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Buffalo Chicken Thighs

This buffalo chicken thighs recipe is tasty and easy to make. It’s like having buffalo chicken wings but a lot more meat. You’re going to love them!

In this recipe, I am going to give you a step by step guide with pictures and also a video if you prefer.

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Ingredient list

  • 1lb chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt 
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup Franks red hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter

How to make buffalo chicken thighs

Prepare the chicken thighs

Raw chicken thighs on cutting board

Trim any excess fat off from the chicken thighs and check to make sure there are no bones.

Now you don’t want to trim all the fat away, a lot of that fat will bring flavor to the chicken.

mixing chicken thighs in a bowl

Add your chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper into a bowl and mix thoroughly. 

The goal here is to get an equal coating of oil and seasoning over all parts of the chicken thighs.

If you like a lot of pepper don’t be afraid to add it to the chicken at this step.

Prepare the grill

Get the grill fired up and hot to make sure there are no leftover flavors on the grates from your last cook. If your last grilling recipe had bbq sauce then you might want to clean the grates first.

If you get it hot enough you will burn anything excess off.

You want to preheat your grill up to 400 degrees.

Grilling the chicken thighs

buffalo chicken thighs on a grill

Once your grill is heated to about 400 degrees, go ahead and throw your chicken on the grill.  Once you place your chicken try and leave the lid closed so it can keep a consistent temperature. 

Wait 5 minutes and then flip your chicken over. Check it again in 5 minutes and once it reaches 160 degrees pull them off the grill.

As the chicken rests it should bring the chicken up to the safe level of 165 degrees. You can always check this with a quality instant-read thermometer.

Make the buffalo hot sauce

Adding worcestershire sauce to pan
adding garlic powder to a pan

Start by adding your Franks Red Hot Sauce to a small saucepan. Add in your Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder and stir.

adding butter to a pan

Melt the butter into the sauce stirring often. You want to make sure that you use cold butter. This is going to bring thickness and creaminess to the sauce.

Bring the sauce up to a simmer and let it reduce and thicken a bit. Start stirring it as it simmers.

After it rests it will also thicken some more. The goal is to get it to a consistency that is not runny but will coat the chicken thighs well.

Mix it all together

mixing the chicken thighs with buffalo sauce

Now that you have your chicken thighs grilled and your buffalo hot sauce all mixed together, now it is time to mix the chicken and the sauce! You want a good coating of sauce all over each piece of chicken.

Serve the grilled buffalo chicken thighs

buffalo chicken thighs on a plat with celery and ranch dressing.

Serve with your choice of ranch dressing or bleu cheese dressing and a few celery stalks to help cool down the heat. ENJOY!


How to cook chicken thighs in a pan?

You can cook chicken thighs in a pan if you don’t have a grill. It is very simple. Drizzle some olive oil into your pan and let it heat up a little bit on medium heat.

Add your chicken thighs to your pan and let them cook for 5-7 minutes before flipping them over.

You want to remove your chicken thighs from the pan when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

How long do I bake chicken thighs at 400 degrees?

If you are baking your chicken thighs at 400 degrees you would want to check them around 20-23 minutes by checking the internal temperature.

Once you get a temperature of 165 degrees then go ahead and take them out and let them rest for a few minutes.

Are chicken thighs dark meat?

Chicken thighs are dark meat as well as the wings and drumsticks. They are darker in color and more tender because of the type of muscle they are.

The white meat and the dark meat are two different types of muscle and that’s why they differ in color. Chicken thighs are dark meat because of 2 different proteins that convert fat into protein within the muscles.

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Buffalo Chicken Thighs

These buffalo chicken thighs are going to change the way you think about buffalo chicken. We are talking the taste of buffalo chicken wings but with a lot more meat!
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken recipe, buffalo chicken thighs, grilled buffalo chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Bob


  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cup franks red hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Trim any excess fat off from the chicken thighs and check to make sure there are no bones. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Grill the chicken until you reach a temp of 160 degrees.
  • Add Franks hot sauce, worcestershire sauce and garlic powder to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium heat.
    When it starts to simmer add butter to the saucepan and stir until melted. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and pull it after it gets to a light boil. Keep stirring the sauce during the process.
  • Grill the chicken thighs on the grill until you reach an internal temp of 160 degrees. When the chicken rests it should come up to the requred 165 degrees for food safety.
  • Mix the buffalo sauce with the chicken thighs.
  • Serve with celery stalks and ranch dressing.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1615mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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