There’s something undeniably satisfying about biting into a piece of chicken that’s been grilled to perfection — tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor. But achieving that perfect balance requires more than just tossing chicken onto a grill. It requires a secret weapon: a killer marinade. And today, I’m sharing with you a low carb, balsamic-infused marinade recipe that will transform your grilled chicken from good to absolutely irresistible.

The magic of this recipe lies in the marinade. The mix of balsamic vinegar with coconut aminos and the blend of spices ensures that every bite is packed with flavor. So, the next time you’re planning a BBQ or just want to enjoy a flavorsome meal, give this grilled chicken recipe a go!

grilled chicken thighs


The Best, Low Carb Chicken Marinade

Course bbq
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Servings 4
Calories 580kcal


  • 4-6 chicken thighs preferably bone-in for maximum flavor

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos soy sauce works as a substitute
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 cup honey I use ChocZero’s keto-friendly honey substitute
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar substitute Swerve or Lakanto are my go-to choices


Mix the Wet Ingredients:

  • In a one-gallon Ziploc bag, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coconut aminos, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and honey.
  • Give the bag a gentle massage to mix these ingredients well.

Add the Seasonings:

  • To the same bag, add the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and brown sugar substitute.
  • Again, massage the bag gently to incorporate all the seasonings with the wet ingredients.

Marinate the Chicken:

  • Add your chicken thighs to the bag.
  • Seal the bag, ensuring to remove as much air as possible.
  • Massage once more to ensure the chicken is well-coated with the marinade.
  • Place the bag in the refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but up to four hours for a deeper flavor infusion.

For grilling:

  • Preheat your grill. Once heated, place the marinated chicken thighs on the grill.
  • Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  • During the grilling process, you can baste the chicken with some of the reserved marinade for added flavor.

For air frying:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Place the chicken thighs in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t overlap.
  • Cook for about 24 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the grill or air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy the juicy, flavorful goodness!



Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1611mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg

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