Coconut lime grilled chicken marinade is an easy way to infuse delicious flavor into your regular grilled chicken routine!
Well hello there Monday morning, how did you get here so fast?
We are in transition mode here this week. Last week of preschool and kindergarten this week and then the kiddos are off for the summer. They'll be at camps most weeks since I'm working, but we're sure to have plenty of afternoons in the sun, too. 🌞🕶👙
And sure to have plenty of nights eating dinner from the grill! So today I'm sharing with you a family recipe that's perfect for kicking your grilled chicken up a notch!
This chicken marinade recipe has been passed around for quite a while now...
I remember, years ago, being at my grandmother’s house. We called her Jamma and she lived in Eastern N.C., where my mom grew up.
The whole family was there, except for Jamma. We’d all gone down for her funeral and were spending time together at her house afterwards.
It seemed so strange to smell her, to be among her things, to see her knick knacks that I was so familiar with, and to not have her with us anymore.
But it also felt so good to have the rest of the family there to remember her, to tell stories, to share laughs together. To cry together, too.
At some point in the conversation, my Aunt Edith mentioned, as a side note, a handmade cookbook she had put together for my two older cousins, when they’d gotten married.
It was a collection of some of her favorite recipes that were perfect for a new wife just learning her way around the kitchen.
That was me then. I’d just been married a few months and was still learning my way around the kitchen.
This coconut lime grilled chicken marinade is one of those recipes. (She actually included several marinades in that cookbook — they love to grill! — so I’ll be sure to keep bringing those best grill recipes to you, too!)
To be perfectly honest with you though, I’m not really a huge coconut fan. I never quite got on the coconut water or coconut milk or coconut oil bandwagon. I use them all here and there, but coconut is not a go-to flavor for me.
So the first time I made this recipe, I was a bit hesitant, wondering if the coconut flavor would be really strong and we wouldn’t like it. (My husband’s also so-so on the coconut love.)
The coconut here is faint. It just barely infuses the meat, giving it a little more richness and blending so beautifully with the lime and cilantro, the red curry paste and the slight heat from the red pepper flakes.
So well balanced!
I should have known. My Aunt Edith has never steered me wrong!
Notes on coconut lime grilled chicken marinade:
- I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs here but you could certainly use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Just keep an eye on them and remove when they are cooked through (when they have reached about 160-165 on a meat thermometer).
- This recipe makes enough for about 2 pounds of chicken. Adjust as needed.
- You can find red curry paste in a small jar in the international aisle of your grocery store. Or order it online.
- You’ll want to marinate this for a minimum of 30 minutes. I think 1-2 hours is a good goal. And if you want to put this together in the morning, before work, that’s fine too.
Finally, I highly recommend you reserve about ¼ cup of the marinade to baste on while the chicken is cooking and to drizzle over at the end.
It really helps bring home the flavors and keep it extra juicy and tasty! Just be careful to separate it out before you marinate the chicken to avoid cross contamination.
Otherwise, just throw this chicken on to grill at medium/high heat and get those great sear marks, and you are going to be in for a delicious dinner.
I hope your grilling season is in full swing and that this coconut lime grilled chicken can be a new favorite, from my family to yours!
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or substitute breasts)
For the coconut lime marinade:
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ⅔ cup coconut milk (regular or low-fat)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1 tablespoon red curry paste
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Remove and reserve ¼ cup of the marinade for later.
- Place chicken in a large plastic bag and add remaining marinade. Coat the chicken in the marinade then close the bag and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Better yet, refrigerate and marinate for 1-2 hours or up to 6-8 hours.
- Remove chicken from refrigerator at least 30 minutes before grilling.
- Preheat grill to medium heat.
- Add marinated chicken to grill and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side, until cooked through. (Timing will depend on which cut of chicken you use and its thickness.)
- Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved marinade drizzled over the chicken.
I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs here but you could certainly use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Just keep an eye on them and remove when they are cooked through (when they have reached about 160-165 on a meat thermometer).
This recipe makes enough for about 2 pounds of chicken. Adjust as needed.
You can find red curry paste in a small jar in the international aisle of your grocery store.
You’ll want to marinate this for a minimum of 30 minutes. I think 1-2 hours is a good goal. And if you want to put this together in the morning, before work, that’s fine too.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 507mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g