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It had been years since I’d made this Grilled Thai Chicken and that was definitely a major oversight. The Asian flavors from coconut milk, lime juice, garlic, fish sauce and cilantro impart a magnificent flavor and make for one outstanding entree!

This Quick Chicken Recipe is super easy to prepare. Marinate, grill and eat! This will become a family favorite recipe!

Grilled Thai Chicken on a white plate with lime slices

Grilled Thai Chicken

When I spotted this grilled Thai chicken recipe on Roz’s blog, La Bella Vita, I knew instantly I’d love this chicken.  Just full of delicious Asian flavors, it’s the perfect light dinner.  Who doesn’t need that after all the holiday indulging?

I halved the Sriracha and red pepper flakes to tone down the spice factor so not to overwhelm the hubby’s delicate palate, but I think the family could have handled the full dose. I left a range so feel free to use the full amount (or more) if you like spicy. Fish sauce can be quite salty, so there’s no need to add any additional salt, but a little freshly ground black pepper is a nice addition.

More Grilled Chicken Recipes

We love to grill all year long. My husband has been known to dust the snow off his Big Green Egg so he can grill in the winter. With chicken always stocked in our freezer, having a tried and true repertoire of recipes is key. This Quick Chicken Recipe is one of our favorites. When 

This Beer Can Chicken is moist, tender and cooked to perfection! Or how about Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken? These Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs are a family favorite. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can make this Asian inspired Chicken, Broccoli and Bell Pepper Stir Fry instead! Why not finish the meal with some Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies?

Grilled Thai Chicken on a square white plate with chive blossomsAsian Chicken Recipe

I’ve made loads of wonderful friends from the world of food blogging and met many of them in person over the last 6 years. I resurrected this old post so I could tell you about Roz. If you’re not already a fan of La Bella Vita, be sure to scurry on over. You will fall for all Roz’s gorgeous Italian dishes and more. She is also one of the biggest-hearted, talented bloggers ever. With a spectacular combination of flavors, her Asian Grilled Chicken Recipe caught my eye!

I have to let you in on a little secret. About a year into blogging, I realized that I had met Roz in real life decades ago. Isn’t that remarkable???  She left the kindest comment on my blog, and slowly we put two and two together.  We grew up only blocks away from each other, and her youngest sister, Kelly, is one of my dearest friends. But there is enough of an age difference that when I was hanging out at Kelly’s, Roz was busy with high school activities or off to college.

Kelly and I even trekked down to St. Louis when we were in college to visit a mutual friend, and that city happened to be Roz’s home at the time. Roz invited us to dinner and prepared a gourmet feast right out of Bon Appetit.  I’m certain our unsophisticated palates didn’t fully appreciate her creations, especially her exquisite boozed up poached pears, but I do now!  I know you’ll enjoy this grilled Thai chicken as well as the rest of her delectable recipes.

Grilled Thai Chicken on a square white plate with lime and chives

Tips for Prepping this Asian Grilled Chicken Ahead of Time

Make ahead meals are perfect for busy families or those days you’re away from the house most of the day. Did you know that you can put meat and a marinade into a Ziploc bag, seal it and pop it in the freezer for later use?? Isn’t that a terrific idea?

When you’re ready to cook, defrost the sealed bag of marinated chicken overnight in the refrigerator (time may vary depending on your fridge and how full it is), and grill as directed. As the chicken defrosts, the marinade has a chance to infuse into the meat.

You can also make a double batch of this recipe and divvy it up into two bags. One goes into the freezer for later, and the other half can be grilled that day!

Used to Make This Recipe:

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Grilled Thai Chicken

Grilled Thai Chicken

A fabulous chicken marinade full of Asian flavors. Adapted from The Beach House Cookbook

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1 cup coconut milk (mix before measuring)
  • 1/3 cup nam pla (Asian fish sauce)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 small cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 shallots, peeled and minced
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon hot sauce, I used Sriracha
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5-6 chicken breasts, bone-in and skin on
  • 1 fresh lime, for garnish


  1. Combine the coconut milk, nam pla, lime juice, garlic, shallots, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, and cilantro in a large ziploc bag. Add the chicken and marinate for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator, turning occasionally.
  2. Grill till meat reaches an internal temperature of 160º. Serve with lime wedges.


To make ahead and cook on another day, place marinade and chicken in a ziploc bag, remove as much air as possible, and seal. Freeze.

The night before you plan to cook, pull the chicken out of the freezer and defrost in the refrigerator overnight (defrosting time may vary depending on your refrigerator). Grill as directed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 39g


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19 comments on “Grilled Thai Chicken”

  1. I love Thai flavour! The grilled chicken must be very tasty with coconut milk and cilantro..which are my absolute favourites!

  2. I really think I’d like this chicken! As a matter of fact, coconut milk might even be a focus ‘food’ this year for me… Happy New Year Liz-I wish you all the best in 2018:@)

  3. We’re crazy about Thai food around here, so I’m so excited to try this! It went straight into my Evernote file to be used in meal plans soon 🙂 Thanks, looks delicious!

  4. Chicken always needs so much flavor and I love that you have added serious punch in this dish. Happy New Year, Liz!! xoxo

  5. I love your make at home version! Definitely a keeper!

  6. This chicken sounds and looks delicious! I’ve never used coconut milk with chicken so it’s on my must try list. You and Roz both always have great food! Happy New Year, Liz!

  7. Love the flavors going on in this chicken

  8. So much flavor in this chicken! Looks delicious and healthy is an extra bonus!

  9. Yum, this sounds jsut wonderful! I love new flavors and ways of doing chicken and Thai is right up our alley!

  10. Your Grilled Thai Chicken looks fabulous! These flavors are very close to home and I know I would adore it. Happy New Year to your and your family, Liz!

  11. It is always grilling season here in my part of Florida and this chicken is being put on the must try list.

  12. Now this is my kind of recipe, exotic flavors. Full on heat for me please 🙂 Blogging friends are the best!

  13. These are all flavors I love – yum!

  14. I love the combination of flavors in this chicken. Now….if it was only warm enough to grill. I”ll have to put that on the menu later on in the year.

  15. I’ve only had Thai food once and the chicken was similar to this. Nice to have a recipe to recreate that tasty memory at home.

  16. Oh my gosh, Liz, I stopped by to read your latest recipes and of course I was immediately drawn to open up and read your recipe for Thai Chicken. After Italian food, I am a crazy maniac addicted to Thai food since I prepare it so seldomly. Truth is my insecurities always win in my attempts to try a new Thai recipe fearing that it will never stack up to the real deal that I experienced in my 2 summers in Thailand teaching. I am so honored that you mentioned me and our wonderful history in Ames and St. Louis when I had the joy of cooking for my sister and you. I am so happy that you also ‘caught the cooking bug’ and how successful your blog and TV appearances, etc. have been! It is totally amazing to know a cooking star from our own little neighborhood in Iowa.

    Again, thank you so much for speaking such kind words of me, I can’t tell you how surprised I was when I thought “oh a fabulous Thai recipe that I must try”.

    I wish you the best with your amazing blog and your incredible talent in the kitchen and community in Indianapolis. You do Ames, Iowa proud!


  17. My kids definitely gonna love these.

  18. My mouth is literally watering and I look at the pictures (great photography) and read the recipe. This is a dish that my family would love. Pinned!

  19. Thai flavors are always a favorite around here. And I love that the chicken is grilled!

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