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Grilled Sweet Savory Buttermilk Chicken

This recipe is a combination of a couple of recipes I've been looking at to try. I like the idea of using low fat buttermilk, or what could be referred to as grandma's probiotic, for marinating but you can also use a half and half mix of yogurt and milk if you like. The garlic and honey add just a mild flavor to very tender chicken.


  • 1 1/2 cups  buttermilk
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp green onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 12 chicken thighs with skin and bone in 
  • a sprinkle of salt and red pepper flakes (just before putting on the grill)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp green onion, chopped fine
  1. In glass bowl, combine buttermilk, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Add chicken. Cover and refrigerate for several hours, turning or rearranging pieces to coat a couple of times.
  2. When ready to cook, remove chicken to plate and discard buttermilk marinade. Sprinkle lightly with salt and red pepper flakes. 
  3. Heat grill to medium high and place chicken on greased grill, turning as needed to cook both sides with lid closed for the most part.  
  4. Cook about 30 - 35 minutes or just before internal temperature gets to 165 F. Baste with honey mustard glaze for last few minutes of cooking.


  1. Going to have to give this a try, only I have to use boneless chicken breast, my husband not one for thighs and bones.

    1. That works too! The buttermilk marinade tenderizes the meat and keeps it from drying out.

  2. Could you make this in the oven as well?

    If it tastes as good as it looks it must have been over-the-top delicious!


    1. I don't see why it would not work in the oven in a roasting pan.

  3. LOVE chicken - sons said they will start laying eggs if we eat anymore. I don't think they will complain with this recipe.

  4. I made this for dinner last night, delicious! Marinated a whole cut-up chicken all day and added half a tsp garlic powder to the glaze for the tender, so good! served with macaroni salad and green salad...the perfect Summer meal :)


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