Grilled Zinfandel Chicken Thighs

This is a great barbecued chicken recipe with a unique and delicious zinfandel marinade. Perfect with grilled vegetables and a crisp salad on a hot summer night! Enjoy with Mettler Zinfandel.

Servings: 10

Pair With: Mettler Zinfandel

Source: Mettler Family Vineyards


1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 cup of fresh lemon juice
3 tbs. of fresh thyme, chopped
1 1/2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
4 tbs. honey
1/2 cup Mettler Zinfandel
18 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Combine lemon rind, lemon juice, thyme, oil, Mettler Zinfandel and honey in a large plastic bag. Add all the chicken thighs. Put into the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours, turning bag over after l hour to coat all the thighs.

Preheat your BBQ grill. Remove chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat, turning frequently until done. Approximately 7-10 minutes per side.

Serve with Mettler Zinfandel

Recipe Courtesy Of

Mettler Family Vineyards

Beginning in Germany in the 1770s and continuing with their arrival in California’s Central Valley region of Lodi in the late 1800s, the Mettler family has a tradition of producing premium winegrapes, both for their own label, as well as for other winemakers and respected wines.