Barbecue chicken thighs take on a delicious Persian twist with a quick, all-natural marinade. A simple tomato-avocado salata (salad) tops it. Fire up the grill for this easy, unfussy recipe!

This recipe is brought to you in partnership with Wild Garden. All opinions are my own.

Persian-Style Barbecue Chicken Thighs topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes and onion

During warmer months--which are plenty here in the south--nothing gets more use than our little Weber.

And for me, a self-confessed grilling novice, boneless, skinless chicken thighs are a safe place. In fact, they're top of my favorite-to-grill list. While they offer the benefits of boneless chicken breasts--convenience and fast cooking--there is almost zero chance of drying them up. Good news!

Barbecue Chicken Thighs with a Persian twist plated to be served

Today's barbecue chicken thighs recipe takes on a delicious Persian twist. And if we were to compile a list of "ridiculously easy recipes," this one would likely make the top!

Here, I reached for one of my favorite new finds, this healthy, all-natural Persian marinade from Wild Garden. This is a delicious, velvety, thick marinade with fragrant Persian notes including citrus, garlic, sumac, and fennel!

All there is to do is pour the marinade to coat the chicken. And if you don't have time, you can absolutely throw the chicken on the grill immediately. No need to marinate for hours!

Barbecue Chicken Thighs served with a side of Pita Bread, Bag of Persian marinade shown in photo.

What to serve with Persian Barbecue Chicken Thighs

To serve, I like topping the barbecue chicken thighs with a quick, citrusy tomato and avocado salata (salad). Add a side of warm pita bread and some homemade Tzatziki sauce!

If you're up for more, here are a few favorite sides: roasted red pepper hummus; baba ganoush;  fattoush salad; couscous salad; or one of Wild Garden's heat-and-serve pilafs.


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Persian-Style Barbecue Chicken Thighs Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Quick recipe for flavor-packed, tender chicken with Persian flavors. No waiting with this marinade! Top the chicken with our easy tomato avocado salad! See the full recipe on

Easy Persian-Style Barbecue Chicken Thighs


Barbecue chicken thighs take on a delicious Persian twist with a quick, all-natural marinade. A simple tomato-avocado salata (salad) tops it. Fire up the grill for this easy, unfussy recipe!



For Chicken

  • 8-10 boneless and skinless chicken thighs (Or about 1.5 lb to 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken pieces of similar size)
  • 1 6-oz package Wild Garden Persian Quick Marinade

For Tomato Avocado Salata (salad)

  • 1 green pepper, cored, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Big handful basil leaves, torn


  1. Pat the chicken thighs dry and place in a wide deep dish. Pour in the Wild Garden Persian marinade. Coat the chicken completely with the marinade. Set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes or so.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly oil your outdoor grill grates and preheat.  You'll want the grill to be very hot.
  3. Once the grill is ready, lay the chicken down on the grill grates. Close the lid, and leave the thighs alone for 3 - 4 minutes. Turn the thighs over, and you should see the cooked side nicely seared, with dark grill marks. Allow the second side to cook for another 3 – 4 minutes with the lid closed. The thighs should be cooked through (to be sure, use an instant read meat thermometer. Internal temp should be between 165 degrees F and 170 degrees F). Remove from heat and place on a serving platter to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the tomato avocado salata. Place all the salata ingredients (except the basil) in a medium bowl. Toss gently to combine. Add the basil and give it one more toss.
  5. Top the chicken with the tomato avocado salata, and add warm pita bread for an easy side! Enjoy!


  • To find Wild Garden marinades at a store near you, click here for the store locator.
  • In case you need to feed a larger crowd, the Wild Garden marinade can cover up to 3 lb of boneless chicken thighs. And you can simply double the salata recipe.
  • See suggested sides and salads in the post under "what to serve with Persian Barbecue Chicken Thighs."
  • Recommended for the salad Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil
  • Visit our store to browse our spices, olive oils and bundles!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean/Persian

Keywords: Persian Barbecue Chicken Thighs, chicken thighs, Barbecue chicken, BBQ, BBQ chicken, BBQ chicken thighs

Chicken Thighs with a Persian BBQ marinade served with pita bread

This post is brought to you in partnership with Wild Garden. To learn about Wild Garden Taste of The Mediterranean Products, go here. To locate a store near  you, go here; or purchase online here. 


