Grilled Thai Chicken #SundaySupper

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!Grilled Thai Chicken | Marinated in coconut milk with fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and cilantro, this is one of the BEST grilled chicken dishes you'll ever taste!

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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 additional salt, but a little freshly ground black pepper is a nice addition.

Grilled Thai Chicken | Marinated in coconut milk with fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and cilantro, this is one of the BEST grilled chicken dishes you'll ever taste!The Joys of Blogging

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.

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 | Marinated in coconut milk with fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and cilantro, this is one of the BEST grilled chicken dishes you'll ever taste!

Healthy Make Ahead Freezer Meals

This week, the Sunday Supper Crew is focusing on healthy, make-ahead meals. 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! Check out some more healthy, make ahead freezer meals from my Sunday Supper friends:

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Grilled Thai Chicken

Serves 6 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

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


  • 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.


Recipe Notes

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 Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 388kcal Calories from fat 206
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1363mg 57%
Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 36g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  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.


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