Smoke chicken thighs on your Ninja Grill with this easy recipe. The meat is super juicy and the skins crisp up great!

Ninja Grill Chicken Thighs.

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If you’re looking for an easy dinner that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you’re going to love this recipe for smoked chicken thighs cooked on the Ninja Woodfire Grill.

All you have to do is season up the thighs, start the smoker and get cooking. You don’t even need to preheat the grill.

The chicken thighs will be smoked to perfection in just 30 minutes. The meat will be dripping with juices and the skin will be nice and crispy.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Thighs: This recipe calls for bone-in chicken thighs with the skin still attached.
  • Oil: Vegetable oil, olive oil or avocado oil.
  • Chicken Rub: There are many great chicken rubs on the market. You can also make your own dry rub with kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and herbs like thyme and oregano.
SUBSTITUTIONS: This dish is super versatile. If you want Latin flavors, use taco seasoning to season the chicken. For Asian smoked thighs, use Chinese five spice. the variations are endless.

See the full recipe card below for servings and a full list of ingredients.


How to smoke chicken thighs on a Ninja Grill

There is no need to preheat the Ninja Woodfire Grill when you’re using the smoker setting. Just insert the grill pan and add pellets to the side box.

  1. STEP ONE: Trim away any obvious excess fat from the chicken thighs. Brush them with oil. Then, season both sides liberally with rub.
  1. STEP TWO: Set your Ninja Woodfire Grill to the smoker function. Set the temperature to 375F degrees. You will only need 30 minutes of cook time for this recipe, but I set the time to 45 minutes, just to have some cushion.
  1. STEP THREE: Add the seasoned thighs to the smoker with the skin side up. Leave some space between them, so they smoke evenly on the sides. There is no flipping required with this recipe. The convection fan will cook the thighs evenly on both sides.
Seasoned chicken thighs on Ninja Grill.
  1. STEP FOUR: After 30 minutes, the skin should be crispy and the internal temperature of the meat should be around 195F degrees.
Smoked chicken thighs on a Ninja Woodfire Grill.
PRO TIP: Technically, chicken is cooked through at 165F degrees. But I like cooking dark meat chicken like thighs to an internal temperature of 195-205F. To measure the temp, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the thigh. Be careful not to touch the bone. 
Smoked chicken thighs on a Ninja Woodfire Grill.

How to serve smoked chicken thighs

If you like saucy chicken thighs, you can brush them with sauce during the last 5 minutes of the cook.

Once the thighs are cooked through, remove them from the grill and pile them on a platter. Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy.

Storage

Store leftover chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. The skin won’t stay crispy, but the meat will still be delicious.

Reheat the meat in the microwave oven or enjoy cold. You can pull the meat from the bone and toss it in a salad or on a quesadilla.

GCG Pro Pitmaster Tips

  • Inspect your thighs and trim away an thick excess fat
  • Season liberally on both sides for maximum flavor
  • Always set your grill time for longer than the actual cook time
  • You can fit up to 10 thighs on the Ninja Woodfire Grill Pro XL

Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature should I smoke chicken thighs at on the ninja grill?

In order to render the skin so that it’s not rubbery, set your Ninja Woodfire Grill to 375F degrees using the smoker setting.

How long does it take to smoke chicken thighs on a ninja grill?

It will take around 30 minutes to smoke bone-in chicken thighs on a Ninja Woodfire Grill when the temperature is set at 375F degrees.

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Smoked Chicken Thighs on a Ninja Woodfire Grill

Smoke chicken thighs on your Ninja Grill with this easy recipe. The meat is super juicy and the skins crisp up great!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 8 chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in
  • 2 tsp cooking oil, vegetable, olive or avocado
  • 1 tbsp chicken rub

Instructions 

  • Trim: Look for any obvious pieces of thick fat and trim it away with kitchen scissors or a knife.
  • Season: Brush both sides of the chicken with oil and season liberally.
  • Ninja Settings: Place the grill pan in the smoker and add pellets to the box. Set the Ninja Woodfire Grill to smoker. Set the temperature to 375F degrees and the time to 45 minutes. No need to preheat.
  • Smoke: Place the thighs on the grill with the skins facing up. Spread them out so they don't touch. Smoke for 30 m
  • Serve: Remove from the grill and enjoy.

Video

Notes

If you like BBQ chicken thighs, brush some BBQ sauce on the tops of the thighs during the last 5 minutes of the cook. 

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 18gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 101IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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