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Persian-Style Barbecue Chicken Thighs Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Quick recipe for flavor-packed, tender chicken with Persian flavors. No waiting with this marinade! Top the chicken with our easy tomato avocado salad! See the full recipe on

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  1. I just found your site and we made 4 of your recipes for dinner last week and all were terrific - Sheet pan smoked paprika chicken with chick peas - serve with basmati rice
    Easy persian style barbeque chicken thighs
    Mediterranean halibut with vegetables
    Mediterranean shrimp and orzo soup
    And this week I am finding more from you! The Easy Lime-Harissa Spicy Salmon with the Lemon Roasted Broccoli is already on the list!
    I absolutely love the Wild Garden Persian Sumac marinade - what else are you using it for??
    Thank you so much for your absolutely scrumptious recipes!!

    1. Wow! You were on a roll cooking last week :). So glad you're finding a lot a great things to make here. The Wild Garden Persian Sumac marinade is not one of our recipes, though. Were you maybe thinking of something else?

  2. I couldn't find the marinade anywhere, so I used paprika, garlic, salt, cayenne, coriander, and a lil cinnamon,, marinated 4 hours, then grilled. It was perfect, tender, full o f robust flavor, nice grilled marks. I served it with the tomato salad and your roasted cauli. This is one I will make again and again. Yum!

  3. We’ve tried numerous recipes from your web site and I have to say without a doubt we have not had a recipe we did not like
    This is a great recipe for quick delicious dinners
    The salad is delicious also, I don’t want to forget about that.
    If I can get my wife to eat her vegetables, you know the recipes are
    Our pantry’s gone through a major revamp and now has spices
    We use for every meal.
    We’ve picked up numerous cookbooks now and constantly search
    For new and exciting recipes!!!
    Thank you for all your shared goodness!

  4. Please advise ingredients to make
    “all-natural Persian marinade from Wild Garden “
    From scratch, as it isn’t available where I live.
    Thanks ?

  5. Hi suz

    I hope you are well

    Can this be made in the oven ?? I don’t have a grill. If so how long in the oven do I have to leave it? What temperature? Do I cover the pot with foil or no? Thanks a lot


  7. I made this today and it was SO good! Since I had time, I put t the chicken in the marinade in the morning. I made the salsa and Tzatziki sauce too. I served it with warm naan bread and rice. This will definitely be in our dinner rotation!

  8. I’m fixing it this weekend for family I have wanted to try something cool and tasty and this recipe has everything that we enjoy and so easy to prepare . Most of the time I spend my time cooking never visiting with the children and grandkids . Can’t wait to try

  9. Can you put a list of what ingredients are in the Persian marinade packet as we don't have that in UK?

    Many thanks, this recipe looks lovely and easy, so I'm hoping I can make it 🙂

    1. Sure! Bake in 425F heated-oven for about 20 minutes or so (the internal temp of the chicken should be 165 degrees F when done).

  10. Oh, Ma! Your recipe looks so delicious! Barbecue chicken thighs with tomato sound awesome. I can not wait to make one.

  11. I love the colors and the flavors of this dish, it is perfect for a nice dinner among friends! Looking forward to give a Persian twist to my next chicken night 🙂

    1. You're right! This is a great one for a crowd of friends and family. Hope you enjoy it 1

  12. What a fabulously convenient marinade, I adore sumac, so I can't wait to try it.

  13. Yum! I love the pop of color from the tomatoes and avocado on these Persian barbecue chicken thighs! Do you think the marinade would work well on chicken breasts as well? If so, I'll have to pick some up!

    1. Absolutely, Rebecca! This marinade works on any protein of your choice, chicken thighs/breasts, meat, or even fish. It's a great one!

  14. I cook chicken all the time, but I've never made it Persian-style before. Definitely going to give this seasoning a try!