Coconut grilled chicken

Coconut grilled chicken

Leanne Kitchen

Cooking this chicken might make a slight mess of your barbecue, but it’s completely worth it, especially if you cook it as the Thais do, over coals. This is an easy dish that practically everyone loves. If you feel like cooking a Thai feast, it goes perfectly with a Thai-style salad and rice, plus a curry and a simple stir-fry of leafy vegetables. You can cut each thigh in half before marinating, if you are sharing this among a large number of people. Just reduce the cooking time by 6 minutes.


Quantity Ingredient
10 chicken thighs on the bone
6 large dried red chillies, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes, drained
3 lemongrass stems, chopped, white part only
2 teaspoons ground coriander
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh turmeric
or 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
300ml coconut milk
60ml fish sauce
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
Sweet chilli sauce, to serve
lime wedges, to serve


  1. Using a large, sharp knife, trim the excess bone of each chicken thigh to give a nice shape. Set aside.
  2. Combine the drained chillies in a food processor with the lemongrass, coriander, garlic and turmeric and process until a smooth paste forms. Alternatively, use a mortar and pestle. Combine with the coconut milk, fish sauce and pepper in a large bowl and add the chicken pieces. Using your hands, turn the chicken to coat well in the mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature. Drain the chicken well, reserving the marinade and brushing off any solids.
  4. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan to medium. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally and brushing the chicken with the reserved marinade from time to time, for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with the sweet chilli sauce and lime wedges.
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