Spicy Coconut Grilled Chicken Thighs

By October 24, 2023Recipes

Welcome to your newest go-to summer marinade, featuring some spicy sambal, brown sugar and coconut milk to balance out the heat, and lots of fresh ginger and lime juice. This one’s just as awesome with shrimp or flank or skirt steak as it is with chicken thighs.


  • 1 x 7.5 cm piece fresh ginger
  • 5 x garlic cloves
  • 190 ml coconut milk
  • 60 ml hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)
  • 60 ml fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Diamond Crystal or 1¾ tsp.
  • Morton kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for grill
  • 900 g skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 125 ml cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare a grill for medium heat. Finely grate ginger and garlic into a medium bowl. Add coconut milk, chili paste, lime juice, brown sugar, salt, and 2 Tbsp. oil and whisk to combine. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let sit at least 15 minutes or up to 4 hours.

    Step 2

    Remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip back into bowl, and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Pour marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2–3 minutes.

    Step 3

    Clean and generously oil grate of grill (if there are a few flare-ups while you do so, not to worry, they will burn off). Grill chicken, turning once and basting occasionally with marinade, until you see some good grill marks and chicken is cooked through, 8–10 minutes.

    Step 4

    Transfer chicken to a platter. Brush with remaining marinade. Top with cilantro and serve with lime wedges alongside.