How To Make The Best Thai Coconut Grilled Chicken For Dinner

This best Thai Coconut Chicken recipe makes the best, juiciest and delicious grilled chicken skewers marinated with thick creamy coconut cream, spices, red curry paste, and soy sauce. Serve these Thai coconut grilled chicken with peanut coconut sauce, will make you ask for more!


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Juicy and smoky Thai coconut grilled chicken is perfect for any summer BBQ/grilling party or an outing. Here chicken thigh pieces are marinated with coconut milk/cream, red curry paste, spices and sauces to make the chicken delicious and further grilled.


Grilled chicken is cooked till the edges are charred and the chicken gets caramelized and brown in color, then serve this chicken with rice or with lettuce making them into lettuce wraps or serve on side of a salad.

a white plate with Thai coconut grilled chicken skewers

Thai Coconut Grilled Chicken

Ingredients for grilled coconut chicken skewers?

Following are the things used in making this recipe:

  • Chicken:  You can use chicken thigh pieces or boneless breast meat. Thigh meat works best for this recipe as the breast meat tends to get dry and chewy if cooked for longer and at high heat.
  • Ginger/Garlic:  Gives the flavor to the chicken required to make the chicken flavorful. you can use freshly grated ginger and garlic or mince them. You can also use store-bought ginger and garlic paste.
  • Red Curry Paste:   The Thai flavors required for adding the spiciness to the chicken. You can adjust the quantity of this paste as per your spice tolerance level.
  • Oyster Sauce + Soy Sauce:  Oyster sauce adds the Umami flavor to the dish and soy sauce gives darker color to the final dish.
  • Coconut Cream:   Adding coconut cream or thick coconut milk will give this dish that subtle flavor which makes this dish so interesting. Coconut gives moisture to the chicken that prevents it from drying out while grilling.
  • Spices:   Additional flavor addition to the recipe is by adding the coriander powder, turmeric powder.

ingredients to marinate chicken

How do you make grilled Thai coconut chicken skewers?

Following are the easy steps to be followed to make this delicious and easy coconut milk/cream marinated grilled chicken.

Step1:   Marinate the chicken

In a mixing bowl add the chicken thigh pieces cut into 1 x 1-inch chunks.

Add ginger and garlic, brown sugar, turmeric powder, coriander powder, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, red curry paste, coconut cream and mix well to make sure the chicken is coated well with the marinade.

steps how to make Thai coconut grilled chicken
Cover and keep the chicken refrigerated for an hour or more. If you marinate the chicken and keep it overnight then better.
how to make Thai coconut grilled chicken
a bowl with marinated Thai coconut chicken

Step2:   Skewering the chicken and grilling the chicken

If you are using wooden/bamboo skewers then soak them in water, to avoid the skewers burning while grilling.

Carefully skewer the chicken pieces, make sure that the chicken is skewered tightly so that pieces do not fall off the skewers.

Heat the grill or oven or the grill pan. Brush grill with oil.
Grill the chicken for 4 to 5mins, keep turning the skewers 2 to 3 times to ensure even cooking on all sides. 


Brush leftover marinade to the chicken and grill till the chicken is caramelized and appears brown. Do this till the edges appear charred.
thai coconut chicken skewers arranged on a tray
lettuce cups with thai coconut grilled chicken

a white plate with grilled Thai coconut chicken skewers

Step3:   Prepare peanut coconut sauce

In a mixing bowl add the ingredients for making the peanut coconut sauce and mix well till the sauce is mixed well.

a white bowl with thai peanut sauce

FAQ's :

How do you keep chicken from drying out on the grill?

If you are using chicken thigh meat then the chicken pieces will less likely to dry out, compared to using chicken breast meat.

To avoid the chicken from drying out, grill the chicken at low to medium heat. Also, apply the leftover marinade to the chicken while it's cooking to keep the moisture on the chicken intact.


How long do you marinate chicken before grilling?

To get the flavors infused in the chicken, marinate the chicken for at least an hour.

