beautiful boneless chicken thighs… crispy salty sweet skin and perfectly juicy on the inside. Glaze with BBQ sauce before serving or let the dry rub do the talking.


Smoked Boneless Chicken Thighs

Learn how to smoke perfect Boneless Chicken Thighs with this easy to follow recipe. Dry rubbed and slow cooked, these Smoked boneless chicken thighs are an awesome treat for dinner.
Course BBQ, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ
Keyword smoked boneless chicken thighs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Keegan


  • 4 Chicken Thighs two per person or more
  • 2 Tablespoon of Good Lov'n Rub or Sweet Lov'n Rub


  1. Remove thigh bones
  2. Check for any rough cartilage after removing bone. Remove if needed.
  3. Rinse and dry each chicken thigh
  4. Apply rub to all parts of the thigh, evenly coated
  5. Tie up with butcher twine to keep the thighs nice and compact
  6. Heat the grill/smoker to 350 F and setup for indirect heat
  7. Put a chunk or small handfull of apple wood or cherry wood on the coals before putting chicken on the grill. 

  8. Place chicken on the grill, skin side up. Cook for 20 minutes, then flip skin side down. Finish with the skin side up for 20 minutes.  Cook for 1 hour or until the skin starts to become slightly crispy. 

  9. Remove the butchers twine. Heat the grill to medium high heat.  Grill over medium to high direct heat, turning every 1-2 minutes until the skin is nice and crispy

  10. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve. Glaze with BBQ sauce or leave dry if you want to preserve the crispy skin.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time can vary depending on the size of thighs. Check internal temperature for 165 F if needed.

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Hi, my name is Keegan Lare. I love to create delicious grilled and smoked food, bursting with bold flavors. I also love to see my friends and family try something tasty and new. It is in this spirit that I created Seared & Smoked. Leave me a message and i’ll get back to you as soon as I can.