Honey-Butter-Grilled Chicken Thighs with Parsley Sauce


These chicken thighs are brushed with honey-horseradish butter while they grill, creating a wonderful glaze. Then they're served with a vibrant garlic-spiked parsley sauce. Slideshow:  More Grilling Recipes 

Honey-Butter-Grilled Chicken Thighs with Parsley Sauce
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 to 6


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 small garlic cloves, finely grated

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated horseradish

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, plus 1 cup packed parsley leaves

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 12 chicken thighs (about 7 ounces each)


  1. In a medium bowl, blend the butter with half of the garlic, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, the honey, horseradish and chopped parsley. Season generously with salt and pepper.

  2. In a small saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the parsley leaves until bright green, about 1 minute. Drain and cool under running water. In a blender, puree the parsley with 2 tablespoons of water and the remaining garlic and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice until nearly smooth. With the machine on, gradually add the 1/3 cup of oil until incorporated. Season the parsley sauce with salt and pepper.

  3. Light a grill. Brush the chicken thighs with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and just cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Brush the chicken all over with the honey butter and grill, turning and brushing, until glazed, about 2 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a platter or plates and serve with the parsley sauce.

Make Ahead

The honey butter can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

Suggested Pairing

Chenin Blanc from South Africa has mouthwatering juiciness, perfect with these super-flavorful chicken thighs.

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