The longer you marinate the chicken the better, as the chicken will get the best of flavors from the marinade. You can even marinate the chicken overnight.

lettuce cups with thai coconut chicken

Do you grill chicken on high heat or low heat?

Always cook chicken on low or medium to keep the moisture on the chicken intact and avoid the chicken drying out.

How long do you grill chicken?

Ideally, keep checking the chicken as it's getting cooked. Look out if the chicken gets burned or getting overcooked.

Cook till the edges of the chicken is charred and the chicken looks caramelized. You can grill chicken for 5mins on each side and keep turning the chicken skewers 2 to 3 times to ensure even cooking.

a close up of a white plate with grilled Thai coconut chicken skewers

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How To Make The Best Thai Coconut Grilled Chicken For Dinner

How To Make The Best Thai Coconut Grilled Chicken For Dinner
Servings: 5 Servings
Author: Savory Bites Recipes
Prep Time:: 10 MinCook Time:: 20 MinTotal Time:: 30 Min
This best Thai Coconut Chicken recipe makes the best, juiciest and delicious grilled chicken skewers marinated with thick creamy coconut cream, spices, red curry paste, and soy sauce. Serve these Thai coconut grilled chicken with peanut coconut sauce, will make you ask for more!

Ingredients

For Grilling Chicken:
  • 1 lb approx/ 500 Grams Chicken Thigh Fillets, skinless, boneless, cut into 1x1 chunks
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic,minced
  • Salt as per need
  • 1 tsp Red Thai Curry Paste
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Cream or Milk(Thick)
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
For Peanut Coconut Sauce:
  • 1/3 CUp Coconut Cream / Milk
  • 1.5 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1.5 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Red Thai Curry Paste
  • 1 to 2 tsp Water
  • 1.5 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
Serve With:
  • Lettuce (make Lettuce Wraps)
  • Tomato,Onion,Cucumber salad

Instructions

Grill Thai Coconut Chicken
  1. In a mixing bowl add the chicken and add all the ingredients one by one (ginger, garlic, salt, brown sugar, red curry paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, coconut cream, soy sauce, oyster sauce).
  2. Mix well to coat the chicken with all the ingredients.
  3. You can leave the chicken refrigerated for 1 to 2 hrs or even overnight.
  4. If you are using wooden/bamboo skewers then soak them in water for at least an hour. This will avoid the skewers getting burned.
  5. Heat the grill/oven, brush the grill with oil/the grill pan.
  6. Skewer the chicken pieces. Make sure the chicken pieces are firmly skewered. This will make it easy to turn the skewers around to ensure even cooking.
  7. Grill the chicken for 4-5mins and turn the chicken to ensure even cooking on all sides, till the edges of the chicken turn charred. 
  8. Brush the chicken with leftover marinade and grill further.
  9. Repeat this 2 to 3 times till the chicken is caramelized and golden brown color.
Prepare Peanut Coconut Sauce
  1. In a mixing bowl, add coconut cream/milk, peanut butter, lime juice, red curry paste, water, and hoisin.
  2. Mix everything well till the sauce is fully mixed well.
Serve the chicken:
  1. Serve the grilled chicken with peanut sauce, over a bed of rice , as lettuce wraps or with tomato-onion-cucumber salad.

Notes:

  • Marinating chicken for a long time gets the flavors infused well in the chicken.


  • Skewering the chicken firmly on the skewers will make it easier to turn the skewers to ensure even cooking.


  • Adjust the red curry paste accordingly to the spice level.


  • You can serve this grilled Thai coconut grilled chicken with rice or serve with lettuce and turn it into lettuce wraps. You can also serve with onion, tomato, and cucumber salad.

Calories

1017.61

Fat (grams)

49.94

Sat. Fat (grams)

35.63

Carbs (grams)

115.77

Fiber (grams)

1.51

Net carbs

114.26

Sugar (grams)

103.40

Protein (grams)

32.09

Sodium (milligrams)

1447.09

Cholesterol (grams)

138.82
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